Commercial and chancery

As the High Court prepares for a new term, The Lawyer looks back at some of the most significant decisions from Trinity sittings, as well as legislative changes and new developments in the commercial and chancery courts.

The Companies Bill is progressing slowly through Parliament and has completed its committee stage in the House of Lords. But the implications of the legislation, including the introduction of a new derivative claim, may not be understood fully until cases have come through to the appellate courts to give companies and their advisers full guidance.

Guidance on the law of damages has just been given by the Lords in the case of Harding v Wealands, and also on the issue of development of public land in Oxfordshire County Council v Oxford City Council.

Manchester is awaiting the opening of the new Civil Justice Centre, which will bring regional facilities in line with North West chancery and commercial expertise.