Search orders—key and illustrative decisions

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  • Search orders—key and illustrative decisions

Search orders—key and illustrative decisions

The Practice Note: Search orders—guiding principles explains the five conditions that must be satisfied before a court will grant a search order.

Set out in the table below are the key cases which established those five conditions, as well as a number of cases which illustrate how the courts have approached applications for search orders in practice.

Case details and analysisJudgment dateCase summary
Queen’s Bench Division (Commercial Court)
London Partners Capital Management LLP v Utkan [2021] EWHC 1647 (Comm)
17 June 2021This case illustrates some important issues when executing the order.
The supervising solicitor allowed someone who was not named in the order to be involved in the search, and also permitted removal of documents that the respondent disputed were part of the items listed in the order. This resulted in an application to remove the supervising solicitor, which, although unsuccessful, amounted to an unnecessary and costly distraction from the litigation.
Chancery Division
Vneshprombank LLC (a company registered and in liquidation in the Russian Federation) v Bedzhamov [2021] EWHC 1360 (Ch)

News Analysis: Search orders—a pause for Russian fishing in English waters? (Vneshprombank LLC v Bedzhamov)

See also: Vneshprombank LLC (a company registered and in liquidation in the Russian Federation) v Bedzhamov [2020] EWHC 2114 (Ch).
25 May 2021

5 August 2020
These judgments provide a useful illustration of the issues that can arise
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