Three Rivers intervention for a snip

The Law Society’s successful intervention in this summer’s appeal to the House of Lords in the Three Rivers privilege case was achieved for just £58,000.

The society instructed Linklaters and Sir Sydney Kentridge QC of Brick Court Chambers on the case, which was heard by the Lords in July.

Kentridge told the Lords that the society believed the restriction of legal privilege would threaten the right of clients to communicate with their lawyers in confidence.

Most of the £58,000 was Kentridge’s fee, with a small amount due for the Lords’ fee and other disbursements.

Linklaters partners Diana Good and Katie Bradford acted pro bono on the intervention.

Two weeks ago, the Lords reversed the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case. The judgment clarified what constitutes legal professional privilege, ruling that correspondence between Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the Bank of England to the Bingham Inquiry into the BCCI collapse was covered. However, the Lords did not define a ‘client’, prompting calls for further review into this area.