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The Queen’s Bench Guide 2018

Foreword by The Rt Hon. Sir Brian Leveson President of the Queen’s Bench Division

A year ago, when I provided the foreword for the fifth edition of this guide, I noted the great pace of change in the justice system. Previous editions had been spaced seven years apart. The fourth edition came two years after the third. But the fourth, fifth and now this sixth edition have been published every year. There have been further changes to the operation of the Queen’s Bench Division which have led to the need for another new edition; most significantly the introduction of the Media and Communications List and the amendments considered appropriate to defamation practice consequent upon the Defamation Act 2013. As a result, this new edition is certainly warranted.

A great deal of hard work and careful thought has gone into these changes and that effort has been mirrored in the production of the sixth edition of this guide: it continues to be an indispensable resource for all those who seek to litigate in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. Once again, I am delighted to introduce it.

Editorial note by The Senior Master

With the support and encouragement of Sir Brian Leveson, the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, this Guide has been prepared for the assistance of all who practise or litigate in the Queen’s Bench Division.

This sixth edition of the Guide incorporates changes to the procedure for obtaining Queen’s Bench trial listing appointments, amendments reflecting the introduction of the Media & Communications List, and other changes and updating required since the publication of the 2017 edition. I am grateful for the contributions of Masters Yoxall, Eastman and Cook, and for their work and diligence in the revision of the Guide. Particular thanks also to retired Master Graham Rose for all his valuable assistance, my PA Elaine Harbert for her hard work and patience in transcribing and correcting the content and to one of our Court managers, Edward Boswell, for his technical assistance.

However, all errors and omissions are mine and I welcome any comments and suggestions from the Profession and all using this Guide for its improvement.

Barbara Fontaine
Senior Master July 2018