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High Court Determines Exceptions to ‘Without Prejudice’ Privilege in Recent Disputes

Two cases illustrate the narrow scope of application for exceptions to the without prejudice rule of legal privilege. By Stuart Alford and Clare Nida Background In two recent judgments, the High Court found exception to the ‘without prejudice’ rule of legal privilege. The rule protects statements made by parties to a dispute (whether written or … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal: Professional Privilege Must Pass the “Dominant Purpose” Test

The Court narrowly interprets dominant purpose to exempt general tax advice from legal privilege. By Oliver E. Browne and Clare Nida In Financial Reporting Council Ltd v Frasers Group Plc (formerly Sports Direct International Plc) [2020] EWHC 2607 (Ch), the High Court handed down the latest ruling in relation to the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) … Continue Reading

‘Iniquity Exception’ Extends to Breaches of a Director’s Statutory Duty

English High Court holds that alleged breaches of a director’s statutory duties can engage the ‘iniquity exception’, which disapplies legal professional privilege under certain conditions. By Stuart Alford QC and George Schurr In Barrowfen Properties v Girish Dahyanhai Patel & Ors.,[i] the English High Court held that the ‘iniquity exception’ to legal professional privilege will … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal Clarifies Legal Professional Privilege

The Court ruled on the “dominant purpose” test and offered guidance on the status of multiparty emails, and attachments. By Oliver Browne and Clare Nida Two recent Court of Appeal judgments have sought to clarify, and offer practical guidance relating to, legal professional privilege. In Civil Aviation Authority v. R (on behalf of the application … Continue Reading

Private Equity and Privilege: Why Recent Legal Developments Matter to Buyout Firms

By Stuart Alford QC, Daniel Smith and Kem Ihenacho Legal professional privilege allows clients to share information with lawyers, knowing it need not be revealed in court. Privilege extends to legal advice generally, and to documents prepared in contemplation of litigation. Privilege has important implications for private equity beyond litigation, and can affect how firms … Continue Reading
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