Disclosure

A stark reminder of the restrictions on collateral use of disclosed documents, including information derived from them

The High Court has delivered a strong message as to the need for litigants to appreciate the rules relating to collateral use of disclosed documents, under CPR 31.22: The Ecu Group Plc v HSBC Bank Plc [2018] EWHC 3045 (Comm). … Continue reading

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High Court finds SFO can compel production of documents held by foreign company outside the jurisdiction

In a recent decision in the context of a judicial review, the High Court held that the SFO was able to compel a foreign company to produce documents located outside the jurisdiction, pursuant to s.2(3) of the Criminal Justice Act … Continue reading

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Article published – Pilot of new disclosure rules: a change for the better?

Julian Copeman and Maura McIntosh have published an article in PLC Magazine looking at the new disclosure rules that are due to be piloted in the Business and Property Courts for two years starting in January 2019. The article outlines the key provisions … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal overturns decision granting very broad non-party access to court documents

The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court Master’s order granting non-party access to the entirety of the hard copy trial bundles in a case that settled before judgment. The decision helpfully clarifies the extent of the court’s discretion … Continue reading

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Two-year pilot of new disclosure rules to commence 1 January 2019

New rules to govern disclosure of documents in litigation before the English courts were unveiled yesterday, having been approved by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee on 13 July. The rules will be subject to a two-year pilot in the Business … Continue reading

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Manual disclosure review ordered due to concerns over party’s computer assisted review

In a recent High Court decision, the court expressed concerns regarding the claimants’ computer assisted disclosure review and ordered them to carry out a manual review of a substantial number of documents that had been excluded from review on the … Continue reading

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Article published – Proposals for disclosure reform: Do they fit the bill?

Late last year, a disclosure working group chaired by Lady Justice Gloster published proposals for disclosure reform, including a completely new rule to govern the disclosure of documents in English litigation. The proposals are subject to consultation until the end of … Continue reading

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High Court grants non-party broad access to documents relied on at trial despite case having settled before judgment

In a recent decision, a High Court Master has taken a broad view of the documents that should be made available to a non-party where a case settled after trial: Dring v Cape Distribution Limited [2017] EWHC 3154 (QB). The … Continue reading

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Cross-Border Litigation – international perspectives

We are pleased to publish the second issue of our periodic publication “Cross-Border Litigation”, designed to highlight legal and practical issues specific to litigation with an international aspect. Tapping into the expertise of the firm’s leading commercial litigators across the globe, the … Continue reading

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Working group proposes pilot of new rules for disclosure

A disclosure working group set up last year, chaired by Lady Justice Gloster, yesterday published its proposals for reforms to the rules governing disclosure of documents in English litigation. The proposals are subject to consultation with a view to setting … Continue reading

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