E D and F Man Liquid Products Ltd v Patel and Another: CA 4 Apr 2003

The rules contained two occasions on which a court would consider dismissal of a claim as having ‘no real prospect’ of success.
Held: The only significant difference between CPR 24.2 and 13.3(1), is that under the first the overall burden of proof rests upon the claimant to establish that there are grounds for his belief that the respondent has no real prospect of success whereas, under the latter, the burden rests upon the defendant to satisfy the court that there is good reason why a judgment regularly obtained should be set aside. In this case the facts would satisfy either test whatever the difference. The evidence did not establish that anyone had ever used the search term ‘Mr Spicy’ but rather the defendants had been found by using the term ‘spicy’. The court must disregard prospects of success which are false, fanciful or imaginary. Inclusion of the word ‘real’ means that the claimant must have a case which is better than merely arguable.
Potter LJ said that in evaluating the prospects of success of a claim or defence the judge is not required to abandon her critical faculties: ‘It is certainly the case that under both rules, where there are significant differences between the parties so far as factual issues are concerned, the court is in no position to conduct a mini-trial: see per Lord Woolf MR in Swain v Hillman [2001] 1 All ER 91 at 95 in relation to CPR 24. However, that does not mean that the court has to accept without analysis everything said by a party in his statements before the court. In some cases it may be clear that there is no real substance in factual assertions made, particularly if contradicted by contemporary documents. If so, issues which are dependent upon those factual assertions may be susceptible of disposal at an early stage so as to save the cost and delay of trying an issue the outcome of which is inevitable . .’

Lord Justice Potter Lord Justice Peter Gibson
[2003] EWCA Civ 472, Times 18-Apr-2003, Gazette 19-Jun-2003, [2003] CP Rep 51, [2003] CPLR 384, [2003] CPLR 349, [2003] QB 1556, [2003] 3 WLR 667
Civil Procedure Rules 13.3(1)(a) 24.2(a)(ii)
England and Wales
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Application for leaveED and F Man Liquid Products Ltd v Patel and Another CA 16-Oct-2002
Application for leave to appeal . .

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