Prop­erty courts a ma­jor boost for re­gion’s law firms

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS -

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.

ADAM AL­DRED: ‘This is go­ing to cre­ate fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties for law firms across Leeds.’

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