Admiralty and Commercial Courts guide

Detailed guidance for lawyers on how to bring a case to the Commercial Court or Admiralty Court, which are both part of the Business and Property Courts.



The document includes information on:

  • alternative dispute resolution
  • starting a case in the court
  • filing particulars of claim, a defence or a reply
  • case management conferences
  • disclosure orders
  • applications to the court
  • preparing evidence for the trial
  • how trials are conducted
  • arbitration claims

The document also includes a section on using the Admiralty Court.

This version of the guide is updated to correct a number of typographical errors.

You should read the guide alongside the Civil Procedure Rules and practice directions for the Commercial Court and Admiralty Court.

Published 12 May 2014
Last updated 8 January 2018 + show all updates
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