London Solicitors Litigation Association

October/November 2017

Dear Member,

Welcome to November’s LSLA newsletter in which we provide information about some of our future events and report on some of our recent activities.    


LSLA Annual Dinner – 23 November 2017

All members and their guests are invited to the flagship event of the Association’s year, the Annual Dinner, which will once again be held at the Law Society Hall in Chancery Lane, WC2 on the evening of Thursday 23 November 2017.  

Our guest speakers will be:

  • Rt Hon Lady Justice Gloster, Vice President of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division); and
  • Sir Paul Jenkins of Matrix Chambers, who was the United Kingdom Government’s most senior legal official and Permanent Secretary to the Attorney General from 2006 to 2014

The cost of tickets is £95 per head including champagne and wine before and during the meal. There will also be a bar after the dinner for those who wish to stay on, with carriages at 11.30pm.  

The dress code is formal black tie and evening dresses / attire.  

It is always a very popular event and tickets sell out quickly.

Further details are set out in the attached flyer, and tickets can be purchased online at

LSLA Autumn / Winter Lecture Series 2017/18

We are delighted to announce the details of the next series of LSLA lectures which will constitute talks by eminent practitioners on topical subjects of legal interest.

  • Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Hogan Lovells LLP
    "Group Actions and Prospectus Claims: lessons from the RBS Rights Issue Litigation"
    Jonathan Nash QC and Peter de Verneuil Smith – 3 Verulum Buildings
  • Tuesday 12 December 2017 at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    "Breach of confidence remedies - key developments and difficulties"
    Patrick Lawrence QC and Charles Phipps – 4 New Square Chambers
  • Tuesday 16 January 2018 at Simmons & Simmons LLP 
    "Disclosure - time for change"
    Panel: The Hon. Mr Justice Knowles CBE – Commercial Court, London, Chief Master Marsh – High Court, Chancery Division, London; Ed Crosse, partner, Simmons & Simmons, and President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA);  David Owen, Barclays Bank Plc and Caroline Field, partner, Fox & Partners and Committee Members of the LSLA
  • Thursday 1 February 2018 at Hogan Lovells LLP
    "SAAMCO comes of age - where is it now and where is it going?"
    Ben Elkington QC and Helen Evans - 4 New Square Chambers

Attendance is not limited to LSLA members. Anyone can apply for tickets via the website – or using the attached form (a confirmatory email will be sent a few days before the lecture to confirm your booking). The cost is £20 per event or £70 for all four (non-members £25 or £90). Our lectures are usually sold out, so please apply early for tickets.

Please see the attached flyer for further details. 


Junior LSLA Autumn Bash

The Junior LSLA held its Autumn Bash on 1 November 2017, marking the end of another year of successful events. The evening, kindly sponsored by Wilberforce Chambers, took place at the Tanner Warehouse. As well as enjoying the fantastic food on offer, junior litigators in attendance were able to develop their contacts among their peers in a relaxing and informal setting.

Summer Party

Our Summer Party took place at the end of September at Searcy’s at The Gerkin. Kindly sponsored by by Opentext, NERA Economic Consulting and Thomson Reuters Legal Managed Services (formerly Pangea3) members and their guests enjoyed the panoramic views from one of the most iconic venues in the City with drinks and canapes served in our exclusive area.

Thanks to all who helped organise and attended it and particularly to each of our sponsors for their generous support.

JLSLA Wine Tasting

The JLSLA’s wine tasting event held jointly with COMBAR last month was another great success.  The evening included a quiz to test attendees’ knowledge (of lack thereof!) of the wines on offer, with a prize being given to each member of the winning team.

Essay Competition for JLSLA Members

Our first LSLA Essay Competition has a winner!

That lucky winner will be announced shortly and receive the prize is £1,000. The winning essay will be published in the New Law Journal.

Further details to come… 


The LSLA has recently received the following press coverage:


A separate update will follow regarding the central role that the LSLA has played in helping to shape the proposals to reform the rules on disclosure in the Business and Property Courts. 

The LSLA President, Ed Crosse, was one of four on the sub-committee responsible for drafting the proposed new rule.  We will be inviting comment and feedback on the proposals with a view to providing a response to the consultation by 28 February 2018.

For more detail click here 


Inter-Pacific Bar Association Regional Conference, London - 13 November 2017

IPBA’s Regional Conference is taking place on 13 November and shall address the topic of modernisation and a shifting international landscape, offering English and Asian perspectives on how legal systems adapt.

The event is free of charge to members and details can be found via this link


Some of our members say that they are, on occasion, not receiving email notifications for LSLA and Junior LSLA events. We have been advised that such notifications may sometimes be blocked by our members’ firm’s IT servers, which automatically quarantine emails received from, for example, “donotreply” email addresses.

Should you not be receiving our email notifications, we would advise you to contact your firm’s IT team and request that they “whitelist” both and


The JLSLA provides:

  • Seminars designed to offer practical tips on procedural and substantive legal issues commonly faced by junior civil litigators in an interactive and relaxed atmosphere;
  • Networking events for members to meet and form contacts in their peer group; and
  • E-news on recent and future activity and key developments with the aim of ensuring that the junior perspective is reflected in the LSLA's responses to consultation papers. 

The JLSLA is aimed at solicitors of 8 years PQE and less.  Members of the LSLA will automatically become members of the JLSLA if they qualify by year of admission and complete the relevant section of the membership form.

The JSLA also has firm Champions, who act as the point of contact between the JLSLA committee and their firm.

If you are interested in joining the JLSLA or being the JLSLA Champion for your firm, please contact the JLSLA President, Leigh Callaway at

The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile at


The LSLA is delighted to announce that the Association now has over 2,400 members, including 974 members of the JLSLA and 31 corporate member firms.  

Corporate membership can offer a real saving to firms.  Essentially, for £500 a firm with corporate membership can register an unlimited number of litigation solicitors working for it in London as members.  Please contact Chris Bushell at if you would like further information or to take out corporate membership.

Otherwise, you can join the LSLA by visiting our website at  If you are 8 years PQE or less you will automatically become a member of the JLSLA if you input your year of admission when completing your online membership application.

Members are also welcome to join the LSLA LinkedIn group at


When making payments for membership and our events we would kindly request that you quote the correct data to identify the matter to which the payment relates. Incorrect identification often occurs where a firm’s accounts team makes a payment to the LSLA as an existing payee, using old order data rather than updating the payment instruction to include the new order number.

Updating payment data to correctly reference the event to which a payment relates would significantly ease the LSLA’s administrative burden. Thank you for your continued support and assistance. 


Our website at includes: details of our forthcoming events, copies of the responses we have filed to recent consultations, recent articles and press citing members of the association, and past editions of the newsletter.

You can also join the LSLA via our website as well as sign up for future events on it.

We hope that our website will prove a source of information for members.  Please let us know if you have any comments on it.


The White Book refers to the LSLA maintaining details of individuals who might be able to act as supervising solicitors for the execution of Search Orders.  Our list continues to grow and is updated quarterly.  We invite those suitably qualified to provide us with their details, including relevant experience, for inclusion on the list.