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Norwich Pharmacal orders are a type of court order to compel a third party not directly involved in the freezing order proceedings to disclosure documentation or information. Our team can help obtain these orders or act for third parties served with them.

A Norwich Pharmacal order is a court order for disclosure of documents or information against third parties. 

The court will consider the interests of justice when granting a Norwich Pharmacal order. As such, it is important to consider the nature of the information and documentation that the applicant is seeking under the Norwich Pharmacal order.

In general an applicant should consider the following relevant factors before seeking a Norwich Pharmacal order

  • the degree to which the respondent is mixed up in, or involved in the wrongdoing;
  • provide evidence as to why the applicant believes that the respondent is in possession of the information / documentation which forms the basis of the Norwich Pharmacal order;
  • the applicant must provide the court with all the material facts when seeking to obtain a Norwich Pharmacal order;
  • the applicant must provide a detailed description of the information / documentation required under the Norwich Pharmacal order. The court will refuse to grant a Norwich Pharmacal order if the applicant is pursuing a “fishing expedition”;
  • there will be a requirement to provide a cross undertaking in damages which is a promise made by the applicant to compensate the respondent in circumstances where the Norwich Pharmacal order causes harm to the respondent;
  • there is the court’s requirement to consider the interests of justice when granting a Norwich Pharmacal order;

Notwithstanding the above, the fundamental principles that at an applicant must consider when seeking to obtain a Norwich Pharmacal order are the ability to show the court that there is a good arguable case of wrongdoing and evidence that the respondent is mixed up in, or involved in the wrongdoing.


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