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Hong Kong: legal advice privilege – important development for corporates

Published on 06 August 2015

In an important judgment, the Hong Kong Court of Appeal has recently decided that legal advice privilege (often referred to as “solicitor-client” or “attorney-client” privilege) can extend to confidential internal communications between employees of a client organisation, provided those communications were created for the sole or dominant purpose of obtaining legal advice.

Legal advice privilege is a fundamental human right and applies as much to corporates as it does to individuals.  In this context, the expression ‘legal advice’ is widely construed and refers to a client’s rights and obligations eg, advice as to what to do in a relevant legal context, whether litigious or non-litigious.