The Queen’s Bench Guide 2017

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

A year ago, when I provided the foreword for the fourth edition of this guide, I noted the great pace of change in the justice system. Previous editions had been spaced seven years apart. The fourth edition came two years after the third. Now, one year later, there have been fundamental changes to the operation of the Queen’s Bench Division which have led to this new edition; the abolition of the Practice Master and the Chambers List and the introduction of the Urgent and Short Applications List, as well as changes to Part 36 and Part 52. Thus, a new edition is warranted.

A great deal of hard work and careful thought has gone into these changes and that effort has been mirrored in the production of this fifth edition of this guide, which continues to be an indispensable resource for all those who seek to litigate in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. Once again, I am delighted to introduce it.

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 fifth edition of the Guide incorporates changes to the structure of the Action Department, procedural changes made to Practice Direction 2A and other changes to the Rules, changes to the Masters’ listing arrangements and practice all made since the publication of the January 2016 edition. It therefore 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 and retired Master Rose for their work and diligence in the revision of the Guide. Particular thanks also to my PA Elaine Harbert for her hard work and patience in transcribing and correcting the content.

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
Senior Master
December 2016