Winner of the 2015 Walter Owen Book Prize
Solicitor-client privilege is the oldest and strongest legally-sanctioned safeguard protecting confidential communications. Yet, lawyers today know very little about the ways in which solicitor-client privilege can be overridden or rendered inapplicable. Most practitioners assume that all lawyer-client communications are protected – they aren't.
Solicitor-Client Privilege is the only Canadian textbook of its kind to explain key aspects of lawyer-client confidentiality. With a Foreword written by former Supreme Court of Canada justice Ian Binnie, this distinctly Canadian law textbook analyzes the exceptions to privilege, conditions where privilege is unclear, and situations of competing interests that might bring into question the application of privilege.
Especially useful is the examination of privilege in specific contexts, such as in civil litigation, administrative law, corporate settings, and government. Portable and immediately accessible, this useful hardcover book gives lawyers the answers they quickly need, and assurances as to when they can rely on solicitor-client privilege and when they can challenge it.
What This Book Features
- Analyzes the impact of globalization and new technology on solicitor-client privilege
- Discusses what constitutes privileged communication, and how it is interpreted by Canadian courts
- This book provides in-depth coverage on every significant aspect of solicitor-client privilege, whereas other reference sources only provide a superficial treatment
- Affordable, easily portable, this book serves as a quick reference guide for practitioners in all areas of law
- Written by a Canadian professor of law who specializes in the study of solicitor-client privilege, providing expert insight into this fundamental aspect of legal practice
- Legal practitioners – Find out when and how solicitor-client communications are protected, and the circumstances when privilege does not apply.
- In-house counsel – When your only client is your employer, you will want to know the extent to which your communications – emails, reports, memos – are legally protected from disclosure.
- Law schools, Law Firms and libraries – Obtain the latest reference source on the law of solicitor-client privilege, updated with current case law.
Table of contents
PART I – Origins, Justification and Evolution of the Privilege
Chapter 1 – The Origins and Rationale of the Privilege
Chapter 2 - The Evolution of the Privilege and its Related Doctrines
PART II – The Elements of the Privilege
Chapter 3 – A Client Seeking Legal Advice
Chapter 4 – The Professional Legal Adviser Acting in a Professional Capacity (a.k.a. "the Lawyer")
Chapter 5 – Confidential Communications
Chapter 6 – The Client
Chapter 7 - Waiver
Chapter 8 - Overriding the Privilege: Exceptions
PART III – The Privilege in Context
Chapter 9 – The Privilege and Civil Litigation
Chapter 10 - The Privilege and Administrative Proceedings
Chapter 11 - The Privilege and the Corporation
Chapter 12 - The Privilege and Government