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Cite as:  Bus LR 1,  WLR(D) 573,  EWHC 3022 (Comm)
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BUSINESS AND PROPERTY COURTS
OF ENGLAND AND WALES
QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1NL
B e f o r e :
| Patisserie Holdings PLC (in liquidation) and Others
|- and -
|Grant Thornton UK LLP
Simon Salzedo QC, James Brocklebank QC, Edward Harrison and Frederick Wilmot-Smith (instructed by Taylor Wessing LLP) for the Defendant
Hearing date: 10th November 2021
Crown Copyright ©
The Honourable Mrs Justice Moulder DBE Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Relevant provisions of the CPR
"In an appropriate case the court may, on application, and whether or not Initial Disclosure has been given, require a party to disclose documents to another party where that is necessary to enable the other party to understand the claim or defence they have to meet or to formulate a defence or a reply."
"The court may make an order for Extended Disclosure in stages."
"Except where these Rules provide otherwise, the court may—
(m) take any other step or make any other order for the purpose of managing the case and furthering the overriding objective, including hearing an Early Neutral Evaluation with the aim of helping the parties settle the case."
Conclusion on Jurisdiction
Merits of the Application
"Given the huge volume of data in the joint liquidators' possession and their unfamiliarity with parts of it, it will no doubt be both a costly and time-consuming exercise for them to search for and find all relevant records relating to financial years 2006 to financial year 2013, whereas the information should be more readily available on GT's audit files."
Conclusion on the application