Property courts a major boost for region’s law firms
THE LEGAL sector in Yorkshire is set to experience a major boost following the creation of business and property courts in the region, according to barristers’ set Kings Chambers.
The new business and property courts of England and Wales opened last week.
A development that means claims for breaches of competition law can now be commenced in Leeds.
Previously competition law claims could only be filed in either the Chancery or Commercial Court, or the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London.
Adam Aldred, barrister at Leeds-based Kings Chambers, said: “The decision to allow competition law litigation to be commenced in Leeds is tremendous news for the whole of the region’s legal sector.
“Up until now, London had held something of a stranglehold on cases of this type – so to break this monopoly is hugely significant.
“There’s no question this is going to create fantastic opportunities for law firms across Leeds.
“It’s also good news for those looking to bring forward cases such as these.
“Opening up this aspect of national competition is likely to bring down the legal costs associated with such claims, increasing access to justice.
“We can also expect to see expertise in this particular area of litigation expand in Leeds as firms look to capitalise on this new opportunity.
“At Kings, it’s terrific news because we house an abundance of expertise when it comes to competition law – and it’s now expertise which will be increasingly demanded within Leeds and across Yorkshire more widely.”
The new Business and Property courts of England and Wales act as an umbrella for the specialist jurisdictions of the chancery division, commercial, construction and technology courts.
Claims can now be brought in five regions across the UK – Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Manchester, in addition to London.
Leeds Law Society, which represents solicitors in the city, recently welcomed the new court.
Sue Harris, chairwoman of the Leeds Law Society’s Court Liaison Group, said: “Leeds is a very important legal centre and the changes promise to enhance the connection between the work undertaken in this region and London.”
The new court was formally launched at a special reception at BPP University in Leeds earlier this year.
‘This is going to create fantastic opportunities for law firms across Leeds.’