The duties of in-house counsel: The bold, the bright and the blurred?

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Australian Business Law Review, 2009, 37 pp. 267 - 285
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Recent cases involving in-house and external lawyers have attracted much media attention, from the C7litigation to the AWB Inquiry. Some of the media commentary and judicial remarks were directed at the role of the internal legal advisers in the conduct of the parties, both before and during litigation. The cases acknowledge the challenges faced by in-house counsel where the duty to client is blended with loyalty to the employer. The requirement for independence is a fundamental principle of the legal profession. The increasing use of in-house counsel challenges this principle. The conflict faced by in-house counsel is predominant in claims for privilege. This article examines the scope for privilege to be claimed in respect of communications involving in-house counsel.
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