Disclosure, 6th Edition | 2023


Authors: Paul Matthews, Hodge M. Malek
ISBN13: 9780414109919
Published: December 2023
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Category: Product ID: 11791


Disclosure provides an authoritative and detailed analysis of the law relating to disclosure, i.e., the process whereby the parties to a legal action disclose to each other all documents in their possession, custody or power relating to matters in question in the action.

Key Features:

  • Provides an authoritative and detailed analysis of the law relating to the process whereby parties to an action disclose to each other all documents relating to the action
  • Covers both documentary and non-documentary disclosure
  • Considers the timing when disclosure should be made
  • Examines the granting of Norwich Pharmacal relief and other forms of pre-action disclosure
  • Discusses who must give disclosure, including special cases, non-parties and parties joined to an action for the purposes of disclosure
  • Considers the issue of privilege and the waiver of it
  • Examines the consequences of a failure to comply with the requirement to disclose Looks at collateral use of documents, information requests, and expert reports
  • Covers disclosure in a wide range of Courts and Tribunals, and the continuing effects of the Human Rights Act 1998
  • Remains a key text internationally with material relevant to the Commonwealth, Ireland and the Channel Islands

The Sixth Edition brings the work up to date. In particular, it covers the important transition from the Disclosure Pilot Scheme to the new Practice Direction for Business and Property cases. It also includes the following cases, to name but a few:

  • Cases on redaction, such as TVZ v Manchester City FC Ltd [2021] EWHC 1179 (QB)
  • Cases about electronic disclosure, such as Sportsradar AG v Football Dataco Ltd [2022] CAT 37
  • Cases dealing with inspection of documents, like Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Emmott [2022] EWHC 730 (Comm)
  • Cases on experts, such as Pickett v Balkind [2022] 4 WLR 88
  • Important privilege cases, such as Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2006, WH Holding Ltd v E20 Stadium LLP [2018] EWCA Civ 2652, and R (Jet2.com Ltd) v Civil Aviation Authority [2020] EWCA Civ 35
  • Information request cases, including Al-Saud v Gibbs [2022] 1 WLR 3082, Vardy v Rooney [2022] EWHC 1209 (QB) and Fairclough v Tasi Ltd [2022] EWHC 2714 (Ch)
  • Cases on failure to comply, like Ocado Group Plc v McKeeve [2021] EWCA Civ 145 and Olympic Council of Asia v Novans Jets LLP [2023] EWHC 276 (Comm)
  • Cases on access to the court file, such as Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring [2020] AC 629
  • Contents:


Part I: Introduction
1. Introduction

Part 2: Documentary Disclosure
2. Time of Disclosure
3. Norwich Pharmacal and other pre-action Disclosure
4. Persons who might give Disclosure
5. What must be Disclosed
6. Means of Disclosure
7. Electronic Disclosure
8. Objections to Disclosure
9. Inspection of Documents
10. Production by non-parties
11. Objections to inspection: introduction and legal professional privilege
12. Objections to inspection (2): public interest immunity
13. Objections to Inspection (3): the privilege against incrimination
14. Objections to Inspection (4): “without prejudice” privilege
15. Objections to Inspection (5): witness statements, defamation privilege, diplomatic privilege and other statutory and discretionary objections
16. Loss of Privilege
17. Failure to comply with disclosure obligation
18. Solicitor’s obligations
19. Collateral use of documents

Part 3: Non-Documentary Disclosure
20. Information requests
21. Other disclosure of facts
22. Experts’ reports
23. Disclosure of real evidence

Part 4: Other Aspects of Disclosure
24. Disclosure in other Courts and Tribunals
25. The Impact of the Human Rights Act 1998
Statutes, Rules, Practice Directions, and Forms


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