Legal Professional Privilege

A Comparative Guide 2019

A review of law and practice relating to legal professional privilege in 25 jurisdictions across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

The laws on legal professional privilege remain a significant point of interest and divergence across the global legal landscape. Advice that is privileged in one country may not be protected in others. Even within a jurisdiction, the scope and application of legal professional privilege may be the subject of debate amongst experts

For 25 jurisdictions, including the EU, our guide provides at-a-glance answers to these basic questions:

  • Is the concept of disclosure of documents recognised?

  • Is a right to privilege recognised? If so, what types of document may be privileged?
  • Is the concept of in-house lawyer privilege recognised? Are there any limiting factors?
  • What law determines whether privilege applies to a document or communication?
  • Is the doctrine of privilege respected and applied by regulatory and other investigative bodies?

The review is intended to highlight issues rather than to provide comprehensive advice. If you have any particular questions about privilege, please do not hesitate to contact the Linklaters LLP lawyers with whom you work.

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