The initial step is for the applicant to satisfy the court that the application is not in the nature of a fishing expedition, and that document in question contains information which may relate to a matter in issue. As explained in the oft‑cited Compagnie Financiere et Commerciale du Pacifique v. Peruvian Guano Co. (1882), 11 Q.B.D. 55 (C.A.), a document relating to a matter in issue is one which directly or indirectly may enable the party to advance his own case or destroy that of his adversary or which may fairly lead him to a train of inquiry or disclose evidence which may have either of these consequences
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