Mercantile Courts were established during the 1990s. Their purpose is to provide a modern accessible and efficient specialist court service around the country to citizens, businesses and companies involved in commercial transactions and disputes.
They are regional courts of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court with specialist judges sitting in main city centres. They deal with all kinds of business disputes in a broad sense that would benefit from the expertise of a mercantile judge.
Mercantile Court guide (PDF 0.33mb)
Mercantile Courts are now established in the following cities:
The Guide also includes:
- useful specimen forms
- court information
- cross references to relevant provisions of the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Directions and the Admiralty and Commercial Court Guide.