London Solicitors Litigation Association

September 2017

Dear Member, 

Welcome to September’s LSLA newsletter in which we provide information about some of our future events and report on some of our recent activities.   We also have updates on our essay competition for JLSLA members and our Summer party later this month.


JLSLA & Junior COMBAR Wine Tasting – 21 September 2017

On Thursday 21 September 2017, the JLSLA will be holding a wine tasting evening jointly with members of Junior COMBAR. The wine tasting is aimed at encouraging contact and interaction between junior civil litigators. The evening will incorporate a fun, quiz based element to test attendees’ knowledge (of lack thereof!) of the wines on offer, with a prize being given to each member of the winning team.

The cost of the tickets will be £15 per person for JLSLA members and £20 for non-members

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

Summer Party – 27 September 2017 – LIMITED AVAILABILITY

There are just a few tickets left for this year’s Summer Party at The Gherkin kindly sponsored by by Opentext, NERA Economic Consulting and Thomson Reuters Legal Managed Services (formerly Pangea3).

Join us on the top floors of The Gherkin to enjoy panoramic views from one of the most iconic venues in the City with drinks and canapes served in our exclusive area.

The cost of the tickets will be £50 per person for LSLA members and £60 for non-members.

Visit our website at for further details and to book tickets.

LSLA Essay Competition for JLSLA Members – deadline 6pm on Saturday 30 September

We are pleased to announce the first LSLA Essay Competition which is open to all members of the JLSLA.

The prize is £1,000 and the winning essay will be published in the New Law Journal.

The winner will be announced at the LSLA Annual Dinner at the Law Society on Thursday 23 November 2017.

The essay question is:

“Brexit, erosion of privilege, legal funding, competition from other jurisdictions, increased technology, not enough judges to fill the bench - the legal system in England & Wales faces unprecedented uncertainty. How do you think litigation in England & Wales will look in 5 years?”

Entrants are invited to submit an essay of not more than 1,600 words including footnotes.  Entries should be in word format, text 12 point, 1.5 spaced and sent to

The closing date and time for submissions is 6pm on Saturday 30 September.

A copy of the rules is attached and entries must be accompanied by a signed form of declaration.  

Annual Dinner – 23 November 2017

Our Annual Dinner shall be held on 23 November 2017.  We are pleased to announce that our guest speakers will be:

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

Full details will be circulated in due course but in the meantime, please make a diary note of the date.


The LSLA has recently received the following press coverage:


Junior LSLA Survey of Members

The Junior LSLA events calendar shall resume after the holiday period. In the interim, we shall shortly be requesting feedback from our members in respect of recent Junior LSLA events, and views on what our members would like from the organisation in the future, in respect of our education series, networking events, and career support.

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. 

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 2,300 members, including 939 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.