The EU Court of Justice confirms that legal professional privilege under EU law does not extend to communications with in-house lawyers (Akzo Nobel)

Background In February 2003, the Commission, with the assistance of the UK’s Office of Fair Trading, conducted a dawn raid at the UK premises of Akzo Nobel and Akcros Chemicals on suspicion of possible anti-competitive practices. During the raid, a dispute arose between the investigation team and those of the applicants as to whether certain documents seized by the Commission were subject to legal privilege. These documents included printouts of two emails exchanged between the general manager of Akcros and

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Christopher Bellamy QC, Dario Dagostino, Gerwin Van Gerven, The EU Court of Justice confirms that legal professional privilege under EU law does not extend to communications with in-house lawyers (Akzo Nobel), 14 September 2010, e-Competitions September 2010, Art. N° 41021

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