Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 7: General update

In this seventh episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we consider: developments relating to disclosure and witness evidence, including an update on reforms in both areas; some recent cases relating to class actions; and the impact of Brexit in the insolvency context. This episode is hosted by Anna Pertoldi, a partner in … Read more

High Court allows non-party access to witness statements referred to at hearing relating to proposed scheme of arrangement

A recent decision illustrates the court’s approach to providing non-party access to documents referred to at a public hearing, in the context of a proposed scheme of arrangement: Re Port Finance Investment Ltd [2021] EWHC 454 (Ch). The decision applies the recent guidance from the Supreme Court decision in Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring … Read more

Court of Appeal orders defendants to request their employees and ex-employees to produce personal devices for inspection to identify documents in defendants’ control

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that, where personal devices belonging to the defendants’ employees and ex-employees potentially contained relevant documents within the defendants’ “control” for the purposes of disclosure, the court had jurisdiction to order the defendants to request the employees and ex-employees to deliver up those devices for inspection by the … Read more

High Court confirms jurisdiction to order disclosure under Disclosure Pilot Scheme not confined to issues identifiable from statements of case

The High Court has confirmed that it has jurisdiction to order disclosure of specific documents under the Disclosure Pilot Scheme, even where the disclosure relates to issues which are not identifiable on the face of the statements of case and no List of Issues for Disclosure has been agreed by the parties: The Commissioners for … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 5: General update

In this fifth episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we briefly outline the state of play for Brexit as it affects litigation in the English courts. We also look at some developments since our last update relating to the disclosure pilot, witness evidence reform and remote hearings, and finally we look at … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 4: General update

In this fourth episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we look at a variety of cases and developments, including an update on the disclosure pilot and proposals in relation to witness statements. We also look at recent cases on privilege, witness evidence, access to court documents, claim notices and freezing injunctions. This … Read more

Article published – Disclosure Pilot Scheme: a potential way forward?

A judicial update on the operation of the Disclosure Pilot Scheme has recently been published, together with the Third Interim Report on the pilot which sets out feedback received. The report suggests that, in the view of court users, the pilot has not succeeded in making disclosure simpler and cheaper. The update sets out a … Read more