After nearly a thousand years of common law jurisprudence, the English Courts have seen it all. The common law system has resulted in a wealth of authorities and precedents on just about every point of contention, along with an abundance of academic discussion and research in areas both general and niche. This all provides what litigants crave most – predictability and relative certainty throughout the legal process, rather than chance and the capricious whims of a particular judge.
The English Courts have an arsenal of interim orders at their disposal. Freezing injunctions and search orders can be obtained expeditiously and without notice as soon as a wrongdoing is discovered or even threatened. This restricts would-be wrongdoers and prevents fraudsters and devious defendants from dissipating assets and 'disappearing' data before a claim can get off the ground. The orders of the English Courts are well-respected and acknowledged globally – once granted, they are enforceable throughout most of the world.
The Judiciary, Counsel and Solicitors
London houses some of the brightest legal minds in the world, comfortable dealing with even the most complex commercial cases. Barristers and solicitors are often leaders in their fields, and at the very cutting edge of legal development. Judges too are steeped in their specialist areas, and rightly have a reputation for being highly knowledgeable, scrupulously fair and incorruptible. The nadir of the UK's commercial dispute resolution practice is the Commercial Court, a specialised court dedicated to complex, high-value and often multi-jurisdiction disputes.
Arbitration provides a bespoke and discreet solution to resolving disputes. The UK is a major centre for arbitration, with the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) stationed in the capital. The LCIA is one of the world's leading international institutions for commercial dispute resolution, evidenced by the fact that, on average, over 80% of parties in pending LCIA arbitrations are not of English nationality.
Everything else all in one place
An entire support sector has built up around the legal industry. Basing your litigation in the UK provides fingertip access to expert witnesses, barristers, insurers, translators, private investigators and just about every other conceivable service that litigants may require.