Lex Mundi Publishes Interactive Global Attorney-Client Privilege Guide For General Counsel

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Interactive Guide is First to Compare Common and Civil Law Attorney-Client Privilege Information from 65+ Jurisdictions in a Side-by-side Custom Report

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Our goal in creating this guide is to enable counsel and their clients to identify key differences among jurisdictions’ laws and to provide citations to primary sources for further research.

Lex Mundi, in conjunction with members of the Lex Mundi Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Group, has published the first-of-its kind interactive guide - Lex Mundi Global Attorney-Client Privilege Guide. This one-of-a kind guide allows users to compare common and civil law attorney-client privilege information for more than 65 jurisdictions around the world -- all in a side-by-side customized report.

Attorney-client privilege differs significantly between states and countries and also between common and civil law jurisdictions. Some civil law jurisdictions do not recognize the privilege but instead protect the information through professional ethics rules or otherwise. At a time of global financial crisis, when companies are struggling to maintain operations and solvency in the wake of supply chain disruption and demand side collapse, companies know that litigation is looming. Now, more than ever, it is important for companies and their counsel to take steps to protect privileged information in anticipation of the litigation to come.

The Lex Mundi Attorney-Client Privilege Guide details what constitutes attorney-client privilege in common and civil law jurisdictions around the world. Specific topics addressed in the guide include:

  • Elements/Basics
  • Privilege in Corporations
  • Litigation Funding
  • Crime-Fraud Exception
  • Work Product Doctrine/Litigation Privilege
  • Other privileges, including accountant-client privilege, mediation privilege and settlement negotiation privilege

Lex Mundi created the guide with the help of Jenner & Block LLP, Lex Mundi member firm for USA, Illinois. David Greenwald, partner with Jenner & Block LLP, explained, “Our goal in creating this guide is to enable counsel and their clients to identify key differences among jurisdictions’ laws and to provide citations to primary sources for further research.” He added, “The law of privilege, and the differences between jurisdictions, is often misunderstood. This guide provides ready access to this important information.”

The guide’s interactive and innovative format allows users to search for and download an individual jurisdiction’s report or compare multiple jurisdictions in a side-by-side customizable report. The Lex Mundi Attorney-Client Privilege Guide can be accessed free of charge on the Lex Mundi website at: https://www.lexmundi.com/lexmundi/Attorney-Client_Privilege_Guide.asp.

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