||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 201 (Oct)
|| EWHC 2086 (Admin)
Stanley Burnton J
||Mark Hapgood QC, Tim Dutton QC and Mark Simpson (instructed by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert) for the claimants.
||Michael Beloff QC, Jonathan Evans and Edward Sawyer (instructed by Stephenson Harwood) for the defendant.
||15 October 2002
Practice and procedure - Stay of proceedings - Professional disciplinary inquiry - Stay pending outcome of concurrent High Court action - Inherent unfairness
The court refused to order a stay of an inquiry into the claimants' work as auditors of a mutual life assurance company being conducted by the Executive Counsel of the Accountants' Disciplinary Scheme even though there were proceedings being brought against the claimants by the society in the commercial court. The existence of concurrent proceedings relating to the same matter was not to be regarded as inherently unfair and, the claimants, in the instant case, had not established that there was a real risk of serious prejudice in any of the proceedings if the inquiry were to continue.
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