LSLA

London Solicitors Litigation Association

September 2014

Welcome to this month’s newsletter which contains details of some of our future events and also important news about changes in procedure for filing and drawing orders in the Chancery Division of the High Court in London.

The deadline for responding to the latest survey conducted by the LSLA and New Law Journal about the Jackson reforms has also been extended to 22 September so we call on members to file the replies as soon as they can.


FUTURE EVENT

JLSLA Workshop – 18 September 2014 - SOLD OUT

Entitled “Clients are from Mars and Solicitors are from Venus. How to work effectively with difficult clients”, the workshop will be an interactive session led by Maktuno Suit, a psychodynamic psychotherapist, addressing how to work effectively with challenging clients. It will explore issues relating to solicitor/client relationships and offer practical tools for managing client’s behaviour and solicitors’ responses.

LSLA/Combar Dinner – 14 October 2014

Committee members of the LSLA and Combar have planned another meeting and dinner to discuss how we can work together to maximise the efficiency of the Courts and share experiences. We have found these particularly helpful in the past and are sure that this further meeting will continue the co-operation which already exists between the associations.

JLSLA Autumn Bash – 22 October 2014

Tickets are already selling fast for the JLSLA Autumn Bash. This year’s event (run by Gingerline) has a difference as it will be held at a secret location somewhere on the Jubilee line (zones 1-2). All will be revealed by text or email on the day. Once at the event you can expect a welcome drink, four course dinner and wine during your meal. There will also be a bar available both before and after dinner.

The event marks the end of the JLSLA’s calendar and a year of successful and well-received events targeted towards it members. It will provide a great networking opportunity for junior litigators and a chance, for those who have been to our events throughout the year, to catch up with the contacts they have made.

The cost of a ticket is £55 per head for members and £65 per head for non-members. You can book online at http://www.lsla.co.uk/events/programme, or by completing the attached form and returning it to the address provided.

Annual Dinner – 26 November 2014

Our Annual Dinner will be held on 26 November 2014 at the Law Society. Lord Justice Jackson has agreed to speak and, to make the evening go with a swing, Ali Sephton, singer songwriter will entertain us after dinner on piano and vocals.

We have held the ticket price for a further year to £95 per head which includes a champagne reception and wine during the three course dinner. There will also be a bar available for other drinks before and after the dinner.

To apply for tickets please go on-line to www.lsla.co.uk/events/programme or complete the form attached and return it as soon as possible as this event sells out quickly. Please specify any dietary requirements and list all attendees when returning the form.


NEW CHANCERY PROCEDURE

Chief Master Marsh issued a new Practice Note on 8 September 2014 (copy attached) which identifies important changes to the procedure in the Chancery Division of the High Court. The key points arising from the note are set out below.

  1. From 1 October 2014, the Chancery Division in London will start using the new CE-file electronic court file for all new matters, and for applications in matters started before 1 October 2014.
  2. Court users will not be able to file documents electronically until the end of 2015.
  3. The Chancery Division will be converting all court files into electronic versions.
  4. Any paper documents lodged with the court will only be retained for six months, after which they will be destroyed. The only exception is original documents, which must be very clearly marked as such.
  5. From 1 October 2014, a hearing bundle will be required for every hearing, however short. A strict “no bundle, no hearing” policy will be adopted. Hearings will be adjourned if a bundle is not filed.
  6. Exhibits to witness statements should only include essential documents where there is a real need for it to be considered by the court and a real likelihood of it being referred to at a hearing.
  7. Correspondence with the court should EITHER be in writing (always where a fee is to be paid) OR by fax OR by email, but not in more than one medium.
  8. Witness statements for trial and expert’s reports should never be filed, unless directed to do so by the court.
  9. From 1 October 2014 parties will usually be required to provide the court with drafts of orders which can be approved and sealed without amendment. The approved form of order is attached to the Practice Note.
  10. Following a hearing the court should direct which party should produce the order. The applicant or Claimant should do so in default, unless they are a litigant in person.
  11. Parties (rather than the court) will be required to serve orders once they have been sealed, unless directed otherwise.
  12. Draft orders should be submitted in a format which can be amended to correct minor errors (for example, as a Word attachment to an email).
  13. There are specific extra rules for consent orders including Tomlin orders. Confidential schedules to Tomlin orders should not be lodged, but the order must clearly identify the agreement and where it is held.

OFFER TO MEMBERS

IBC Legal: Financial Institutions Litigation Conference

21 October 2014 - London

IBC are offering members a 20% discount to the conference which will highlight recent developments involving disputes and financial institutions. Topics include: mis-selling, funds litigation, Forex, LIBOR and other market manipulation disputes, the impact of recent case law, the new costs regime – with guidance being given directly from His Honour Judge Mackie CBE QC and changes to the regulatory landscape.

For details click on the following link and For your 20% LSLA discount please quote VIP code: FKW82498LSLE


LSLA – RECENT PRESS

Since our last newsletter, committee members of the LSLA and JLSLA have written various articles for national publications including: 


LSLA WEBSITE

Our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/ 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.

Now that the website has been launched we are working on providing feeds to our LinkedIn and Twitter addresses.


LSLA MEMBERSHIP

The form for any new members who wish to join is attached. If you are 8 years PQE or less you will automatically become a member of the JLSLA if you complete the section of the application form identifying your year of admission.

The LSLA also offers corporate membership 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 Julian Copeman at julian.copeman@hsf.com if you would like to take out corporate membership.

You can also join the LSLA by visiting our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/.


LIST OF SUPERVISING SOLICITORS

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.

The Junior LSLA

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 (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, Caroline Field, at cfield@foxlawyers.com.

The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Junior-London-Solicitors-Litigation-Association-4438638/about?trk=anet_ug_grppro.