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Supreme Court feels the strain as cases back up
The SC makes cases for itself in some instances; e.g. how on earth did the Prudetential get leave to appeal on an issue of whether sol-client privilege applies to bean counters giving clients fiscal advice.
That appeal in Oct. '12 will fail - 1. LPP is governed by strict limits because public policy requires certainty and clarity; 2. there has never been a case in the common law world where sol-client privilege has been extended to accountants, save by legislation.
This case should never have passed leave to appeal. What a waste of time this appeal is, as is the accountants building up a pot of dosh for the SC appeal .
The appeal will benefit the lawyers and QCs involved - Simmons, Herbies etc. The SC will uphold the traditional parameters of sol-cliient privilege (oh, and those fees.)
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