Senior UK judge Sir Geoffrey Vos has spoken in Munich about the future for UK jurisdiction and English law after Brexit. He identified two preliminaries in choosing jurisdiction: do the courts serve the needs of international parties and the impact of technology.
The key factors are respect for the rule of law and a high quality independent judiciary, along with costs, speed and enforceability of judgments.
The English judiciary has an unparalleled reputation and London is renowned for its track record in handling international disputes. Changes are afoot to embrace technology and to reduce costs. But London cannot afford to rest on its laurels with challenges from new commercial courts in Germany, the Netherlands and France.
It is heartening to read about the alliances with other judiciaries across Europe and most encouraging to learn that the UK intends to try to negotiate an arrangement with the EU that perpetuates the Brussels Regulation recast. Whatever comes next with Brexit, building partnerships with our legal colleagues in Europe is surely the way forward.