Update on legal professional privilege

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23 November 2010

For Your Eyes Only - Legal Professional Privilege

Legal professional privilege is a hot topic in the legal press following the recent decisions in Akzo Nobel and in Prudential v HMRC.  The cases looked at the extent to which the advice of in-house counsel is protected and whether advice given by professionals other than lawyers was legally privileged.  

The interest in these cases and in legal professional privilege generally, particularly for in-house counsel, was reflected at the Lawyer Legal Summit held in Rome last week.  This annual Summit is aimed at senior in-house counsel and the majority of delegates were very keen to attend the presentation given by Burges Salmon partners, David Hall and Chris Seaton, who were joined by Mark Maurice-Jones, Senior International Counsel at Kimberly-Clark Ltd.

Continuing the theme of legal privilege, David Hall and Chris Seaton will be presenting seminars on 7 December (at our Bristol office) and on 8 December (at our London office).

The seminars will cover:
Knowing the privilege rights and disclosure risks of different regimes - UK, European, Regulatory, Criminal.
Managing your business' use of privileged information.  When are you protected?  When are you vulnerable?
Communication internally and externally on sensitive issues.  What can be protected - when and why?
If you are in-house counsel, someone who manages strategic issues relating to disputes or if you are responsible for obtaining legal advice then these seminars may be of interest to you.  If you would like to attend then please click on the links below.

Bristol Seminar - December 7 2010
London Seminar  - December 8 2010

Alternatively, you can book by emailing seminars@burges-salmon.com stating your name and the date of the seminar you would like to attend.

To find out more about legal privilege, please contact David Hall or Chris Seaton.

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