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High Court prevents in-house lawyer acting against former employer due to risk of subconscious use of confidential information

The High Court has granted an injunction preventing an in-house lawyer from acting in proceedings adverse to her former employer: Western Avenue Properties Ltd v Soni [2017] EWHC 2650 (QB). The judge accepted that the defendant was well aware of … Continue reading

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A litigator’s yearbook: 2012 (England and Wales)

At this time of year it is traditional to look back over the past 12 months and try to sum up what the year has had to offer. We thought it might be helpful to do the same from a … Continue reading

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ECJ rules in-house lawyers cannot represent their client companies before EU courts

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has ruled that in-house lawyers cannot represent their client companies in proceedings before the EU courts (i.e. the ECJ and the General Court, previously known as the Court of First Instance): … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal considers confidentiality obligations of in-house lawyers

The Court of Appeal has considered whether and in what circumstances a former employed lawyer will be restrained from acting adverse to a former employer in order to protect that former employer’s confidential information: Generics (UK) Limited v Yeda Research & Development … Continue reading

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Privilege after Akzo – a checklist for in-house lawyers

The European Court of Justice decision in Akzo confirms that, for the purposes of EU law, legal professional privilege does not apply to communications between in-house lawyers and their clients (see post). The decision affects legal professional privilege only in … Continue reading

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European Court of Justice confirms that privilege does not apply to in-house lawyers under EU competition law

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has today handed down judgment in the Akzo privilege case, confirming that legal professional privilege does not apply to protect communications between parties and their in-house lawyers from disclosure during competition investigations by the … Continue reading

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