Court Says Royalty Must Stick to the Rules

During the course of litigation, parties are required to disclose all of the documents they have in relation to a case, to their opponent. It is a well-established principle of English law that the parties themselves must sign disclosure statements, not their legal representatives. 

In the case of HRH Prince Abdulaziz v Apex Global Management Ltd, the Supreme Court were surprised by an argument raised by a Saudi prince, that he did not have to sign his own disclosure statement, saying that he was preluded from doing so because of royal convention.

All of the five judges who heard the case agreed that they should not interfere with the Court of Appeal's case management decisions, as it was the Court of Appeal which had directed that disclosure statements should be signed personally. 

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