On 22 June, an article from Out-Law reported that the High Court has found that a set of corporate documents, including meeting minutes and a risk register, are not covered by legal advice privilege and can be handed to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) for its investigation into the auditors of a retail company. The judge did say that legal advice privilege could extend to documents, such as internal company communications, which reproduce advice given in a legal context. However, he found that the 5 documents in question in this case were not covered by legal advice privilege. It is said that the result is a valuable reminder to businesses and their in-house legal teams about when internal communications will and will not be privileged.
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