Parliamentary briefing: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - House of Lords report stage

This briefing outlines the views of the Law Society on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2017-19, which will be considered at report stage in the House of Lords on Monday 3 December.

The Bill consists of two main parts:

  • Part 1 of the Bill would bring in the legislative changes arising from the government’s reviews of its counter-terrorism strategy and of counter-terrorism legislation.
  • Part 2 of the Bill provides for a new power to harden the UK's defences at the border against all forms of hostile state activity.

Our position

We've made clear to government and parliamentarians our concerns about provisions in the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill that would weaken legal professional privilege and restrict access to confidential legal advice from a lawyer.

We're supporting amendments to the Bill, tabled by the government, that would remove provisions that would allow officials to listen into confidential consultations between a client and their lawyer.

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