Interview with HHJ Klein: part 1 of 2: civil courts structure review, Business & Property Courts and Shorter and Flexible Trials Schemes

Regional courts have been put centre stage, with the introduction of the Business and Property Courts (B&PCs) in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff Leeds, and Manchester – and Liverpool and Newcastle to follow soon.

With thanks to Sue Harris, Immediate Past President of the Leeds Law Society, Beverley Barton, one of the editors in the Practical Law Dispute Resolution team, was delighted to have the opportunity to submit questions to His Honour Judge Klein, a Specialist Chancery and Circuit Commercial Judge, principally based on the North Eastern Circuit (who is the lead Circuit Commercial Judge for the North Eastern Circuit) and to get his thoughts on recent developments and what they mean for the regions.

In part one, HHJ Klein discusses Briggs LJ’s Civil Courts Structure Review, the B&PCs, the Shorter and Flexible Trials Schemes and proportionality. In part two, he considers what practitioners should do regarding the B&PCs and the impact of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) modernisation programme on the regions. He also offers advice for the future and reflects on the future of English civil justice.

READ Part 1 of the interview with HHJ Klein – civil courts structure review, Business & Property Courts and Shorter and Flexible Trials Schemes

Published 15 December 2017

READ Part 2 of the Interview with HHJ Klein – Business & Property courts, HMCTS modernisation and the future of English civil justice

Published 18 December 2017

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