New Business and Property CourtsPrint publication
The judiciary has announced that, as from June 2017, the specialist civil courts (including the Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court and the courts of the Chancery Division dealing with financial services, intellectual property, competition and insolvency) will comprise one umbrella specialist business dispute resolution jurisdiction known as The Business and Property Courts.
The new Business and Property Courts will preserve the familiar practices of the existing courts (so no immediate procedural changes are anticipated), but will allow for greater flexibility in the cross-deployment of judges with specialist expertise. There will be Business and Property Courts in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Cardiff (with expansion to Newcastle and Liverpool likely in future), enabling greater connection between work undertaken in the regions and in London.
The judiciary’s press release states that the new structure will enhance the UK’s reputation for international business dispute resolution. It is to be hoped that the increased flexibility, the closer working and the enhanced regional connection may ultimately result in increased efficiency and improved service delivery for business court users.