Practice – Striking out. After an unsuccessful attempt to finance the building of a hotel, the claimants were faced with the repossession of their house. They brought proceedings, claiming that the defendant firm, which had provided them with advice, had conspired to destroy documents that proved that its advice had been negligent. The defendants applied to strike out the claims. The Technology and Construction Court held that, on the evidence, the claims were hopeless and the application would be allowed.