One of the traditions of the common law was that civil proceedings were largely oral. Witnesses gave their evidence on oath and counsel presented their case on their feet. All that has changed in the last 20 years. Submissions are now set out in skeleton arguments and openings. Witness statements and experts’ reports now stand as witnesses’ evidence in chief. There are many tribunals that conduct their proceedings entirely in writing such as The Company Names Tribunal and the Boards of Appeal of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market.
We are comfortable with both oral and written advocacy. We represent our clients on applications for interim injunctions, security for costs, summary judgment and other relief in the Patents Court, Patents County Court, Chancery Division and other Senior Courts. We also represent them in hearings before the Comptroller and Registrar in the Intellectual Property Office. If a case proceeds, we represent our clients in case management conferences, pre-trial reviews and trial. If a case goes to appeal we can represent our clients in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
We are used to arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings including those online such as the domain name dispute resolution panels for ICANN, Nominet and the Czech Arbitration Court.