New Law Journal | 3 July 2009 | www.newlawjournal.co.uk
COURT GUIDES SPECIAL
Mayors & City of London County Court
Guildhall Buildings Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5AR.
Using the Court
DX: 97520 Moorgate 2.
020 7796 5400
020 7796 5424
Getting to the Court
By car Follow signs to the City from any direction as the court is closest to Bank and Moorgate tube stations. From the North M1/A1, if following signs to the City, then you will come through Islington, down Upper Street. At the bottom of Upper Street turn left down City Road, past Old Street tube and Moorgate tube, across London Wall and turn right down Gresham Street. As you drive down Gresham Street the 2nd road on the right is Basinghall Street and to reach the entrance to Court you should walk down this road and turn 1st left onto a pedestrian street—the building is on the left. The closest parking, if there is a space, is on Gresham Street from 08.30–18.30. There is also car parking on London Wall. Gresham St car parking £1 for 15 mins, card or coins
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St. Paul’s Underground Stn
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By train/bus Nearest tube station is Bank. From the tube station walk down Poultry towards Cheapside and turn right down Old Jewry. At the end of Old Jewry turn left into Gresham Street and then 1st right down Basinghall Street. The 1st left is a pedestrian street, walk down this street and the court entrance is on the left. Liverpool St nearest train station Bank tube station
Arriving Security searches. Lists in the front hall. The usher will find advocates to sign in. No lift available. Waiting Advocates room and separate toilet on the 1st floor. Drinks vending machine in the ground floor hall. Preparing Court office on the ground floor. Standard charges apply for photocopying and faxes, £5 for the first 10 pages and 50p per page thereafter unless requested by the Judge. There are two interview rooms on the ground floor. Performing There is one court on the ground floor and three on the 1st floor. The ground-floor room is usually used by a DJ unless parties for a CJ’s case require a ground-floor court. Parties should inform the court in advance if ground-floor court required. There are two CJs and two DJs sitting daily. This is a robing court (DJ and CJ) so make sure you bring robes with you. Advocates without robes have been sent away!
Escaping the Court
Eating No time? There are sandwich shops on most corners around the court building. More time? There are numerous restaurants on London Wall at the end of Wood Street. Walk back to Gresham Street and turn right along it and then right up Wood Street. There are also lots of places to eat near Bank tube, Moorgate tube and Liverpool Street station. Lots of excellent restaurants nearby for a longer lunch. Sweetings, 39 Queen Victoria Street, open 11.00–15.00 only, with no reservations: 020 7248 3062. Coq d’Argent, 1 Poultry, rooftop French restaurant: 020 73955000; www. coqdargent.co.uk. Cinnamon Kitchen, 9 Devonshire Square, sister restaurant of the Cinnamon Club, modern Indian cuisine: 020 7626 5000; www.cinnamon-kitchen.com. Gourmet option The City of London also has a number of Michelin-starred restaurants. Gary Rhodes’s restaurant Rhodes24 is located in Tower 42 on Old Broad St: 020 7877 7703; www.rhodes24.co.uk. Both Club Gasçon: 0871 3328526 www.clubgascon.com and St John: 020 7251 0848; www. stjohnrestaurant.co.uk are next to Smithfield Market.
Shopping The nearest cashpoints are on Cheapside. There are plenty of exclusive shops at the Royal Exchange, between Threadneedle Street and Cornhill (by Bank tube). From Bank station you can also easily reach Bond Street/Oxford Street on the Central Line.
rolley friendly (bar tube station steps) 5 min walk
Understanding the Court
Attractions The Guildhall, Museum of London and the Barbican are all very close to this court. Also nearby is the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast.
Days open Mon–Fri. Opening/Sitting times Building opens 09.30–16.00, court office open 10.00–16.00. Courts normally sit at 10.30. Listings Telephone hearings and conferences available. Cases listed by estimated length.
There is a vast array of hotels nearby. Try Threadneedles, a boutique hotel in a former banking hall: 020 7657 8080.
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