Enforcement of English judgments in foreign jurisdictions
Enforcement of English judgments in foreign jurisdictions

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

  • Enforcement of English judgments in foreign jurisdictions
  • Enforcement regimes
  • What is a judgment?
  • Is there a reciprocal arrangement for enforcement of judgments?
  • What documents do I need to enforce a judgment abroad?
  • Application for a certified copy of the judgment—enforcement in Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • Application for a certified copy of the judgment—enforcement overseas
  • Application for a certified copy of the judgment—evidence required
  • Certified judgments
  • Form of the certificate
  • more

Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU on exit day ie Friday 31 January 2020 has implications for practitioners considering enforcement of UK court judgments in the EU. For guidance, see Cross border considerations—checklist—Enforcement—Brexit specific.

This Practice Note considers relevant factors when seeking to enforce an English judgment abroad. When seeking to enforce an English jurisdiction in another country a certified copy of the judgment is usually required (which depends on the applicable regulation/convention/legislation). Evidence will also be required to support the need to enforce the judgment in the other jurisdiction. Relevant provisions are set out in CPR 74 and CPR PD 74A.

This Practice Note refers to provisions in CPR 74 and CPR PD 74A which prior to 10 January 2015 referred to the Judgments Regulation meaning Regulation (EC) 44/2001, Brussels I. On 10 January 2015, Regulation (EU) 1215/2012, Brussels I (recast) came into force and civil procedure rules were updated so that reference to the Judgments Regulation then meant Regulation (EU) 1215/2012, Brussels I (recast). No reference to Regulation (EC) 44/2001, Brussels I or how matters involving enforcement under Regulation (EC) 44/2001, Brussels I were provided notwithstanding that Article 66 of Regulation (EU) 1215/2012, Brussels I (recast) states that Regulation (EC) 44/2001, Brussels I shall continue to apply to judgments given in legal proceedings instituted before 10 January 2015 which