Business and Property Courts

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

  • Business and Property Courts
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • What are the Business and Property Courts?
  • Starting proceedings in the B&PCs
  • CE-File electronic working
  • Title of claims
  • Orders
  • Claim forms
  • Numbering of new and existing claims
  • Transfer of proceedings
  • More...

Business and Property Courts

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by measures concerning process and procedure in the civil courts that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For more information, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution, in particular the section on Attending hearings.

In relation to the Business and Property Courts in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle, Mr Justice Snowden has published a position summary and guides for dealing with urgent applications—see News Analysis: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Position summary and guides for urgent applications in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

For further guidance on the changes to court processes and procedures during the coronavirus pandemic and the implications of those changes for dispute resolution practitioners, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution.

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

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