The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the only research report to provide a ranking of the top 100 independent local firms and top 50 global firms in the region. The report offers critical review of some of the fastest growing firms and their strategies, a country-by-country guide to leading legal advisers and legal services market trends, plus exclusive insight into the current business development opportunities in the Asia Pacific. Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
The House of Lords last week turned back the clock in the application of legal advice privilege, as the long-awaited reasoning in the Three Rivers privilege case was handed down.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the Bank of England appealed a decision made in March by the Court of Appeal regarding disclosure of communication in relation to the Bingham Inquiry into the BCCI case. The Court of Appeal said that legal privilege would not apply.
The Lords indicated in July that they would overturn the Court of Appeal’s judgment, but reserved reasoning until now.
On Thursday 11 November, they clarified that the law as it was understood prior to the case still applies, adding that legal advice privilege will also apply in inquiries.
Lord Scott of Foscote said: “The skills of professional lawyers when advising a client on what evidence to place before an inquiry and how to present the client and his story to the inquiry in the most favourable light are, in my opinion, unquestionably legal skills being applied in a relevant legal context.”
The Lords did not comment on what counts as a “client” for the purposes of privilege, declining to clarify whether communications between a lawyer and a third party should apply.
A Lovells team led by partner Christopher Grierson represented Three Rivers, with Essex Court Chambers’ Gordon Pollock QC and Fountain Court Chambers’ Bankim Thanki QC. Fresh-fields partner John Goddard instructed Jonathan Sump-tion QC of Brick Court Chambers for the Bank of England.