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Rules, Guidance and Pro Bono Scheme

Rules and forms


CPR 58 applies specifically to the Commercial Court. It sets out the jurisdiction of the Court and how claims should be commenced and proceeded with. CPR 58.3 gives general effect to the CPR unless a part or practise direction of CPR 58 says otherwise.

View the  Civil Procedure Rules on the MoJ website


The forms contained in the link below are used to start claims in the Commercial Court, apply for interim relief, or are used in other aspects of proceedings:

Commercial Court forms

If you are experiencing issues with the website or require further help in relation to the forms, please contact the Commercial Court listing office at


The main source of guidance for litigating in the Commercial Court is the Commercial Court Guide.

Commercial Court Guide

The Commercial and Admiralty Courts Guide sets out detailed information on how litigation is conducted in the Admiralty and Commercial Courts and has been written by the judges of the Commercial Court in conjunction with members of the Court’s Users’ Committee. Parties should refer to the guide when involved in a commercial claim.

The guide is regularly updated to reflect rule changes and suggestions for improvement from users. The 10th edition was published in September 2017.

Suggestions for changes to the guide from users are welcomed and can be emailed to the Commercial Court listing office at

Judicial Guidance

CE Filing: Direction from The Honourable Mr Justice Popplewell, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court:
Electronic filing of applications to be dealt with without a hearing

Witness statements: Direction from The Honourable Mr Justice Teare the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court (March 2020)

Time estimates for pre-reading and hearings: Direction from The Honourable Mrs Justice Cockerill, the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court (September 2020)

Pro Bono Scheme

From 1 October 2020, the Pro Bono Scheme operating in the London Circuit Commercial Court (LCCC) has been extended to include the Commercial Court.

Pro bono means work undertaken without charge, especially legal work for a client on low income.

The scheme is a collaboration between Advocate, the Commercial Court, the LCCC and COMBAR (the Commercial Bar Association). Assistance is be limited to applications with a time estimate of one day or less. Full details and documents are available on the judiciary website.