Judge Seymour, the controversial Technology and Construction Court (TCC) judge, has been booted out of the TCC.
The judge has been the cause of uproar in the legal profession over the last two years after he denounced counsel and witnesses. He was subsequently criticised by the Court of Appeal.
A spokesperson for the Lord Chief Justice confirmed: “His Honour Judge Seymour has been redeployed by the Lord Chief Justice to hear Queen’s Bench Division matters.”
Judge Seymour’s last sitting day in the TCC was Friday 27 May.
Judge Seymour’s extraordinary judgment in the case of Co-op Group v ICL in January 2003, when he branded the Co-op’s case as “bordering on the nonsensical”, triggered a rash of complaints from others who had felt the sharp end of Judge Seymour’s tongue. The Court of Appeal then bluntly criticised the judgment as “wounding and sarcastic”.
Clients began to grow fearful of using the TCC, which caused a consultation that concluded last week, with the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor announcing an increase in the involvement of High Court judges in the TCC.