Research and analysis

Factors influencing international litigants’ decisions to bring commercial claims to the London based courts

Research to provide an understanding of litigants’ and legal professionals’ experience of litigating commercial disputes through the English civil justice system.



Commissioned alongside the Ministry of Justice’s consultation Court fees: proposals for reform, this project was undertaken to understand the drivers behind litigants’ decisions to initiate commercial litigation, and where to litigate (London or elsewhere). It sought further knowledge about the factors that influence decisions to seek redress in the London-based courts under English law.

It uses views gathered from a variety of stakeholders, including:

  • international litigants
  • law firms
  • barristers’ chambers
  • the judiciary
  • legal organisations/associations
  • academics
Published 16 January 2015