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We are the government’s principal legal advisers. Our core purpose is to help the government to govern well, within the rule of law.

GLD is a non-ministerial department.

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HM Procurator General, Treasury Solicitor and Head of the Government Legal Profession
Chief Operating Officer
Director General, Employment with Economic Recovery and UK Governance
Director General, Commercial with Trade and International
Director General, Litigation with Justice and Security
Director for Strategy, People & Culture
Finance, Operations and Digital Director
Non-executive Director

Contact GLD

Government Legal Department

102 Petty France
Westminster
London
SW1H 9GL
United Kingdom

Main office and switchboard

020 7210 3000 8am to 6pm on weekdays only

Litigation enquiries

020 7210 8500 - 9am to 5pm on weekdays only

Bristol

2 Rivergate
Temple Quay
Bristol
BS1 6EW
United Kingdom

Leeds

7–8 Wellington Place
Leeds
LS1 4AP
United Kingdom

Salford

Three New Bailey
New Bailey Street
Salford
M3 5AX
United Kingdom

Bona Vacantia Division

Caroline Harold
1 Ruskin Square
Croydon
CR0 2WF
United Kingdom

Bona Vacantia enquiries

020 7210 4700 10am to 1pm on weekdays only

Serve the Treasury Solicitor with legal proceedings

102 Petty France
Westminster
London
SW1H 9GL DX 123243 Westminster 12
United Kingdom

Litigation enquiries

020 7210 8500 - 9am to 5pm weekdays only

New legal proceedings issued in the UK which are required to be served on the Treasury Solicitor can be served as follows:

1. All new proceeding save for immigration proceedings and costs claims in immigration proceedings.

By email to newproceedings@governmentlegal.gov.uk for all new legal proceedings except for new immigration proceedings and costs claims in immigration proceedings as to which see 2 below. GLD would be grateful if, where possible, all new proceedings were served electronically and hard copy documents are not also sent to our postal address.

If you are aware that a GLD case officer has been dealing with the matter, for example at the pre-action stage, please copy them in to the email to the new proceedings email address. Service will only be valid however if effected by emailing the new proceedings email address.

Once new proceedings have been validly served, all subsequent service within those proceedings of documents, should be effected on the currently allocated GLD case officer by email to their GLD email address unless the parties to the proceedings are informed of other arrangements.

2. All new immigration proceedings and costs claims in all immigration proceedings including in upper tribunal judicial reviews.

By email to ImmigrationAdminTeam@governmentlegal.gov.uk for all new immigration proceedings and service of formal costs claims on the Home Office (SSHD) in immigration proceedings namely:

• Immigration High Court judicial reviews (Upper Tribunal immigration judicial reviews should be served on the Home Office at 6 New Square, Bedfont Lakes, TW14 8HA or by email at UKVIJudicialReview@homeoffice.gov.uk)
• Immigration habeas corpus applications
• Immigration family court proceedings
• Appeals to the Court of Appeal challenging Immigration Upper Tribunal Appeal decisions

Again, if you are aware a GLD case officer has already been dealing with the matter please copy them into the email ImmigrationAdminTeam@governmentlegal.gov.uk.

As with service of other proceedings, once new immigration proceedings have been served, whether on GLD for the Treasury Solicitor or the Home Office, subsequent service within those proceedings should be effected on the currently allocated GLD case officer by email to their GLD email address.

The reference to service of cost claims above is to formally served claims for costs (Notice of Commencement and Bill) against the Home Office (SSHD) pursuant to costs orders made in the above listed types of proceedings and in Immigration Upper Tribunal judicial review proceedings. This does not include informal claims for costs or correspondence relating to costs which should be directed to the GLD case officer. Where the GLD case officer is known to the party serving formal costs proceedings the GLD case officer should also be copied in to the email.

Please note:

The email addresses above are for the service of new proceedings only.

They should not be used for letters before action, or pre action protocol correspondence. If sending such documents to GLD please email these to thetreasurysolicitor@governmentlegal.gov.uk.

As per the foregoing for all proceedings (including in the Supreme Court) once a GLD case officer has been allocated to the proceedings all subsequent service in those proceedings, save for formal costs claims in Immigration proceedings (see above), should be effected on their, or any nominated successor's, GLD email address. If you have not been notified of a GLD case officer please contact the litigation enquiries number above.

Where proceedings have been served by email please do not send hard copy duplicates of any documents.

Contact Government Legal Department out of hours

For urgent court applications that cannot wait until normal business hours, please only contact the number below Monday to Friday between 5pm and 8.30am or during the weekend:

+44207 210 0301

For representations relating to imminent (immigration) removal cases, please refer to the Immigration Factual Summary provided with the Notice of Removal which provides the contact details to be used during office hours and out of office hours.

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102 Petty France
Westminster
London
SW1H 9GL
United Kingdom

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