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 find out more on the Forthcoming Events webpage.

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 Hoffman: “Lord Hoffmann: in conversation with a reasonable man”. The interview will be available on video shortly
  • 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

Commercial Court User Group Meeting – November 2022 (Word document)

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.

Find out more information about SIFoCC, and find out more about SIFoCC’s fourth full meeting (external link).

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.

11 July 2022

Appointment of Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court

Mr Justice Foxton has been appointed Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court

30 May 2022

Commercial Court User Group Meeting – May 2022

Please read more about the topics discussed at the meeting.

18 May 2022

Speech by Mr Justice Foxton: Gray’s Inn and City of London Law Society Joint Annual Lecture

Hear more about ways to assist the enforcement of English court judgments

9 May 2022

Lunch and speech celebrating commercial litigation in Liverpool

How Liverpool and its businesses connect to the history of the Commercial Court

8 April 2022

The latest London Circuit Commercial Court users’ committee meeting minutes

Please read the attached minutes of the LCCC Users Group

30 March 2022

Practice Note: Commercial Court

Note concerns time estimates and conduct of hearings

14 March 2022

Speech by Mr Justice Foxton: Edmund King Memorial Lecture

Find out more about cross-channel influences in the law

28 February 2022

Commercial Court annual report 2020-21 published

Find out about the work of the courts this past year and the impact of current events

11 February 2022

Judge in Charge meets with Newcastle Circuit Commercial Court practitioners and users

Mrs Justice Cockerill talks about her links to the area and the court’s’ history

3 February 2022

New editions of the Commercial Court Guide and Circuit Commercial Court Guide published

New Guides update practices and align the approach of the courts

21 December 2021

Commercial Court introduces new trial listing practice ahead of the publication of the 11th edition of the Commercial Court Guide

Please see how the Practice Note might affect your judicial role

17 December 2021

Speeches given by Commercial judges in Leeds BPC Forum and to LCLCBA

Find out more about the events involving the Commercial Court

1 December 2021

Commercial Court User Group Meeting – November 2021

Find out what topics were discussed in the latest meeting

25 November 2021

Updated with video: Mrs Justice Cockerill delivers fifth annual Jill Poole Memorial Lecture at Aston University

Find out more about Contractual Estoppel – the case for coherent principles

November 11, 2021

Commonwealth Commercial Courts – Establishing the new normal

Virtual seminar brings together judicial office holders around the globe

November 2, 2021

Commercial Court events available online

Watch the YouTube video and read the latest speech online

13 October 2021

Commercial Court celebrates its 125th anniversary with a dinner hosted by the City of London

Speeches were given by the Lord Mayor, Lord Wolfson and the Lord Chief Justice

October 7, 2021

Speech by the Lord Chief Justice on the 125th anniversary of the Commercial Court

Read Lord Burnett’s full Guildhall speech

15 September 2021

Remote hearings guidance to help the Business and Property Courts

Update for the Chancery Division, Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court

16 June 2021

Speech by Mrs Justice Cockerill: Learning our ABC’s: Thoughts about Commercial Dispute Resolution After Brexit and COVID

Read the Judge’s speech to the Dispute Resolution Forum 2021

10 May 2021

Commercial Court User Group meeting – April 2021 minutes

See the minutes of the April 2021 meeting

25 March 2021

Sharing best practice in commercial courts at the 3rd full meeting of SIFoCC

Find out more about the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts virtual meeting