The concept of legal professional privilege, or the ability for you as an individual to talk candidly with your advisor without fear that of recrimination, is under threat with the present draft of the Bill.
‘Legal professional privilege is a vital part of the administration of justice. It protects a client's fundamental right to be candid with their legal adviser without fear that someone is listening in. It does not pose a risk to legitimate investigations because it does not apply when a crime is suspected. In today's draft bill, the government had the opportunity to signal its intention to give appropriate protection to the client-lawyer relationships that a civilised society depends on.‘We hope that they will reconsider and take the opportunity to safeguard what is widely recognised as a fundamental right.’The Law Society and Bar Council are jointly campaigning for statutory protection for legal professional privilege.