Court of Appeal confirms “once privileged, always privileged” unless privileged is waived – even if there is no longer anyone who can assert the privilege

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the documents of a dissolved company remain privileged, regardless of whether there is anyone who can assert the company’s privilege: Addlesee v Dentons Europe LLP [2019] EWCA Civ 1600. The decision establishes that, once a privileged communication comes into existence, that privilege is absolute and remains intact unless … Read more

Privilege: a reminder of the dangers of cherry picking

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that an employer waived privilege in redacted parts of a draft dismissal letter setting out its lawyer’s comments, as a result of the employer’s decision to rely on other privileged material relating to the claimant’s dismissal: Kasongo v Humanscale UK Ltd [2019] UKEAT 0129_19_0909. It is well established … Read more

High Court finds parties agreed to vary application of “without prejudice” rule in subsequent “without prejudice save as to costs” correspondence

The High Court has held that correspondence marked “without prejudice save as to costs” and which described the conduct of prior “without prejudice” (“WP”) negotiations (including a mediation and subsequent discussions) was admissible in an application for costs against the claimant’s lawyers: Willers v Joyce & Ors [2019] EWHC 937 (Ch). The court accepted that … Read more