London Solicitors Litigation Association

September 2012

Now that the Summer break is over, welcome back to the latest edition of the LSLA Newsletter.  Below are details of some of our recent and forthcoming events together with some offers and discounts we have arranged for you on legal courses and books.

The LSLA aims to be as inclusive to members as possible, so we hope you will become involved with our events and activities.


Annual Dinner – 27 November 2012

The Annual Dinner will take place at the Law Society on 27 November 2012.  This year to mark our 60th Anniversary the speakers will include Lord Falconer, the barrister, Labour politician and former Lord Chancellor. 

You should have already received your application form for tickets.  In case you have not a copy is attached.  The dinner is usually very popular so please make sure you order tickets promptly to avoid missing out.  We have held the ticket price from last year for this black tie event to £95 for members and non-members.

Autumn Lecture Series

We are putting together the Autumn Lecture Series for which several eminent speakers and current topics are being considered.  We shall provide you with further details when these are available. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for speakers or topics, please send them to Alex Luke on

LSLA Membership

Application Forms to renew membership or for new members should have already been sent to you.  In case you have not received these a further copy is attached.

Volunteers wanted to assist on the LSLA Subcommittees

There are several newly established subcommittees of the LSLA including:

  • Events (social/dinners and education/lectures);
  • Communications (social media, website, newsletter, publications and PR consultants);
  • Law & Consultations; and
  • Bar Liaison, Court User Groups and other groups. 

Each subcommittee shall ideally be comprised of members of the LSLA Committee and other members of the LSLA.  In previous months’ newsletters we have sought volunteers to assist on these subcommittees.  The responses are being considered, but it is not too late for you to help. If you are interested in becoming involved with one of our subcommittees, please contact Alex Luke on identifying in which subcommittee you are interested.

List of Supervising Solicitors

As you might know 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.  Please send your details to Alex Luke at

LSLA on Twitter

Our user name is LSLA1.   Do follow us, as we are tweeting information about the LSLA's events and lectures, submissions to consultations, and news of interest to litigators.  Please also encourage colleagues, friends and firms to do the same.

LSLA on LinkedIn

We have now joined the JLSLA by having a profile on LinkedIn.  We have kept this as a members’ only group so there might be a slight delay in your being able to use the site initially.  The site will be used to:

  1. provide a members only discussion forum;
  2. encourage feedback and participation in consultations/debates;
  3. disseminate details of forthcoming events (including lectures, dinners etc.);
  4. circulate LSLA and JLSLA news;
  5. provide links to articles written by our members; and
  6. update members on any legal issues of interest.

Please do join our group at the following link: and encourage other members to do so.  The profile for the JLSLA is at

Offers to Members

Law Society Civil Justice Section Conference: "Litigators: survive and thrive"

Thursday 18 October, The Law Society, 6½ hrs  CPD

Members are offered a £100 discount (on the PC holder delegate fee rate) for the conference.

The conference will explore emerging markets for civil litigators, fresh approaches to marketing our services and some current hot topics.  The comprehensive programme will cover: new areas of litigation to target (eg cross border litigation, group litigation/collective redress, small scale patent work, contentious probate and insolvency), advocacy, litigation funding, profile raising using the press and media, a possible view of the future from Australia (how alternative business structures operate and how a mature litigation funding market works in group litigation, based on collective redress), procedural updates (including hot tubbing, e-disclosure and life after referral fees) and tips for gaining work from in-house lawyers.

To book your place and claim your discount please email and for more information about the course see

IBC Legal Conferences: Global Financial Institutions Litigation Conference 2012:

A Strategic Look at Developments in Cases and Disputes Impacting Global Businesses

Thursday 25 October, Central London, 6¼ hrs CPD

Members are offered a 20% discount on the conference.

Sixteen specialist speakers will provide advice on the latest developments in litigation, including the latest cases and disputes involving banks and other financial bodies.  Amongst the topics to be discussed are: the global financial crisis and sovereign debt, mis-selling of financial products, trends in financial services litigation, the FSA’s review of financial crime, litigation or arbitration of financial disputes, litigation funding and the new contingency rules, insolvency and restructuring litigation and ISDA determinations and counterparty.

See more on the agenda here. For your 20% LSLA saving quote VIP code: FKW82323LSLE2 when booking.

Butterworths Conferences: Costs & Litigation Funding Forum 2012

Wednesday 31 October 2012, Central London, 6hrs CPD

A 15% discount is offered to LSLA members (bringing the price down to £424).

Billed as “an essential update on changes taking place in the litigation arena”, the conference will be chaired by His Honour Michael Cook, author of “Cook on Costs”.  The Speaker panel includes Master Peter Haworth of the Senior Courts Costs Office and His Honour Judge Simon Brown QC, a specialist Mercantile Judge, who will provide guidance on the key changes to the costs and litigation funding landscape to maximise opportunities post the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

Jonathan Djanogly MP, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice shall also discuss the reform of civil litigation costs and funding.

To book your place email quoting LSLA to receive your 15% discount.  For general inquiries pleased call +44 (0) 845 520 5500.  You can also find out more information at

SCL-The IT Community - Mr Justice Akenhead, "Technology and Dispute Resolution”  Wednesday 16 January 2013 6.30 pm at SNR Denton LLP, London 1hr CPD

Reduced rate offered to member of £35 + VAT (£42).

Mr Justice Akenhead, Judge in Charge, Technology and Construction Court, will speak in an event chaired by John Linneker, a Partner of SNR Denton UK LLP on the topic of “Judges and Technology: Friends and Foes”. 

Sir Robert Akenhead will speak about the burdens and benefits that he finds flow from technology and the impact this has on the role of a modern judge. Given his unique perspective, Sir Robert will have many interesting insights on the perils of inadequate (and overly detailed) e-disclosure, the role of technology in effective case management, the diverse nature of electronic evidence, e-filing and best practice in technical disputes more generally.

The talk offers you an opportunity to gain an insight into judicial thinking and the requirements of the TCC.

Full details appear on the SCL web site at:

To book your place and take advantage of the reduced rate please email your booking to stating that you are a member of the LSLA.  It is not possible to book online and still obtain the reduced rate. 

“Shareholder Claims” by David Greene

One of our former Presidents and current Committee Member, David Greene, has written a book entitled “Shareholder Claims”.  Click on to see a copy of the leaflet explaining the matters covered in it.

Jordan Publishing is offering LSLA members a 10% discount on the book.  To claim this discount, you must enter the promotion code 'S502X' at the checkout stage of an online order. Alternatively you can order the book by telephone by calling 0117 918 1492. Jordan has also said that it would be happy to discuss a further discount on bulk orders. If you would like more information on this, please call their sales team on 0117 918 1555.

The Junior LSLA

JLSLA Autumn Bash – 25 October 2012

Members and their guests are invited to the inaugural JLSLA Autumn Bash to be held at Portal Bar & Restaurant.  Tickets for the champagne reception and three course meal with live music are £55 for members and £65 for non-members.  Application forms were circulated earlier this month and a further copy is attached.


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 (copy attached).   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, Nikki Edwards, at

Recent Press

Since our last newsletter Committee Members of the LSLA have appeared in and written articles for several publications including: