Practice Note from the CHC: The Chancery Guide 2022 (updated 2024)

Chancellor of the High CourtChancery DivisionSir Julian FlauxGuides

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1. The new Chancery Guide was published on 29 July 2022. This Practice Note accompanies the third update published in July 2024.

2. The Chancery Guide is available online (PDF) with hyperlinks on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. It has been substantially rewritten and revised compared with previous versions of the Chancery Guide and so merits careful reading by judges and practitioners alike.

3. The new Chancery Guide seeks so far as possible to bring the practice in the Chancery Division into line with the practice in the other Business and Property Courts. The new Chancery Guide also applies in the District Registries out of London, save where local guidance is necessary.

4. Apart from the Practice Notes, Guidance and Directions listed in the Schedule attached to this Practice Note, all other Chancery Division Practice Notes, Guidance and Directions are revoked, on the basis that so far as relevant they are otherwise incorporated in the new Chancery Guide.

5. Further Practice Notes, Guidance and Directions may be issued from time to time by the Chancellor, Supervising Judges, Chief ICC Judge or Chief Master and will take effect from the date they are issued.

6. Nothing in this Practice Note or the Chancery Guide substitutes or overrides the CPR including relevant Practice Directions.

Sir Julian Flaux
Chancellor of the High Court

July 2022
Reissued October 2022, June 2023 and July 2024

The latest updated Chancery Guide can be read below.


The following Practice Notes, Guidance and Directions remain in force:
1. PN: Companies Court: Company Restoration [12 November 2012]
See Appendix D of the Company Restoration Guide (external link)
2. PN: Companies Court: Unfair Prejudice Petition Directions [1 May 2015]
3. PN: Variation of Trusts [9 February 2017]
4. PN: Chief Master and the Senior Master’s joint Practice Note [30 September 2016]
5. PN: Witnesses Giving evidence remotely [11 May 2021]
Practice Note: Giving Evidence Remotely
6. Practice Statement: Patents Court trial listing issued by Meade J [1 February 2022]
Practice Statement: Listing of Cases for Trial in the Patents Court
7. PN: Remote hand-down of judgments [5 October 2022]
Chancellor’s Practice Note Remote hand-down of judgments
8. PN: Disclosure in the Insolvency and Companies Court List (ChD) [6 October 2022]
Chief ICC Judge’s Practice Note
9. PN: The Chancellor and Judges in Charge of Commercial Court and TCC (PDF) [21 February 2023]
10. PN: Insolvency and Companies Court Chief ICCJ Briggs: Persons at Risk of Violence [11 October 2023]
11. PN: Insolvency and Companies Court Chief ICCJ Briggs: Qualifying Floating Charge Holder – out of court appointments [31 October 2023]
12. PN: The Chancellor: Robes [22 May 2024]
Practice Notes, Guidance and Directions issued by the Supervising Judges:
1. PN: Business and Property Courts in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle [29 July 2022] VC Practice Note July 2022 (PDF)
2. PN: Business and Property Courts in Manchester and Leeds [27 October 2022] Applications Lists: VC Practice Note Applications List
3. PN: HHJ Hacon: IPEC Small Claims Track [9 June 2023]
4. PN: Business and Property Courts in Leeds: Grant of Rights of Audience [9 November 2023]