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Simon Arnold discusses: Leeds Leading the Way; The new Business and Property Court

From the beginning of this month, the specialist civil courts are to be known as the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales.

The Business and Property Courts will encompass the following specialist courts:

  • The Commercial Court (including the Admiralty and Mercantile Court)
  • The Technology and Construction Court
  • The Chancery Division (which deals with cases concerning financial services, intellectual property, competition and insolvency)

There will be Business and Property Courts in Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff.  It is intended that the new arrangements will enhance the connection between the specialist Business and property work undertaken in the regions and in London, with an intent to have these specialist disputes resolved more frequently in one of the specialist regional centres rather than London.

Leeds Business and Property Court is leading the way by piloting a voluntary capped cost scheme for cases with a value of up to £250,000.  As revealed at the Leeds Conference, Leeds is the fastest growing major legal centre outside of London and Leeds lawyers offer the same range of services as their peers in the City of London but without the City fees, making Leeds and its lawyers the ideal choice for businesses both regional and nationwide.

Park Square Barristers civil team has a number of practitioners with in depth experience of a wide range of commercial disputes and we look forward to working with our solicitor colleagues locally and nationally on cases in the Business and Property Court whether or not on the capped cost scheme.

Before being called to the Bar, Simon Arnold was a solicitor and partner at DAC Beachcroft for a number of years specialising in claims concerning construction professionals. In addition to his significant construction dispute experience which spans over 18 years, Simon has a number of years experience advising insurers on coverage issues and conducting litigation involving coverage disputes.

To discuss the range of specialist services which we provide, please contact:

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Jordan Millican on 0113 213 520