Commercial Court News
The judges of the Commercial Court regularly take part in academic and market discussions concerning current and future trends in the development of English law, frequently participating in seminars and events.
Find out more about the Court’s news and events below, and read more in the news archive.
16 February 2024
During the week of 12-16 February the Judges of the three Rolls Building jurisdictions welcomed four students from the Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law programme. The students sat with judges in court and discussed the work of the courts and legal careers with the judges and judicial assistants.
21 February 2024
Arbitration Bill Committee: Mr Justice Foxton and Mr Justice Henshaw gave evidence to the House of Lords Special Public Bill Committee on the Arbitration Bill on 21 February 2024. A video of the Arbitration Bill Committee session can be found here.
31 January 2024
During January the Admiralty Judge issued a Practice Note on Assessors’ Remuneration and the Judge in Charge of the London Circuit Commercial Court issued a Practice Note on value of claims and transfer out of lower value claims.
17 January 2024
Mr Justice Foxton and His Honour Judge Pelling KC attend event to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Commercial Court
Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, and His Honour Judge Pelling KC, the Judge in Charge of the London Circuit Commercial Court, were guests at an event held in Dublin on 17 January 2024 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Irish Commercial Court. The event was organised by the Irish Commercial Court and the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland (“CLAI”) and took place in the Four Courts.
The event was chaired by Mr Justice McDonald, the Judge in Charge of the Irish Commercial Court. Mr Justice Peter Kelly, who played a key role in establishing the court and was the court’s senior judge for its first 10 years, explained the reasons why the court had been created, and the steps taken to bring the court into being. These included a visit to the Commercial Court in London and a meeting with the-then Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, the late Mr Justice Colman. There were also speeches from Mr Paul Gallagher SC, a commercial barrister and former Attorney General of Ireland, Ms Helen Kilroy, chair of the CLAI and one of Ireland’s leading mediators, and Mr Rossa Fanning SC, the current Attorney General of Ireland. Judges also attended from France and Scotland.
16 January 2024
Mr Justice Foxton speaks at COMBAR social mobility workshop
On 16 January 2024, Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, gave the opening address at a workshop organised by the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR). The event was attended by 125 individuals who have been selected as mentees by COMBAR for its mentoring scheme and offered insights into a career as a commercial barrister and guidance on how to navigate the pupillage process.
The COMBAR scheme invites applications from those who would or might be interested in a career at the Commercial Bar but are members of groups that are currently under-represented in the profession. Eligible applicants are then assessed by reference to “need” for mentoring and “potential” to succeed at the Commercial Bar. Successful applicants are allocated a mentor at one of 24 participating COMBAR sets and are provided with one-to-one mentoring sessions over the course of the scheme year where the mentor can give guidance on pursuing a career at the Commercial Bar. The scheme also organises the annual workshop and reception.
7 December 2023
On 7 December Mrs Justice Cockerill spoke at a European Circuit seminar at the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester on Cross Border Issues in Civil Litigation. Her topic was “The Impact of Sanctions on Cross Border Litigation”.
4 December 2023
Commercial Court participates in the Bridging the Bar 2023 Outreach Programme.
The Commercial Court was delighted to participate in this year’s Bridging the Bar (“BTB”) Outreach Programme, following the success of last year’s pilot. The programme ran for the week of 20 November, with interns shadowing judges, attending a variety of court hearings and participating in out-of-court workshops. Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, hosted one of the interns, and was one of the judges who participated in the equality and inclusion session.
BTB is a charity, founded in July 2020, that aims to support aspiring barristers from a range of statistically underrepresented groups at the Bar. For more information on the work of BTB visit their website.
28 November 2023
On 28 November the Commercial Court Users Group meeting was held. Mr Justice Foxton updated users with the latest statistics for the Court, along with other news on managed cases, listing and paper applications issues and forthcoming events from the Court and SIFoCC.
See the minutes of the November 2023 meeting – Commercial Court User Group meeting – November 2023 minutes.
13 November 2023
On Monday 13 November, Mr Justice Waksman spoke at the Global Class Actions Symposium at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, Keynote Address.
