SFO will not appeal landmark litigation privilege ruling – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) will not appeal to the Supreme Court last month’s ruling that documents generated in connection with an investigation into the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) were protected by litigation privilege, it has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd October 2018

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High Court rejects privilege claim in regulator request for documents – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 18th, 2018 in documents, news, privilege by sally

‘Documents sought by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) from Sports Direct in connection with an FRC investigation into Sports Direct’s auditor must be handed over, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th September 2018

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Litigation Privilege: rationale and scope defined — Guy Mansfield QC – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 10th, 2018 in confidentiality, disclosure, fraud, news, privilege by tracey

‘The Director of the SFO v ENRC [2018] EWCA Civ 2006. Eurasian Natural Resources Corp, the defendant to the Serious Fraud Office’s application to enforce notices seeking to compel the production of documents, has had a chequered history in the last 10 years since it came to the London market (in January 2014 it delisted and went private). In December 2010, a whistleblower alerted the company by email to serious allegations of corruption, fraud and bribery within its group.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th September 2018

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Landmark privilege win: appeal court rules against SFO in ENRC case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 6th, 2018 in confidentiality, disclosure, fraud, news, privilege by tracey

‘The protective scope of professional privilege received an important boost today when an appeal ruled that in-house advice prepared prior to court proceedings is as protected by privilege as that given in the defence of proceedings. In a much awaited ruling, the President of the Queen’s Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson, Chancellor of the High Court Sir Geoffrey Vos and Lord Justice McCombe this morning backed an appeal over a High Court ruling that a business under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office should turn over materials prepared for an earlier internal investigation.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th September 2018

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Tribunals must “proceed with care” over wasted costs orders where privilege is not waived – Litigation Futures

Posted September 4th, 2018 in costs, employment tribunals, negligence, news, privilege, tribunals, wasted costs orders by sally

‘Employment tribunals should generally give the benefit of doubt to a legal representative facing a wasted costs applications where their client refuses to waive privilege, the president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st August 2018

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Overheard pub talk “showed solicitor’s redundancy was bogus” – Legal Futures

‘A long-serving solicitor has been allowed to use a leaked internal email and overheard pub conversation as evidence for a discrimination claim against his former firm.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2018

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Are the parameters of professional privilege about to be redefined? – Family Law

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in disclosure, documents, news, privilege by tracey

‘Family analysis: Sarah Bazaraa, senior associate at Pannone Corporate LLP, looks at the unusual facts in Bruzas v Saxton [2018] EWHC 1619 (Fam), [2018] All ER (D) 160 (Jun) and considers whether the issues raised in the case may redefine the boundaries of legal professional privilege.’

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Family Law, 1st August 2018

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Court in tangle after law firm ‘whistleblower’ sends it privileged material – Legal Futures

Posted June 27th, 2018 in divorce, law firms, news, privilege, solicitors, whistleblowers by tracey

‘The president of the Family Division is to be asked what the court should do in the highly unusual case of a ‘whistleblower’ from the solicitors of one party to a divorce sending it legally privileged information.’

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Legal Futures, 27th June 2018

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Legal professional privilege under attack again (even Donald Trump thinks so!) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 19th, 2018 in legal profession, news, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘On 10 April 2018, President Donald Trump tweeted “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” This was not the President’s deep analysis of the state of legal professional privilege (LLP) but a reaction to the raid on the offices of one of his former lawyers and the seizing of a quantity of documentation.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th May 2018

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Divorce beauty parades: genuine market research or litigation manoeuvring? – Family Law

Posted June 19th, 2018 in conflict of interest, divorce, law firms, news, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘This article considers the decision in ZS v FS [2017] EWHC 2660 (Fam), in which a husband failed in his application to prevent his ex-wife’s solicitor from acting.’

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Family Law, 18th June 2018

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ENRC sues Serious Fraud Office over ‘whistleblower failures’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The mining company at the centre of a row over professional privilege has called for an independent inquiry into the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), accusing the office of failing to investigate a whistleblower’s letter.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th June 2018

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Privilege in tax avoidance disputes – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 10th, 2018 in disclosure, HM Revenue & Customs, news, privilege, tax avoidance, tribunals by sally

‘In UK tax avoidance disputes there are practical difficulties in asserting legal privilege to prevent legal advice being disclosed to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) where the taxpayer has to explain the motivations behind a transaction, but properly asserting privilege should never be seen as being ‘uncooperative’.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th May 2019

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Bad news for barristers: SFO adopts AI-powered document review after successful test in Rolls-Royce case – Legal Futures

Posted April 11th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, barristers, documents, news, privilege by sally

‘The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has bought a document review system backed up by artificial intelligence (AI) to improve significantly its document analysis capability – and put out of work barristers who it previously used to identify material subject to legal professional privilege.’

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Legal Futures, 11th April 2018

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Uncertainty over privilege likely to lead to insurance case appeal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 21st, 2018 in disclosure, insurance, news, privilege by tracey

‘The High Court’s ruling that an insurance policy holder cannot be forced to disclose documents covered by litigation privilege is open to appeal because of apparent inconsistencies in the ruling’s approach to privilege.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th March 2018

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Data Protection Bill threat to legal privilege – The Bar Council

Posted March 8th, 2018 in barristers, bills, data protection, press releases, privilege by tracey

‘A Bill designed to give citizens more control over their data could end up stripping back the fundamental British right to confidential legal advice, the Bar has warned.’

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The Bar Council, 5th March 2018

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Solicitor loses appeal against order to give evidence on Russian client’s assets and not tip him off about it – Legal Futures

Posted March 1st, 2018 in appeals, confidentiality, evidence, news, notification, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor compelled to give evidence about a billionaire Russian client’s assets, and forbidden from revealing his court appearance to the client, has lost his appeal against those orders.’

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Legal Futures, 28th February 2018

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High Court rejects non-party litigation privilege claim – Litigation Futures

Posted February 27th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, news, privilege by tracey

‘An attempt to claim litigation privilege by global mining and commodities giant Glencore, in a case where it was not the party to proceedings, has been rejected by the High Court.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th February 2018

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High Court: legal privilege can apply to internal investigations on the right set of facts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 5th, 2018 in corruption, investigatory powers, news, privilege, taxation by sally

‘The High Court has confirmed that legal privilege can apply to investigations on the right set of facts, restoring some certainty to a position that has been up for debate since May 2017.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th February 2018

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Judge dismisses disclosure bids ahead of £126m credit hire trial – Law Society Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2018 in claims management, consumer credit, disclosure, documents, law firms, news, privilege by tracey

‘The High Court has refused both sides permission to inspect other parties’ documents ahead of a high profile £126m civil case over inflated credit hire charges.’

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Law Society Gazette, 16th January 2018

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Collateral waiver of privilege (Holyoake and another v Candy and others) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in disclosure, evidence, news, privilege by sally

‘Dispute Resolution analysis: When is it appropriate to waive privilege during the course of civil proceedings, and what are the risks if you do? These questions regularly create difficulties for litigators, and a variant of them arose during the trial of Holyoake v Candy. Roger Stewart QC, of 4 New Square, Richard Fowler, of Maitland Chambers, and John Beresford, of Hardwicke Chambers, who appeared for the claimants, examine the issues and say being able to advise with reasonable assurance as to the scope of any collateral waiver will be key to the decision on whether privilege ought to be intentionally waived.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 5th December 2017

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