Mishcon updates leading guide on disclosure orders
02 March 2015

Mishcon updates leading guide on disclosure orders

A team from Mishcon de Reya have written Norwich Pharmacal orders: a practical guide for Thomson Reuters' legal solution, Practical Law, usually known as "PLC".  It is the "go to" resource for know-how for most lawyers and it leads the market in providing up to date legal news and information for lawyers in the UK and elsewhere. The guide was written by Mishcon Partner, Rob Wynn Jones, Solicitors, Edward Carder and Oli Gepfert and Assistant Solicitor, Elizabeth Metliss, who deal with Norwich Pharmacal Orders (NPOs) on a daily basis, to provide a one-stop-shop for legal practitioners looking to understand how Norwich Pharmacal relief works and the circumstances in which it will be granted.

An NPO is an exceptional form of court order that requires a (usually innocent) third party to disclose documents and information to victims of fraud and other wrongful behaviour.  They are so called after the first reported case where such an order was made.  It is typically obtained where a victim knows that they have been wronged, but does not know the identity of the wrongdoer, yet they can identify a third party who has this information and who has got inadvertently caught up in the wrongdoing.

Along with freezing injunctions and search orders, NPOs are a key part of the courts' arsenal in responding to fraud. They are also increasingly used in relation to social media and the internet, where wrongdoers (mistakenly) think that they can remain anonymous.  NPOs against ISPs and others will usually reveal the identity of those who commit torts online.  They allow companies and individuals to stop harassment, limit damage following data theft and otherwise protect their legal rights.