9 November 2023
On Thursday 9 November, Mr Justice Waksman spoke at the Manchester Business and Property Forum Lecture at Manchester University: “Contractual Discretions: Where are we now?”
2 November 2023
On 2 November, Mr Justice Henshaw chaired a panel entitled “Living alongside sanctions – a historic year in review and where do we go from here?” arranged by the London Shipping Law Centre and Reed Smith LLP at Reed Smith LLP The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2RS and online.
25 October 2023
On 25 October Mr Justice Foxton (Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court) and Mr Justice Nicklin (Judge in Charge of the Media and Communications List) gave a lecture to COMBAR: “Article 10: What Commercial Lawyers Need to Know”.
16 October 2023
Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, visited the Liverpool Circuit Commercial Court on 16 October 2023.
The Judge met young solicitors and law students at an event hosted by the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool. He gave a speech on “The Beatles and the Law” in the Brett Lecture Theatre, in the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre at the University of Liverpool. A copy of his speech can be read online.
The event was jointly organised by the Liverpool Business and Property Courts forum and the School of Law and Social Justice, and is one of a series of events organised by the School to celebrate the 130th anniversary of law at the University of Liverpool.
On 10 October, Mr Justice Henshaw was a panellist at the London Shipping Law Centre roundtable discussion on The Final Report on proposed Reform of the Arbitration Act.
Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, delivered a speech at ICC UK’s 100th anniversary conference on 5 October 2023. The theme of the conference was “Promoting the Rule of Law”. Mr Justice Foxton’s speech, on “The Role of Court”, can be read online.
Mrs Justice Cockerill was the keynote speaker at Global Arbitration Review’s GAR Live London Conference at Drapers Hall, speaking about the profile of arbitration challenges in the Commercial Court
Updates to the 11th edition of the Commercial Court Guide and to the 2022 edition of the Circuit Commercial Court Guide have been published. You can find both guides on the following link: Updates to the Commercial Court Guide and Circuit Commercial Court Guide.
Judge Doosun Baek, a Judge of the Seoul Central District Court (International, maritime and business division), visited the Commercial Court and the Technology and Construction Court on 26 and 28 July. The Judge sat with Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, and with Mr Justice Waksman, and met with Michael Tame and listing office staff.
On 27 July Mr Justice Picken spoke to the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.
London Shipping Law Centre Young Maritime Practitioners Webinar
On 19 July, Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, and His Honour Judge Pelling KC, the Judge in Charge of the London Circuit Commercial Court, participated in a hybrid seminar/webinar on shipping litigation in the London Circuit Commercial Court and the Commercial Court.
From 10-14 July 2023, London hosted SIFoCC’s 4th Observation Programme, with support from ROLE UK. The Programme, arranged by the global forum of the world’s commercial courts, enables six member countries each to nominate a judge to spend an intensive week with the judiciary and legal community of a single host country.
This time the judges nominated were from Bahrain (its first female commercial judge and member of its Supreme Judicial Council), Pakistan (which is actively developing its regional commercial courts and their expertise to support arbitration), Rwanda (the Vice President of the Commercial High Court was nominated), Sierra Leone (with new commercial courts established since ebola), Sri Lanka (which is developing Port City) and Zambia (whose appellate judges played a significant part at SIFoCC’s most recent full meeting in Sydney).
The nominated judges sat in on hearings of the Commercial Court and of the Technology and Construction Court and the Chancery Division, including the London Circuit Commercial Court and IPEC, and discussed the conduct and outcome of those hearings. They discussed a range of issues at separate meetings with the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court (Foxton J), the Master of the Rolls (Sir Geoffrey Vos), the Chief Justice-elect (Carr LJ), the Vice President of the KBD (Dingemans LJ), and others. They spent time behind the scenes with court staff, and received judicial briefings on every stage in commercial litigation. The relationship between the Court and arbitration and mediation was of close interest, and supported by discussion with leaders from the profession and by a roundtable at the International Advisory and Dispute Resolution Unit at 3VB. The week included a roundtable with internationally focussed legal charities, time with Government officials, and a closing dinner held by the City of London.
