Legal professional privilege
The Bar Council is seriously concerned that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) violates legal professional privilege (LPP) by permitting the authorities secretly to obtain information about legally privileged communications, in particular private meetings and other communications between a lawyer and client.
The Bar Council's Law Reform Committe identified the opportunity presented by the Protection of Freedoms Bill to remedy this defect. We drafted a New Clause for this Bill which was tabled by Baroness Hamwee and debated during the Bill's Committee and Report Stages in the House of Lords.
Please click here to read the Bar Council's latest briefing on LPP; click here to read a press release on the Bar Council's concerns, dated 2 February 2012; click here to read the Bar Council's Parliamentary briefing on legal professional privilege and the proposed New Clause for the Protection of Freedoms Bill; click here to read a transcript of the House of Lords Committee Stage debate; and click here to read the Report Stage debate.