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We are pleased to launch the 2019 edition of our Asia Pacific Guide to Privilege.

Businesses are increasingly faced with multi-jurisdictional disputes where evidence rarely falls within the borders of a single country and complex legal privilege issues often surface when dealing with communications across multiple jurisdictions.

Compiled by our network of Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers and trusted local counsel, the updated Guide takes account of the latest developments across Asia Pacific and covers 21 jurisdictions.

Many enforcement actions either emanate from or involve long-arm jurisdictions outside Asia and span across many jurisdictions in Asia. Given for example the English Bribery Act’s broad jurisdiction and extra-territorial reach coupled with aggressive enforcement agencies, clients around Asia ought to understand how the authorities in England will apply the law of privilege, in addition to how the law is applied across Asia. Moreover, although English case law is persuasive in most common law jurisdictions, legal advice privilege is an area in which a number of common law jurisdictions, such as Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, have chosen to depart from English case law. Given the spotlight on these issues, we have added a new chapter on England & Wales and a related comparative question in each of the other 20 chapters across Asia-Pacific.

We hope that this comprehensive Guide will be useful particularly to multinational companies who operate numerous subsidiaries across borders.

Please email asia.publications@hsf.com to request a hard copy of the Guide.

 

Peter Godwin

Peter Godwin
Regional Head of Practice - Dispute Resolution, Asia, Managing Partner - Kuala Lumpur
+60 3 2777 5104

Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas
Partner, Head of Commercial Litigation, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4025

Alastair Henderson

Alastair Henderson
Managing Partner - Southeast Asia
+65 6868 8058

May Tai

May Tai
Managing Partner - Greater China
+852 2101 4031

Dominic Geiser

Dominic Geiser
Partner, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4629

Peter Butler

Peter Butler
Partner, Sydney
+61 2 9225 5686

Helen Tang

Helen Tang
Partner, Shanghai
+86 21 2322 2160

Julian Copeman

Julian Copeman
Partner, London
+44 20 7466 2168

Narendra Adiyasa

Narendra Adiyasa
Partner, Jakarta
+62 21 3973 6108

David Gilmore

David Gilmore
Partner, Tokyo
+81 3 5412 5415

Mike McClure

Mike McClure
Partner, Seoul
+82 2 6321 5701

Chinnawat Thongpakdee

Chinnawat Thongpakdee
Partner, Bangkok
+66 2 857 3829

 

 

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