Topic: Professional secrecy

US regulators issue $1.8 billion in fines over personal messaging usage

The SEC has announced a “first-of-its-kind group resolution” against 11 financial institutions for breaching rules governing the use of personal devices at work.

28 September 2022

Fired Fresenius GC files lawsuit over whistleblower claims

The former top US lawyer at Fresenius claims he was dismissed last month for reporting concerns about bribery, corruption and embezzlement at the German medical company.

13 April 2022

Lawyer denies “tipping off” client about SFO probe

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office has charged commercial solicitor William Osmond with illicitly disclosing the existence of a money laundering investigation.

11 April 2022

Swiss sanctions enforcer rattles legal community with disclosure stance

The Swiss ministry responsible for investigating economic sanctions breaches has doubled down on its position that lawyers have a duty to disclose assets held by sanctioned clients.

01 April 2022

DOJ accuses Google of “artificial” privilege claims

Google has abused the concept of attorney-client privilege to shield at least tens of thousands of documents from discovery, the Department of Justice has said.

22 March 2022

IBA hits out at UN, OECD and FATF over privilege comments

The International Bar Association has published a statement defending the principle of legal professional privilege from “international attack”.

17 January 2022

Former Raiffeisen lawyer penalised for leaking legal report

12 November 2021

French lawyers ask president to amend legal advice privilege bill

“Clients just won’t have confidence in speaking to their attorney; the whole point of having an attorney-client relationship will just die,” said one white-collar lawyer.

26 October 2021

ENRC adds SFO official to leak lawsuit

22 October 2021

A look back at GIR Connect: Paris

The virtual conference featured a keynote from Total general counsel Aurélien Hamelle and was co-chaired by Jonathan Mattout of Herbert Smith Freehills and Laura Perkins of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. A video of the entire programme is online now.

05 October 2021

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