Dadourian Group International Inc and others v Simms and others: CA 13 Mar 2009

Arden LJ summarised the approach to be taken by a court faced with an allegation of fraud: ‘Their Lordships affirmed the decision in Re H and provided an explanation of what Lord Nicholls’ judgment meant. Baroness Hale (with whom the other Law Lords agreed) explained that nothing in Re H suggests that a different standard of proof is to be applied in circumstances where the alleged conduct is particularly serious or unusual. There is one standard of proof and that is the simple balance of probabilities. The fact that the alleged conduct is particularly serious or unusual does not displace or change this fundamental principle. Baroness Hale stated that the inherent probabilities are simply one factor to be taken into account, where relevant, in deciding where the truth lies. However generally ‘there is no logical or necessary connection between seriousness and probability’. Therefore arguments that Re H had introduced a principle that where a serious allegation is in issue the standard of proof required is higher were incorrect.’


Arden LJ, Hallett LJ, Blackburne J


[2009] EWCA Civ 169, [2009] 1 Lloyds Rep 601




England and Wales


Appeal fromDadourian Group International Inc and others v Simms and others ChD 25-Jul-2008
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