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Commercial Court annual report 2020-21 published

The Commercial Court annual report (2020-2021), including the Admiralty Court report, has been published. It can be read below.

In her introduction, Mrs Justice Cockerill, Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, said: “The report includes the work of both the Commercial Court and the Admiralty Court, which share judges, procedures and administration.

“It also gives details of the business of the London Circuit Commercial Court, which works in tandem with the Commercial Court, dealing with cases of a commercial nature whose size or complexity does not require them to be heard in the Commercial Court itself.

“The legal year has in one sense been headlined by Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in operational terms both have had a smaller impact on the Court than might have been anticipated. The Court has continued to deal with many significant international commercial disputes, as well as complex legal disputes arising in a domestic context.”

She added: “All of the Court’s judges would also like to thank the Court staff for their enormous hard work and dedication, particularly during another year of difficulties and uncertainties. We are particularly grateful to the Commercial Court Listing Office, who deal not just with listing, but with an infinity of telephone and email inquiries – and in the last year also with constantly changing situations regarding court attendance and layout.”