Opinion EU must resolve the issue of in-house privilege By The Lawyer 1 October 2007 00:47 17 December 2015 15:33 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer C Haward Soper 13 November 2007 at 13:28 In House Privilege The basic problem here is that continental legal thought tends to the view that only external counsel are truly independent & for that reason privilege only extends to them. Internal counsel do not attract the same privileges & very often even lose their rights of audience. It is one of those areas where form seems to be much more important than substance. It is also a sign of the somewhat ossified approach on the continent to structural issues solved years ago in the more flexible Anglo American world where the increase in the number of & influence of in house counsel was paralleled by a grudging acceptance in the courts that “once a lawyer & once an officer of the court; always a lawyer & officer of the court”. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.