At the invitation of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Swansea University, Mr Justice Andrew Baker chaired the judging panel for the final of the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot competition (“IMLAM”), at Trinity House in London. IMLAM is a competition for university law schools organised by the Murdoch University, Perth (Western Australia). This year’s event (hosted by the Swansea Institute) was the first time it has been held in the UK for 10 years.
20 June 2023
Unjust enrichment in the Commercial Court
Webinar hosted by the Commercial Court on 20 June 2023 from 5.15-7pm UK time (4.15-6pm GMT).
Some of the papers for the seminar are attached:
- Unjust enrichment – The use of academic writing (PDF)
- Unjust enrichment in the Commercial Court (PDF)
For details, see the event flyer (PDF).
- A revised version of Mr Justice Andrew Baker’s paper has been published in Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, which is available for subscribers.
15 June 2023
On 15 June 2023, Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, chaired a panel discussion organised by the Financial Services Lawyers Association discussing “Trends in Financial Litigation”. The seminar took place in the Lecture Theatre at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
14 June 2022
Professional Negligence Bar Association
At the invitation of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, Andrew Baker J spoke at an evening seminar on 14 June 2023 about the experience to date of CPR PD 57AC (trial witness statements in the Business and Property Courts, which has been in force since 6 April 2021), alongside Marcus Smith J, who spoke about CPR PD 57AD (disclosure in the BPCs, which has been in force since 1 October 2022, taking over from the ‘Disclosure Pilot’ (former CPR PD51U)). Full details on the PNBA website. An interesting panel discussion followed involving both judges and Thomas Grant KC, PNBA Chair, moderated by Nico Leslie, a member of the PNBA Executive Committee.
13 June 2023
Mr Justice Bright chaired a London Shipping Law Centre event on “Enforcement of Letters of Indemnity, Misdelivery and the Post-Discharge Application of the Hague/Hague-Visby Rules”.
25 May 2023
Judge in Charge of the Commercial Courts meets with Manchester Circuit Commercial Court judges, practitioners and young lawyers
Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, visited the Manchester Circuit Commercial Court on 18 and 19 May 2023.
The Judge met young solicitors and barristers at an event hosted by Addleshaw Goddard LLP. He gave a speech, also hosted by Addleshaw Goddard LLP. His speech, on “James Bond and the Law”, has been published. The event was one of a number organised by the Manchester Business and Property Courts forum.
On 19 May 2023, the Judge heard a half-day injunction application in the Manchester Circuit Commercial Court.
15-19 May 2023
London International Disputes Week 2023
The third annual London International Disputes Week (LIDW 2023) took place between 15 and 19 May 2023, with a series of seminars and events organised around the theme “Adapting to a changing world”. Five Commercial Court judges participated in LIDW 2023 events:
Mr Justice Calver was a panellist for the discussion “What types of corporate claim does the panel expect to see increase over the next 12-18 months due, in large part, to the geopolitical and economic conditions and to what extent might those conditions affect the manner in which parties seek to resolve disputes?”. This event took place from 10am on Thursday 18 May at the offices of Kirkland & Ellis (30 St Mary Axe, London).
Mrs Justice Cockerill was a panellist for a discussion on “Greenwashing” in which “the panellists will explore key drivers of greenwashing complaints, the challenges faced by those under increasing pressure to define and explain their sustainability plans (including against the backdrop of rapidly evolving reporting guidelines) and the associated litigation trends as we are observing them around the world.” This event took place from 16.30 on Wednesday 17 May at the offices of Latham & Watkins (99 Bishopsgate, London).
Mr Justice Robin Knowles participated in the international judicial conversation entitled “As the world changes: the role of the judiciary, in their words”. This event, which was organised by LIDW and the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts, took place from 2pm on 16 May at the main conference venue (Northumberland Avenue, London).
Mr Justice Picken spoke at the Franco British Lawyers Society round table. This event took place from 8.45am on 17 May at the offices of Irwin Mitchell (40 Holborn Viaduct, London).
