AG Opinion in AKZO Denies Legal Privilege Protections to In-house EU Clients

Posted: Apr 29, 2010
Advocate General Juliane Kokott of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued an opinion that the Court in Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd v. EU (Case-550/07) should hold that legal professional privilege does not apply to communications with in-house lawyers. The AG’s opinion is based on her belief that internal communications with in-house lawyers do not enjoy the fundamental protection afforded in the EU to communications between an independent lawyer and his or her client.  The opinion thus holds that in-house lawyers are not capable of independent judgment under EU professional standards. For more information, including ACC's "takeaways" from this recent opinion, visit In-house ACCess.  To access the opinion and release, visit

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