Legal professional privilege

This practice note seeks to:

  • clarify the status of legal professional privilege (LPP)
  • explore recent concerns about how the right has been asserted
  • summarise practitioners’ duties
  • clarify the main principles of LPP

It only applies to the law in England and Wales.

Users of this practice note should have regard to the litigation in the case of R ( v CAA [2018] EWEHC 3364 (Admin). This practice note will be updated after that litigation is concluded.

This practice note is the Law Society’s view of good practice in this area, and is not legal advice. For more information see the legal status.