In Dispute  

December 01, 2007

Legal professional privilege protects the confidentiality of communications made between a lawyer and his or her client. The rationale behind this important principle recognised in all EU States is that it allows detailed and frank disclosure by clients to their lawyers.

However, the European Court of First Instance (“CFI”) has delivered a blow to the role of in-house lawyers in the recent case of Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd and Akcros Chemicals Ltd v European Commission.

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