Civil Justice Section members get free access to two half-day Section conferences as part of their Section membership every year. The April conference covers issues including relief from sanctions, damages-based agreements and costs budgeting

Join expert speakers such as Mr Justice Ramsey, Gordon Exall, Tony Guise and Keith Etherington for a detailed examination of the pressing issues affecting litigators, which aims to cut through the confusion and uncertainty currently afflicting our profession. 

As well as unique presentations on key issues including relief from sanctions post-Mitchell, damages-based agreements and costs budgeting, delegates will have the chance to quiz our speakers both during and after  the conference. 

If you want to get an insight into the latest developments, as well as an industry-leading look at what’s coming next, book your place at our conference today.

The conference is accredited for 2.25CPD hours.

15.00 - 15.30    Registration & refreshments

15.30 - 15.35    Chairmans welcome

                       Stephen Mason, chair, Civil Justice Section

15.35 - 15.50    Keynote session

                       Justice Ramsey 

15.50 - 16.40    Panel discussion 1: Relief from sanctions: can I avoid the blood bath?

                       Gordon Exall, Barrister, Zenith Chambers, Leeds

                       David Marshall

16.40 - 16.55    Plenary session: Cost budgeting - tool kit

                       Tony Guise, director, Guise Solicitors

17.25 - 18.05    Hot topics:

                             - Single county court

                             - Payment by account

                             - IT and the civil courts

                             - DBA: what are they good for?

                       David Greene

                       Keith Etherington, solicitor, Slater and Gordon

                       Paul Downer, HMCTS

                       Tony Guise, director, Guise Solicitors                       

18.05 - 18.10    Closing remarks

                       Stephen Mason, chair, Civil Justice Section

Why attend?

This event is aimed at the following:

  • Litigation solicitors working in law firms  
  • Litigation solicitors working within an in-house legal department 
  • Consultants and experts in EU commercial litigation

Booking fees

  • Members of Civil Justice Section = Free of Charge
  • PC holders working for NFP £15 + VAT = £18
  • PC Holders £75 + VAT = £90
  • Price Non PC Holders £175 + VAT = £210
  • Junior Lawyers 0-3 years PQE £50 +VAT = £60
  • Student and trainees £40 +VAT = £48