Regional courts help shift London admin onus

High Court judges are to sit in Administrative Court centres in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester to encourage more lawyers to make use of their local legal facilities.

In April the four key legal centres became home to Administrative Courts in a move that head of the Queen’s Bench Division Sir Anthony May hoped would ease the increasing workload of the London Administration Court.

Plans are now in place to allow High Court judges to travel to the regional centres when cases demand it.

Last week, in what is thought to be a legal first, High Court judge Mr ­Justice Langstaff presided over a case in Liverpool.