Commercial Court to gain new base

The Court Service has said it will draw up a business plan for a new Commercial Court building by the autumn.

If the Lord Chancellor and the Treasury accept the proposals, work could start to replace the dilapidated St Dunstan’s House straight away.

A working party, including senior members of the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association, judges, and Court Service and Lord Chancellor’s Department representatives, met two weeks ago at the Lord Mayor’s headquarters Mansion House, where the commitment was made.

According to one working party member, the common consensus at the meeting was that the Queen’s Building in the Royal Courts of Justice should be knocked down and replaced with a Commercial Court building.