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News from the Birmingham Business and Property Courts


Find a list and links to published judgments of Birmingham BPC judges online.

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15 November 2021: HHJ David Cooke will retire as a Specialist Chancery Judge of the Birmingham BPC in December 2021. A valedictory will be held at 9.30 on Friday 3 December 2021 by way of a hybrid hearing. Space in court continues to be very restricted, but anyone interested in joining online should contact for the joining link.
5 November 2021: Sir Marcus Smith, presently the Supervising Judge for the Business and Property Courts in Birmingham Bristol and Cardiff, has been appointed as President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
15 March 2021: The Birmingham BPC will host an online welcome to Sir Julian Flaux,  the Chancellor of the High Court, together with a talk about the new requirements for witness statements for trial in the BPCs by Alexander Heylin and Annie Townley of No 5 Chambers on behalf of the MCCBA and the Birmingham Law Society. Any practitioner wishing to attend should contact
3 February 2021: District Judge Robert Talog-Davies, one of the Specialist BPC District Judges, has been appointed Leadership District Judge at Birmingham CJC, in succession to DJ (now HHJ) Emma Kelly.
18 January 2021: HHJ Emma Kelly has been appointed a Senior Circuit Judge and Designated Civil Judge at Birmingham CJC. In her former role as a District Judge, HHJ Kelly was a Specialist BPC District Judge and the Leadership DJ at Birmingham. HHJ Kelly has also been given a s9 authorisation to sit as a Judge of the Chancery Division, and so becomes the fifth resident Birmingham Specialist CJ with that appointment.
3 December 2020: The Birmingham BPC is pleased to announce that DJ Chloe Phillips has been appointed an additional Specialist BPC District Judge at Birmingham. DJ Robert Talog-Davies is additionally appointed as a specialist DJ to hear small claims cases in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, in place of DJ Jane Ingram who has been appointed a Circuit Judge sitting at Bradford.
18 November 2020: Meeting of the Birmingham BPC Court users, held by video conference.
16 November 2020: The Birmingham BPC held a welcome for its two newly appointed Specialist Chancery judges, HHJ Brian Rawlings and HHJ Richard Williams. The welcome was again held as a remote video hearing, with speeches by the Chancellor, Marcus Smith J, Pepperall J and by Inez Brown, President of the Birmingham Law Society and Mohammed Zaman QC, Chair of the MCCBA.
16 October 2020: A valedictory was held for HHJ Simon Barker QC and HHJ Patrick McCahill QC who retire as Specialist Chancery Judges of the Birmingham BPC, with speeches by the Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Vos and by Pepperall J, a Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit, Marcus Smith J, the Chancery Liaison Judge and Mohammed Zaman QC, Chair of the MCCBA, as well as the retiring judges. In the circumstances of the pandemic, the valedictory was conducted as a remote video hearing, with over 100 judges, court users and family members able to join online.