Chancery guide

Detailed legal guidance on how to bring a case to the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice.


Chancery guide

Judicial Insolvency Network guidelines

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Includes general information on:

  • starting a case
  • making a statement of case
  • managing a case
  • providing expert evidence
  • applying to the court
  • listing arrangements
  • getting ready for a hearing
  • appealing to the court

And guidance on specialist cases relating to:

  • the Bankruptcy Court
  • the Companies Court
  • mortgage claims
  • partnership claims and receivers
  • the Patents Court and intellectual property
  • probate, inheritance and trusts

Appendices include advice on how to put together documents and bundles, as well as contact details for the court.

Guide updated April 2019.

Published 2 March 2015
Last updated 25 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Amended guide added. Changes on front cover.
  2. Added updated Chancery Guide.
  3. Added updated Chancery Guide. Details of changes are on page 1 of the document.
  4. Revised version uploaded 16 May 2018.
  5. Revised guide uploaded 10.1.18
  6. November update
  7. Revised guide uploaded
  8. Updated Chancery Guide published.
  9. Guide updated August 2017
  10. Revised version
  11. Chapter 30 has been replaced.
  12. Section 25 amendments
  13. JIN guidelines added
  14. Updated version of guide published.
  15. Revised guide published
  16. Guide amended November 2016
  17. First published.