What is Legal Professional Privilege

What is Legal Professional Privilege (LPP)

Legal Professional Privilege is the right which attaches to certain types of confidential communication. This prevents such communication between lawyers and their clients from being disclosed, even in court. LPP comprises of legal advice privilege and litigation privilege.

Legal advice privilege protects confidential communication, written or oral, between a lawyer and client from being disclosed. This is if the communication is for the purpose of seeking and receiving legal advice. 

Litigation privilege protects confidential communication, written or oral, between a lawyer, client and third party from being disclosed. The communication must be for the dominant purpose of obtaining legal advice, evidence or information in preparation for contemplated or actual litigation. This therefore excludes fact finding inquires and investigations.

Please see our section on Confidentiality for more information.

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