Courts

Property Alliance Group v RBS transferred to the Financial List: top tips for parties wishing to successfully transfer proceedings

The recent decision in Property Alliance Group Limited v Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2016] EWHC 207 (Ch) provides helpful early guidance as to the court’s approach to contested applications to transfer proceedings to the newly created Financial List. While … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Courts

First reported decision transferring case into Shorter Trials Scheme

A recent High Court decision has confirmed the court's jurisdiction to transfer cases into the Shorter Trials Scheme, a streamlined procedure which aims to progress a case through to judgment within about a year of issuing proceedings: Family Mosaic Home Ownership … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Courts

Interim report published in Civil Courts Structure Review

Lord Justice Briggs's interim report in his review of the future of the civil courts structure was published yesterday, 12 January 2016. Key aspects include: Urgent measures are needed to address the current overload in the Court of Appeal, where a 54% increase in … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Courts

Government rows back from plans to double cap on court issue fees

The government has today published its response to its recent consultation on further court fee increases. The good news for court users is that it has decided not to proceed with plans to increase the cap on fees to issue … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Courts

New specialist Financial List and pilot of Financial Markets Test Case Scheme

A new specialist Financial List is to be introduced in the High Court from 1 October. It will deal with financial markets claims for more than £50 million, or which require particular expertise in the financial markets, or which raise issues of general importance … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Courts

New pilots of streamlined procedures for claims in the main business courts

Two pilot schemes, the Shorter Trials Scheme and the Flexible Trials Scheme, will be introduced for claims commenced from 1 October and will run for a period of two years. The schemes allow for shorter and more flexible procedures for claims brought … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Courts

Another round of massive court fee hikes proposed

Less than four months after the last round of fee increases for civil claims (see post), the government has today opened a consultation on further significant increases which, if implemented, would (at least) double the cost of issuing money claims above £400,000, … Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Courts

Planned huge increases to court fees expected to come into effect next Monday

Following approval of the relevant draft legislation by the House of Lords this evening, it is expected that the government’s planned increases to civil court fees will take effect on Monday 9 March. As reported in our previous post, the new fees to issue money … Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Courts

Courts to charge issue fees of 5% of claim value

The government announced on Friday that it will go ahead with its proposal to introduce percentage issue fees for money claims over £10,000, calculated as 5% of the value of the claim subject to a cap of £10,000 (see our post summarising the proposals put forward … Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Courts

New electronic filing system planned for Rolls Building courts by late 2015

The courts service announced earlier this week that a contractor has been appointed to deliver an electronic filing system for the Rolls Building jurisdictions, including the Commercial Court, Technology and Construction Court and Chancery Division. The new system will allow:  … Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under Courts