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Maria Rocha Barros

Maria Barros, Advocacy Chair  

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Javier Ramirez, Head of Advocacy   

Since 2014 ACC Europe’s Advocacy Working Group has been engaged in and monitoring European and national advocacy activities that affect the profession of in-house counsel.  

The Group has worked at EU level as well as national level, participating in legislative and other initiatives or proceedings run by the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and/or national governments and parliaments that impact in-house lawyers, including but not limited to legal professional privilege, bar membership, standing to represent their companies and preservation of professional secrecy in judicial proceedings and other issues that may impact the way our members fulfil their roles as in-house counsels. 

Where relevant, the Advocacy Group enjoys collaboration with other European and national organisations working on similar issues and regularly organizes and/or participates in roundtables and seminars to discuss topics of interest for the profession of in-house counsel.  The Group always welcomes hearing members suggestions about developments that should be considered for monitoring or commenting on.

Privileged Conversations: Lack of In-house Privilege Hurts Business Competition in France / Le manque de legal privilege nuit à la concurrence des entreprises françaises | ACC Docket 30 March 2022 

Legal Professional Privilege for In-house Lawyers: An Essential Facilitator of Compliance and Business Competitiveness (by Javier Ramírez Iglesias, published at Iberian Lawyer no. 109 (Spain and Portugal) November 2021

Legal Privilege and Antitrust in the EU and the US: What's new? 16 September 2021 Concurrences and McDermott Will & Emery

Privileged Conversations: Netherlands Court Affirms In-house Privilege | ACC Docket 10 May 2021

Privileged Conversations: Spain Affirms Legal Privilege for In-house Counsel / España afirma el secreto profesional para los abogados de empresa | ACC Docket 29 April 2021

Legal Privilege and Antitrust in the EU and the US: What's new under the sky? 20 November 2020 Concurrences and McDermott Will & Emery. 



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