No Norwich Pharmacal order in absence of organised body of data

In Smith v ADVFN PLC [2008] EWCA Civ 518, the Court of Appeal considered the proper ambit of a Norwich Pharmacal order and, in particular, the coherency and quantity of the evidence supporting a Norwich Pharmacal order. The court held an applicant should be careful to provide the courts with a coherent body of data from which an allegation of wrong doing could properly be assessed.

The case gives valuable guidance not just on the nature, but also on the presentation of the evidence in support of a Norwich Pharmacal application. An indiscriminate and disorganised mass of material could be fatal to the application.
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