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Legal Ethics

Legal Ethics (2nd edn)

Jonathan Herring
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date: 18 July 2024

p. 1505. Confidentialitylocked

p. 1505. Confidentialitylocked

  • Jonathan HerringJonathan HerringProfessor in Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford


This chapter discusses the principle of confidentiality. It explains the protection of lawyer-client communications and it discusses professional guidance on confidentiality. It goes on to examine the rule of legal professional privilege and the circumstances in which lawyers have a duty to disclose. The chapter discusses when a lawyer is permitted to breach confidence. In doing so, it looks at the broader ethical foundation for the duty of confidence.

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