The Queen’s Bench Guide 2016

Foreword  by The Rt Hon. Sir Brian Leveson President of the Queen’s Bench Division

I am pleased to introduce this fourth edition of the indispensable guide to the Queen’s Bench Division. As with previous editions I am sure that this document will quickly prove to be invaluable to all those who seek to litigate in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court.

Previous editions of this Guide have been spaced some seven years apart. This update comes less than two years after the last. That a new edition is necessary so soon serves to highlight the great pace of change in the justice system of England and Wales.

I am extremely grateful to Master David Cook for his work on this guide and my thanks go too to all those who have supported him.

Editorial Note

With the support and encouragement of Sir Brian Leveson, the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, this Guide has been prepared for the assistance of all who practise or litigate in the Queen’s Bench Division.

This fourth edition of the Guide incorporates changes in practice made since the publication of the 2014 edition and updates that edition. I am grateful for the contributions of all the Queen’s Bench Masters and Central Office staff, but special thanks must go to Master Cook for his work and diligence in the revision of the Guide.

However, all errors and omissions are mine and I welcome any comments and suggestions from the Profession and all using this Guide for its improvement.

Barbara Fontaine
The Senior Master
December 2015