Mr Justice Waksman was a member of the panel discussing “Looking to the future: how will the metaverse and AI change practice?” This event took place from 4.10pm at the main conference venue. He was also a member of the panel discussing “The role of the TCC in shaping the past and future of technology disputes”. This event took place from 8.30am on 18 May at the International Disputes Resolution Centre.
In addition, a number of the judges of the Commercial Court attended the Opening Reception for LIDW 2023 in the Great Hall of the RCJ from 6pm on 15 May, which was jointly organised by LIDW and the Commercial Litigators’ Forum in aid of the National Pro Bono Centre.
- Further information can be found on the LIDW event portal (external link).
18 April 2023
The Commercial Court annual report 2021-2022 has now been published. It is available for download.
28 March 2023
Find out what was discussed during the two-day visit hosted by the Commercial Court.
The Forum met to discuss its work and impact to date, and possible areas for future engagement.
15 March 2023
Judge in Charge of the Commercial Courts meets with Leeds Circuit Commercial Court judges, practitioners and users, and with young lawyers and law students
Mr Justice Foxton, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, visited the Leeds Circuit Commercial Court on 14 and 15 March 2023.
Together with His Honour Judge Klein, the Judge met pupil barristers, trainee solicitors, apprentices and paralegals at a lunch hosted by BPP University Law School, and later a tea hosted by Parklane Plowden Chambers.
In the evening, Mr Justice Foxton gave a speech to the Leeds Business and Property Courts Forum, once again hosted by BPP University Law School, which was attended by a combined “in person”/remote audience of over 100. This is one of a series of events organised by the Leeds Business and Property Courts forum.
On 15 March 2023, the Judge heard a half-day application in the Leeds Circuit Commercial Court, in CC-2022-LDS000015, Holmes v Cox and others.
8 March 2023
Round up of Commercial Court February events/speeches:
On 6 February at 6pm, Mr Justice Bright chaired a London Shipping Law Centre hybrid seminar on “Enforcement of Letters of Indemnity, Misdelivery and the post-discharge application of the Hague/Hague-Visby Rules”.
On Wednesday 1 February at 5.30pm, Mr Justice Jacobs participated in a hybrid seminar organised by COMBAR on service out of the jurisdiction entitled “Are You Being Served? – Problems of service on the shop floor”. The seminar is open to Combar members only.
21 February 2023
31 January 2023
Round up of Commercial Court January events/speeches:
- On 16 January, Mrs Justice Cockerill participated in a seminar on “Wellbeing at the Commercial Bar” organised by COMBAR. The other panel members are David Joseph KC, Oliver Caplin and Lucy Burrows
- On 18 January, the Chancellor (and Supervising Lord Justice of the Commercial Court) delivered a lecture “Disclosure in 2023 and beyond. Best practice, the do’s and don’ts and the Court’s expectations”
- On 25 January, Mrs Justice Cockerill interviewed Lord Hoffmann: “Lord Hoffmann: in conversation with a reasonable man”. The interview is available to view now on YouTube (external link).
- On 26 January, Mr Justice Foxton participated in an event organised by the Law Society and the City of London Law Society hosted by Allen & Overy LLP on the amendments made to the CPR gateways for service out of the jurisdiction. The other speakers were Tom Montagu-Smith KC, who chaired the sub-committee of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee which formulated the amendments, of which Mr Justice Foxton was a member, and Sarah Garvey
- On 30 January, Mr Justice Foxton participated in a seminar “Legal Biographers on their subjects: Judges” at the LSE. The other panellists were Hilary Heilbron KC and Dr Victoria Barnes.
26 January 2023
On 26 January 2023, Mr Justice Foxton gave evidence to the House of Lords Special Public Bill Committee on the Electronic Trade Documents Bill.
The Bill reflects the Law Commission’s Electric trade documents: Report and Bill (Law Com No 405) which will render certain trade documents in dematerialised form capable of possession (and the application of legal doctrines which follow from that).
