Court of Appeal finds litigation privilege is restricted to the purpose of obtaining advice or information, not the conduct of litigation more broadly

The Court of Appeal has held that emails between a company’s Board members which had been prepared to discuss a commercial proposal for the settlement of a dispute were not covered by litigation privilege: WH Holding Ltd v E20 Stadium LLP [2018] EWCA Civ 2652. The court found that, to fall within litigation privilege, a … Read more

Information gathering by in-house lawyer in order to obtain external advice may not be protected by legal advice privilege

In a recent decision, the High Court has held that an in-house lawyer’s communications with an employee of the business, who was accepted to be her in-house “client” for some purposes, were not protected by legal advice privilege where those communications were to seek and obtain information to provide to external solicitors in order to … Read more

Article published – ENRC privilege decision: welcome news but difficulties remain

The Court of Appeal’s recent decision in The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2006 (ENRC) has, helpfully, departed from the High Court’s overly strict approach to questions of litigation privilege. However, it has left intact the problematic approach to the question of who is the “client” for the purposes … Read more

Article published – Pilot of new disclosure rules: a change for the better?

Julian Copeman and Maura McIntosh have published an article in PLC Magazine looking at the new disclosure rules that are due to be piloted in the Business and Property Courts for two years starting in January 2019. The article outlines the key provisions and considers how much impact they are likely to have, as well as considering the … Read more

Court of Appeal decision in ENRC: orthodoxy restored on litigation privilege, but narrow interpretation of “client” remains for now

The Court of Appeal has today handed down its eagerly awaited decision in the ENRC appeal: The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2006. At first instance, the High Court took a restrictive approach to both litigation privilege and legal advice privilege (see our summary of the decision … Read more

No privilege for advice on how to “cloak” dismissal on basis of discrimination as dismissal for redundancy

In a recent decision, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that an email containing advice from an in-house lawyer was not protected by privilege due to the “iniquity principle”, as there was a strong prima facie case that it advised on how to “cloak” as dismissal for redundancy the claimant’s dismissal resulting from allegations of disability … Read more