Sam Way

Legal advice is privileged no matter where it’s from

Posted on 08 October, 2020 by | Sam Way

In the latest Practical Law Employment and Discrimination Blog, Sam Way at looks at the implications of the High Court decision in PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov and others [2020] EWHC 2437 that legal advice privilege extends to communications with an overseas in-house legal team.

"In PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov and others [2020] EWHC 2437 (Comm), Moulder J confirmed that legal advice privilege covers communications with an in-house legal team, despite the fact that under Russian law in-house legal teams are not classified as advocates and therefore communication with in-house lawyers is not confidential. Where foreign lawyers are concerned, the courts will take a functional approach in determining whether communications attract legal advice privilege. The decision should provide reassurance to employers who rely on foreign legal teams for advice on employment matters."

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Sam Way has a busy and varied practice in all areas of employment and discrimination law, representing both Claimants and Respondents in preliminary hearings, final hearings and on appeal.


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