Don Peel

Director and Solicitor

Dispute Resolution

High percentage of commercial court cases involve foreign litigants

Don Peel

Figures recently published by the Justice Minister show that, since records started in 2008, there has been a year on year increase in the number of cases in the Commercial Court involving at least one party from abroad.

In 2012 – 2013, 1,190 claims were issued in the court, of which 81% involved a foreign litigant. Only 58 cases were heard in 2013.

The fee income generated by the courts during the 2012 – 2013 period was approximately £2.3 million, which was more than double the fee generated in 2007 – 2008.

The Ministry of Justice has recently launched a consultation on plans to increase court fees, which has been met with several negative responses. The consultation response is due shortly.

For any advice or guidance about litigation issues, contact us on 0115 9888 777.


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