An annual report of UK commercial actions has shown that UK courts have recorded a year of significant growth. The Times article reports that in the last year 292 judgements were handed down involving 1,336 litigants of a record breaking 75 nationalities.
The ability of parties to attend hearings remotely has increased the ease for litigants outside the UK to access justice in the UK legal system. Once in-person hearings have resumed it would be interesting to see whether remote hearings could be used flexibly especially when parties are based abroad.
Several international commercial courts have opened across the EU including in Germany, the Netherlands and France but uptake in these new courts has been slow. The UK commercial courts did have a decreasing number of EU parties but these have been replaced by a growing number of Russian and American litigants.
Despite Brexit and Covid-19 it seems that the UK courts are buoyant which bodes well for trainee solicitors looking for jobs in litigation in September..!
Researchers report this week that the London commercial court handed down more rulings involving more nationalities than ever before. Despite restrictions imposed on hearings as a result of the coronavirus lockdowns, the amount of work rose for the sixth consecutive year.