This is the second in a series of four articles about the rules and cases relevant to disclosure in England and Wales. The series is introduced here. Although this article is headed “eDisclosure developments” for consistency with the rest, there have been no new relevant developments in the rules themselves since the modifications made at the instigation of Lord Justice Jackson in 2013.
To repeat one thing from the Introduction, we are developing a new on-line resource to replace the one which disappeared on the last upgrade to www.edisclosureinformation.co.uk. This series is designed as an updater.
Without here purporting to give a full survey of the rules (that, as I say, is in the works) here are a few key elements, mainly ones which have been referred to in the more recent cases. The links are to the rule itself:
The word “relevant” disappeared from this part of the rules in 1999. The test since then is whether documents are supportive of or adverse to the case of the giver or any other party. Have a look at Shah v HSBC Private Bank Ltd where the Court of Appeal said that the term “relevant” was fine for everyday use down to the moment when something turned on the precise construction of Rule 31.6 – “in cases of dispute it is important to stick with the carefully chosen wording of the rule”. Continue reading