Here is an example of a first tier tribunal case reference number: BIR/00CN/LVE/2012/0001.

The case being Scriven & ors v Calthorpe Estates & ors.

In the reference, the first section appears to be Birmingham, apparently the tribunal’s geographic division in which it was heard, while the penultimate section appears to be a year.

What is represented by each of the others?

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    I can't find any relevant Rules or Practice Directions to explain the naming conventions, and the search term BIR/ on BAILII returns a variety of combinations with no obvious pattern. I'll make some enquiries but it will take some time to get an answer; if at all.
    – user35069
    Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 18:06
  • @Rick - all the Birmingham ones seem to start BIR/00CN and then there are three letters which seem to indicate a particular type of FTT Residential Property Tribunal case - I reckon LVT could be the former Local Valuation Tribunal area of work, and LBC looks like Leasehold Breach of Covenant. I can't guess what LVE might be. Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 18:36
  • I think 00CN is an ONS code (for Birmingham) fwiw
    – alexg
    Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 19:37
  • @alexg - you can find 00CS, 00FK for Birmingham etc here and some sample references for other regions gov.uk/residential-property-tribunal-decisions Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 19:51
  • 00FK is Derby, so this element looks like it matches the location of the property in question (as opposed to the BIR which is where the Property Chamber was meeting)
    – alexg
    Commented Feb 15, 2023 at 8:52


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