There can be serious implications in secretly recording conversations or meetings and attempting to rely on these in Court, to mentioned a few: human rights, confidentiality and data protection violations, and legal costs implications.

But in this recent High Court ruling, the Court has clarified that, although such conduct may be frowned upon (and still have costs risks), they may in fact be of 'great value' as to what was said or agreed by the relevant parties. Especially so in circumstances where parties' evidence of fact is diametrically opposed. 

Lessons? Whilst  a Court may have regard to the evidence, parties wishing to rely on secretly recorded conversations or covert footage should take legal advice on the potential problems and risks. 

The case: Singh v Singh and Ors [2016] EWHC 1432