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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ACC Sends Condolences in Wake of Paris Tragedy

On behalf of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), board of directors, staff and entire ACC community, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims and families of the tragic events in Paris.

Paris is the home of many of our chapter leaders, members, country representatives, sponsors and the in-house community at large. We share in the grief and sadness of those that have lost loved ones or suffered physically or emotionally.

At this time we are not aware of anyone from the ACC network of families and friends that have been injured or lost. Our hearts go out to our colleagues and friends and family of loved ones in Paris. We pray for your safety and security.

– Veta T. Richardson, ACC President & CEO Continue