St Martin’s Property Investments Ltd v Philips Electronics (UK) Ltd (1994)


Third party proceedings against minister constitute "crown proceedings" and must be tried in London.


Appeal by the Secretary of State for the Environment against direction that trial of an action in which he had been joined by the defendant as a third party should take place in Newcastle.


In RSC O.77 r.13 the meaning of the words "civil proceedings against the Crown" imported to them by r.1(2) by reference to the Crown Proceedings Act 1947 s.19(2), included third party proceedings and proceedings against the Crown must be held in London.

Appeal allowed.