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Legal professional privilege: An overview of EU and national case law

Since 1982, the year in which the Court of Justice recognized the existence of a legal professional privilege in EU law in its AM & S judgment [1], this issue has been a source of debate as well as frustration within legal and business circles in the EU in view of the limitations to the scope of the privilege set by the Court in its judgment. The judgment had at least the merit of accepting the concept of a legal professional privilege at EU level but, by strictly limiting its personal scope, it generated controversy and criticism. This series of articles discusses the issue of legal professional privilege not only at EU level but also within the legal order of a number of European jurisdictions. Taking a closer look at this important issue comes at a particularly opportune time

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Jean-François Bellis, Legal professional privilege : An overview of EU and national case law, 26 octobre 2011, e-Competitions Legal privilege, Art. N° 39467

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