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Reliance on an absence of legal advice may waive privilege

The First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) has held that a party waived privilege in certain communications with its lawyers by relying on the absence of relevant advice from those lawyers in order to support its application to lodge an appeal out … Continue reading

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High Court decision illustrates limits of the cherry-picking rule

The High Court has concluded that, where a claimant waived privilege in certain emails to rebut a suggestion of recent fabrication, only a small number of other privileged documents had to be disclosed as a result of the cherry-picking rule: … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal prevents use of privileged document disclosed in error where mistake obvious to second more senior solicitor

The Court of Appeal has added what it has termed “a modest gloss” to the principles on when the court will restrain use of a privileged document disclosed in error, on the basis that there has been an obvious mistake. … Continue reading

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Employee could not assert privilege against employer over documents on employer’s IT system

The High Court has found that a company's Group Finance Director could not assert privilege against the company in respect of documents he had created for the purpose of obtaining legal advice in respect of his divorce proceedings, which the … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal finds trustees in bankruptcy could not waive bankrupt’s privilege

In a recent judgment, the Court of Appeal has held that trustees in bankruptcy could not waive legal professional privilege of a bankrupt, even though (i) the trustees in bankruptcy were entitled to take possession of the documents in which … Continue reading

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A reminder: relying on privileged material may lead to a wider loss of privilege than you would like

A recent High Court decision acts as a reminder of the dangers that may lie in store for a party to litigation who refers to or relies on privileged material to support its case on the merits. Whenever privileged material has been … Continue reading

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Article published on maximising privilege protection for internal investigations under US and English law

When a company conducts an internal investigation in respect of a potential regulatory issue, it will wish to maximise the extent to which materials produced in connection with the investigation are protected by privilege. If privilege is protected from the outset, the company … Continue reading

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Important High Court decision on waiver of privilege and without prejudice protection

In a decision earlier this week, the High Court held that a defendant bank had waived both legal professional privilege and without prejudice protection in communications with regulators, because of the bank’s reliance on the subsequent regulatory decisions: Property Alliance … Continue reading

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Establishing “good reason” for breach of order following change of solicitors may require waiver of privilege

The High Court has extended a witness statement deadline, where a party was in breach of the previous timetable, but refused to vacate the trial date to allow more time for statements to be prepared and served: Devon & Cornwall Autistic Community Trust v Cornwall … Continue reading

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Article published on loss or waiver of privilege

It sometimes happens that a privileged document ends up in the hands of an opponent or third party, either as a result of inadvertent disclosure in litigation or in some other way, or a privileged document is referred to in … Continue reading

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