Herbert Smith Freehills has developed a new web-based app to help in-house counsel quickly navigate the complexities in determining which documents are likely to be privileged, or not.
The “English Law Legal Privilege” web app allows clients to quickly access the information they need both on their mobile phones and via their desktops.
If accessed via a mobile phone, the app can be added as a tile to the phone’s home screen by selecting the “share” icon and choosing “Add to home screen”.
The tool guides users through a short series of questions and then uses the answers to analyse whether a document is likely to be covered by legal advice privilege and/or litigation privilege under English law.
Notes providing guidance and interpretation of relevant case law are accessible directly from the question screens. Once all the necessary questions have been answered, an on-screen report provides a summary of the answers given and the likely privilege status of the document.
The idea to develop the web app was generated by positive feedback on the original hard copy version of the Herbert Smith Freehills “Handy Client Guide to Privilege“.