The Business and Property Courts (B&PCs), which include the Technology and Construction Court, came into operation on 2 October 2017. An updated version of the B&PCs' Advisory Note was published on 13 October 2017 and included a draft of the B&PCs Practice Direction. The note deals with, for example, the opening of new B&PCs in Newcastle and Liverpool, electronic filing, the types of cases that can be heard in each court, as well as practical details such as what titles to give cases issued after 2 October 2017. Further updates are expected. (Click here to read the Advisory Note.)

A separate guidance note relating to court orders and their production was issued at the beginning of November for application in the B&PCs in Leeds only.