Commercial and Chancery Bar: One step at a time
As the Bristol Mercantile Court enters its 10th year, Adrian Palmer QC and John Virgo consider what impact it has had on the delivery of legal services to the regional business community and the extent to which the local Bar has risen to satisfy the commercial challenge
When Bristol’s Mercantile Court was established in January 1994, HHJ Raymond Jack QC was first incumbent as mercantile judge and the declared purpose of the court was to hear any action that ‘relates to a business or commercial matter in a broad sense other than those which ought properly to be listed in the Chancery Division or before an official referee’ (see the Practice Direction that established the court at  1WLR 1522).
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