Work Area: Legal privilege and professional secrecy

SEC sues Covington seeking client information in cyber hack probe

Covington & Burling accused the SEC of trying to “pry client confidences from an innocent law firm to assess whether any securities violations have taken place”.

12 January 2023

Outgoing Fraud Section litigation chief discusses discrepancies in white-collar sentencings

Sentencing practices in US white-collar cases vary more widely between districts than they do between judges, and it is difficult to understand exactly why, the Fraud Section’s former head of litigation told GIR on the occasion of his moving to private practice.

09 December 2022

Enforcement officials: UK faces uphill battle to enforce Russia sanctions

The heads of the UK’s civil sanctions enforcement agency and the Crown Prosecution Service have warned that legislative shortcomings and well-resourced oligarchs are undermining their efforts to enforce Russian sanctions.

11 October 2022

Regulator details “shocking” AML breaches at Sydney casino

A gambling watchdog also took aim at Star Entertainment’s in-house lawyers for wrongly asserting legal privilege to withhold documents from Australia’s anti-money laundering enforcer.

13 September 2022

FRC fines Grant Thornton over “serious failings” on Sports Direct audits

The penalty comes 21 months after the UK’s accounting regulator won a partial victory in a high-profile privilege wrangle for the sports retail company’s documents.

18 July 2022

Court slams ex-Dechert partner’s “almost unimaginable” misconduct on ENRC probe

“I have little doubt that Mr [Neil] Gerrard had a large ego and a belief that he is always right and expected others to follow him implicitly,” the court said in an excoriating judgment concluding that the lawyer repeatedly leaked ENRC’s confidential information to the SFO.

16 May 2022

SNC-Lavalin reaches $29m criminal settlement over bridge contract

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Canadian construction company SNC-Lavalin has agreed to pay over $29 million (US$22.4 million) to settle criminal charges relating to a bridge refurbishment contract in Montreal.

09 May 2022

Watch GIR Live: DC

GIR subscribers can now view the entire GIR Live: Washington, DC conference, online. The event, held at Paul Hastings on 7 April, was co-chaired by Nicolas Bourtin of Sullivan & Cromwell and Amy Jeffress of Arnold & Porter.

06 May 2022

Dutch authorities appeal against privilege ruling

The Netherlands’ state prosecution service is appealing against a part of a recent privilege decision that requires the agency to ask email service providers to filter out confidential communications before they respond to authority information requests.

21 April 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

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