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Dentons lawyers named in Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: Global Elite 2019 guide
Dentons is proud to congratulate six of our lawyers who have been recognised by Who’s Who Legal in its Thought Leaders: Global Elite 2019 guide.
With all the changes and announcements in 2018, our Eurozone Hub has collated the following supervisory outlook for 2019 as a non-exhaustive “Playbook” for Banking Union Supervised Institutions and other regulated market participants already based in or otherwise relocating to the EU and/or the Eurozone.
Canada Federal Budget 2019
In the wake of the release of the much-anticipated 2019 Federal Budget, members of Dentons’ Tax group, together with a team at Wolters Kluwer, have prepared a Special Report which provides a detailed analysis and concise summary of the changes featured in the Budget.
Global tax guide to doing business in... 2019
Our Global tax guide to doing business in… highlights the complexities of corporate tax systems in 28 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia and Europe.
US Policy Scan 2019
In Policy Scan 2019, Dentons' US Public Policy team's annual analysis of the legislative and political landscape, we take a close look at the issues, questions and conflicts that will dominate the dialogue on Capitol Hill and in the White House over the coming year.
Starting your career as a student at Dentons exposes you to a world of experience and opportunities
With 175 locations in 78 countries, Dentons is home to top-tier talent that is found at the intersection of geography, industry knowledge and substantive legal experience. Working with Dentons, you will have the opportunity to learn from the best lawyers in the industry at the largest law firm in the world.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 recognizes over 130 Dentons lawyers
The 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa has recognized 133 Dentons lawyers, of which 89 have been included in the elite “Leading Lawyers” list, while 44 are listed as “Next Generation Lawyers”.
Dentons launches Market Insights publication: “Digital Transformation and the Digital Consumer”
Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has launched a new Market Insights publication entitled “Digital Transformation and the Digital Consumer”, which examines the legal implications of the online economy.
Dentons ranks across 68 tables securing 109 individual and 43 practice rankings in Chambers USA
Global law firm Dentons earned 109 individual and 43 practice rankings - a 20% increase over last year - in the most recent edition of Chamber USA.
Legal advice privilege applies to confidential communications which pass between a client and the client's lawyer, and which have come into existence for the purpose of giving or receiving legal advice.
The High Court in London last month applied a narrow interpretation of 'client' for the purposes of legal advice privilege in the case of RBS Rights Issue Litigation .
RBS claimed privilege in relation to records of interviews conducted by or on behalf of RBS with employees and ex-employees as part of the bank's investigations. The court held that the records were not covered by legal advice privilege, applying the decision in Three Rivers District Council and others v The Governor & Company of the Bank of England. The court rejected RBS' alternative argument that notes of the interviews were privileged as they constituted "lawyers' working papers”. The court’s finding was that interviews conducted by a bank’s solicitors with its employees were not covered by legal advice privilege. The employees in question did not form part of the “client” for privilege purposes.
The decision reached requires careful consideration by corporates seeking legal advice. The "client" has been limited to those who are authorised to seek and receive legal advice on behalf of a company. Legal advice privilege does not extend to information provided by other employees and ex-employees to or for the purpose of being placed before a lawyer.
It is important to remember that not all documents created in the course of investigations are covered by legal advice privilege. The circulation list of email or written correspondence containing legal advice should be limited in relation to protecting privileged information. Communications created in the course of an investigation may alternatively benefit from the protection of “litigation privilege” which covers most communications provided their dominant purpose is the conduct of litigation. Therefore when litigation is contemplated, communications between those persons within the circulation group should be marked 'legally privileged and confidential - in contemplation of legal proceedings'. Litigation must however be imminent and not simply a remote possibility.
The law on privilege is a highly complex field. Specialist advice should be sought by international businesses given not only the complexity of the law of privilege in the UK but also the subtle differences in approaches to disclosure and privilege in the United States and other western jurisdictions.