You can read the Law Commission’s report online (PDF). The evidence before the Special Public Bill Committee (which is chaired by Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd PC) can be viewed on Parliament TV (external link).
13 December 2022
The Chancellor (and Supervising Lord Justice of the Commercial Court) Sir Julian Flaux delivered the COMBAR Annual Lecture 2022 on Wednesday 16 November on the subject of “Is commercial litigation going green? Environmental and greenwashing claims and how they will shape the law.” The Chancellor’s talk is available on the judiciary website.
Mr Justice Henshaw chaired a London Shipping Law Centre seminar on the Law Commission Consultation Paper on the Arbitration Act 1996 on 15 November 2022. Mr Justice Waksman spoke in Manchester on the subject of “Loss of a Chance: its proper scope and application” with Andrew Grantham KC on 25 November.
30 November 2022
Please read more about the topics discussed at the meeting.
28 November 2022
Bridging the Bar and the Commercial Court
In March 2022, Bridging the Bar (BTB) and the High Court / Court of Appeal agreed to collaborate on a pilot work experience programme for aspiring lawyers from statistically under-represented backgrounds at the Bar. This scheme will see eight to 12 BTB participants assigned to a Judge and supported by their Judicial Assistant(s) in the High Court / Court of Appeal for a paid five-day work experience placement. Read more on the Education, diversity and social mobility webpage.
7 November 2022
SIFoCC meeting in Sydney, 20-21 October
On 20-21 October 2022, the world’s commercial courts gathered to discuss some of the most important international themes in commercial dispute resolution.
These included an integrated approach to litigation, arbitration and mediation; tackling complexity; addressing conflicts between jurisdictions; and the future of corporate legal responsibility in the context of climate change.
The 4th full meeting of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC) was jointly hosted, physically and online, by the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales. England & Wales were represented by the Lord Chief Justice, the Senior President of Tribunals and the Master of the Rolls.
For information about SIFoCC’s fourth full meeting, please see the website.
28 October 2022
Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court meets with Newcastle Circuit Commercial Court practitioners and users. Find out more about the visit and read Mr Justice Foxton’s speech ‘Football and the Law’.
17 October 2022
On 27 September 2022 Mr Justice Andrew Baker chaired a seminar hosted by the London Shipping Law Centre “Know your Limits”, an exploration of recent case law on limitation of liability; while Mrs Justice Cockerill addressed the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association on the subject of Commercial Advocacy on 21 September 2022. You can read her LCLCBA speech online (PDF).
11 July 2022
Mr Justice Foxton has been appointed Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court.
30 May 2022
Please read more about the topics discussed at the meeting.
18 May 2022
Hear more about ways to assist the enforcement of English court judgments.
9 May 2022
How Liverpool and its businesses connect to the history of the Commercial Court.
8 April 2022
Please read the attached minutes of the LCCC Users Group.
30 March 2022
Note concerns time estimates and conduct of hearings.
14 March 2022
Find out more about cross-channel influences in the law.
28 February 2022
Find out about the work of the courts this past year and the impact of current events.
11 February 2022
Mrs Justice Cockerill talks about her links to the area and the court’s’ history.
3 February 2022
New Guides update practices and align the approach of the courts.
21 December 2021
Please see how the Practice Note might affect your judicial role.
17 December 2021
Find out more about the events involving the Commercial Court.
1 December 2021
Find out what topics were discussed in the latest meeting.
25 November 2021
Find out more about Contractual Estoppel – the case for coherent principles.
November 11, 2021
Virtual seminar brings together judicial office holders around the globe.
November 2, 2021
Watch the YouTube video and read the latest speech online.
13 October 2021
Speeches were given by the Lord Mayor, Lord Wolfson and the Lord Chief Justice.
October 7, 2021
Read Lord Burnett’s full Guildhall speech.
15 September 2021
Update for the Chancery Division, Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court.
16 June 2021
Read the Judge’s speech to the Dispute Resolution Forum 2021.
10 May 2021
See the minutes of the April 2021 meeting.
25 March 2021
Find out more about the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts virtual meeting.