The Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) is to call an end to its 14-year association with events and concentrate on its core business.
Seasoned Events, part of the Crown Group, was instrumental in developing the commercial events business at the RCJ beginning in January 2000 and was awarded the events management and catering contract in 2007 as part of the Government’s Wider Market Initiative (WMI) programme.
WMI was a government initiative to ensure the government was making use of all property and assets and created an opportunity for the RCJ to be used beyond its function as the Court of Appeal and the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.
Over the past seven years this has included hosting private parties, corporate events, fashion shows, wedding receptions, photo shoots and film production. The on-site events team from Seasoned Events has increased revenue year on year, doubling the annual number of events while receiving two contract extensions from HM Courts & Tribunals Service.
Seasoned Events applied for a wedding license which attracted private individuals to the venue at weekends for both ceremonies and receptions.
HM Courts & Tribunals Service recently reassessed the use of the RCJ and decided that it is no longer practical to use the building for events due to disruption to the day to day running of the busy court. The Service claimed events also put an extra pressure on security at the court.
All existing event contracts will be honoured but no new events will be agreed.
Colin Sayers, Managing Director of Seasoned Events, said: “While this is a huge disappointment, having hosted some of London’s most spectacular events, premiere parties and fashion shows; we acknowledge and support the decision made by the board to protect the integrity of the Royal Courts of Justice and the role it plays in today’s society.”
Crown Group also told CN the ending of events at RCJ would mean no redundancies at Seasoned Events with staff being redeployed.
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