The High Court constitutes (together with the Crown Court and Court of Appeal) the Supreme Court of Judicature of England and Wales. Its main administrative offices and Court facilities are located at the Royal Courts of Justice ("RCJ"), Strand, London. In addition, there are 137 District Registries throughout England and Wales. All claims (appropriate for the High Court - see below) involving disputes in London must be commenced in the RCJ. Claims based on disputes outside London may be commenced either in the RCJ or the appropriate District Registry at the Claimant's choice.
There are three divisions within the High Court; being (1) the Queen's Bench Division; (2) the Chancery Division; (3) the Family Division. Within that, there are various specialist Courts such as the Technology & Construction Court, the Commercial Court, the Companies Court and the Patents Court.
In general, claims over £50,000 should be tried in the High Court. A claim under that value may be tried in the High Court:
- It falls within certain categories of cases such as applications for judicial review and actions for defamation;
- When the claim raises questions of importance to persons who are not parties or questions of general public interest; and where the complexity of facts, legal issues, remedies or procedures involved are such that it should be tried by a High Court judge.
We have the experience and expertise to deal with all of the types of claims that are conducted in the High Court. While the majority of the High Court work that we undertake is conducted in the RCJ, we also act on behalf of our clients in the District Registry throughout England and Wales. We are situated in the heart of the legal centre in London, less than 10 minutes' walk from the RCJ and a similar or less distance from all the leading London sets of barristers and with many of whom we have very strong links.
It is not possible to provide a general estimate of costs for these types of applications because of the extent to which they will vary according to the nature and size of the claim involved.
We offer the full range of funding options (other than government funding) to include fixed fees, conditional fee arrangements, after the event insurance and third party funding. We also always provide cost estimates as soon as reasonably practicable and remain within those estimates or, where (for good reason) not possible, agree a revised estimate before the previous one is exceeded. This, together with our regular billing policy and transparency on costs, means you retain a degree of control and certainly over your legal spend.