MOJ announces creation of “Business and Property Courts of England & Wales”

 

Not just a description but the new title for the courts of the Chancery Division, the Commercial Court, the Mercantile Courts and other specialist courts inside and outside London. The MOJ has announced that a new list is being created which will encompass most of the courts for specialist commercial and property practice areas.  Judges will be allocated seamlessly to any of the courts and litigants will no longer have to make the choice between issuing in courts which do the same thing but have different names.

At Cerulean as commercial barristers we think this step must be warmly welcomed.  One of our members was trying to explain only last week to a lay person the difference between the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division and what the latter actually meant and did. As the UK grasps for whatever international business it can drum up in the post Brexit world, making the names of our courts intelligible is a useful first step in encouraging offshore litigants to use English and Welsh legal services and judicial resources.

Most importantly the list extends across London and five large provincial court centres, removing in the process the rather arcane title “mercantile court” and replacing it with “commercial court”.

For the full  announcement see:

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IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
BUSINESS AND PROPERTY COURTS OF ENGLAND AND WALES
COMMERCIAL COURT (QBD)