Privilege

High Court finds privilege applies to documents from which the substance of legal advice can be inferred

In a recent decision, the High Court has considered the question of when a document will be privileged on the basis that it “evidences” a privileged communication and has taken a more liberal approach than previous case law suggested: In the matter … Continue reading

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Hong Kong corporate crime team publishes article addressing the thorny issue of privilege in Asia investigations

Given the variety of civil law and common law systems across Asia, and the fact that corporate investigations in the region almost always involve multi-jurisdictional elements, protecting privilege is a complex topic. With the differing approaches to privilege adopted both … Continue reading

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Working group proposes pilot of new rules for disclosure

A disclosure working group set up last year, chaired by Lady Justice Gloster, yesterday published its proposals for reforms to the rules governing disclosure of documents in English litigation. The proposals are subject to consultation with a view to setting … Continue reading

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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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Court of Appeal upholds injunction to prevent use of privileged information obtained in breach of confidence

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction against a defendant publisher to prevent it using the claimant’s privileged information that had been provided to the publisher in breach of confidence: Lachaux v Independent Print Limited [2017] … 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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High Court decision potentially extends exceptions to without prejudice protection

In a recent decision, the High Court has found that documents relating to negotiations in respect of the costs that were recoverable in litigation had to be disclosed to a third party (the claimant in the present action) who had … Continue reading

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Singapore Court of Appeal upholds claim to privilege over hacked documents

In a recent decision, the Singapore Court of Appeal concluded that evidence which had been made available on WikiLeaks as a result of the respondent's computer systems being hacked had not lost its confidential and legally privileged status: Wee Shuo Woon … Continue reading

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