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PRACTICE: What goes up, must come down

05 February 2016  

Martin Meredith provides a timely reminder on the signature of statements of truth

The recent High Court decision of Bao Xiang International Garment Centre v British Airways plc [2015] (Bao Xiang) serves as a pertinent reminder for lawyers of the importance associated with signing statements of truth, the need to ensure that there is authority from the client(s) to bring a claim, the appropriate procedure to apply when proceedings must be issued without authority, and the significance of legal conduct so as to avoid any suggestion of an abuse of process.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Adams & ors v Ford & ors [2012] EWCA Civ 544

    Bao Xiang International Garment Centre & ors v British Airways plc & ors [2015] EWHC 3071 (Ch)

    Clarke v Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd [2002] 1 WLR 1731

    GB Minerals Holdings Ltd v Short [2015] EWHC 1387 (TCC)

    Hunter v Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police & ors [1981] UKHL 13

    Presentaciones Musicales SA v Secunda & anor [1994] Ch 271

    Yona International Ltd & anor v La Réunion Francaise Société Anonyme d’Assurances et de Réassurances [1996] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 84

    Zurich Insurance Company plc v Hayward [2011] EWCA Civ 641