Commercial Courts Report 2020

Commercial Courts Report 2020
Commercial Courts

Portland’s annual Commercial Courts Report analyses judgments from the London Commercial Courts to identify notable trends – including who uses the courts and why. Complemented by expert opinion produced for this report, we also examine how London measures up in an increasingly competitive international environment.

COVID-19 has not spared the courts. Exclusive polling undertaken by Portland reveals public attitudes to both the courts and to law firms – and where people think the inevitable pandemic-induced wave of litigation will land.

The 2020 report, the eighth to be produced by Portland, is available here.

This year’s report reviewed the 198 cases heard in the London Commercial Courts between April 2019 and March 2020.

Portland’s analysis – and unique COVID-19-related public polling – found that

1. The London courts had a dip in activity – after five years of growth and before the COVID-19 lockdown
2. Russia and Kazakhstan had more litigants in London than ever before, defying the overall dip
3. COVID-19 and the courts: Portland’s polling reveals the UK public think the courts and justice system should escape the lockdown as a priority – second only to food and drink
4. London’s competition has heated up from China, Singapore and post-Brexit Europe

The Commercial Courts Report is compiled by Portland’s specialist Disputes team.

Portland Disputes provides strategic litigation communications advice to top-tier law firms around the world. We work to reinforce the legal strategy of lawyers undertaking complex or high-profile litigation. We can help ensure that every aspect of your client’s concerns are managed, and every potential advantage explored.

The team is ranked in Band 1 for PR & Communications in Chambers and Partners Litigation Support 2019.

Please contact us for additional Commercial Courts data and analysis, or to learn more about how we can help.

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