Business and Property Courts
Business and Property Courts

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Business and Property Courts
  • What are the Business and Property Courts?
  • Starting proceedings in the B&PCs
  • CE-File electronic working
  • Title of claims
  • Numbering of new and existing claims
  • Transfer of proceedings
  • Case management of B&PC claims
  • Pilot and other schemes

What are the Business and Property Courts?

The Business and Property Courts (B&PCs) came into operation on 2 October 2017 as a single umbrella for certain specialist civil jurisdictions across England and Wales, encompassing the following specialist courts, lists and sub-lists of the High Court:

  1. the Commercial Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

  2. the Admiralty Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

  3. the Technology and Construction Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

  4. the Circuit Commercial Courts (Queen’s Bench Division)

  5. the Financial List (Queen’s Bench Division (Commercial Court)/Chancery Division)

  6. the Business List (which includes the Financial Services and Regulatory sub-list and the Pensions sub-list) (Chancery Division)

  7. the Competition List (Chancery Division)

  8. the Insolvency and Companies List (Chancery Division)

  9. the Intellectual Property List (which includes the Patents Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) (Chancery Division)

  10. the Property, Trusts and Probate List (Chancery Division)

  11. the Revenue List (Chancery Division)

In London, these specialist jurisdictions operate together at the Rolls Building. There are also B&PCs in the main centres outside London where specialist business is undertaken—Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Newcastle.

The County Courts at Central London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, and Preston also have jurisdiction to deal with certain specialist work of the type undertaken in the B&PCs as set out in CPR PD 57AA, paras 4.1 and 4.2.

The aim is for the B&PCs to facilitate