Appropriate adjustments post Brexit: residual jurisdiction and forum non conveniens in UK courts

Lorna Gillies

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International jurisdiction is fundamental to the effective resolution of cross border disputes. Brexit invites focus on the scope and function of the UK’s future approach to residual jurisdiction. These rules reflect national values whilst managing transaction and litigation risk. Whilst Scottish rules are more closely aligned to the form and content of Brussels I Recast Regulation, the CPR in England enables flexibility to new forms of actions. In a future where EU private international law’s direct influence will shift, this paper demonstrates how UK legislation and judicial approaches to international jurisdiction should adjust. Schedules 4 and 8 to the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982, and aspects of the English CPR, should be revised to take account of the benefits of EU IPL. The UK courts’ application of the doctrine of forum non conveniens will also become more prevalent, regardless of the defendant’s domicile.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-183
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Business Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2020


  • residual jurisdiction
  • Brexit
  • pragmatism
  • forum non conveniens

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