The Law Society has issed a new practice note clarifying the status of legal professional privilege (LPP).

LPP protects communications between solicitors and their clients from disclosure, and is a cornerstone of the trusting relationship people expect when they share personal or commercial matters with a lawyer.

The practice note explores recent concerns about how the right has been asserted, providing a summary of practitioners’ duties and clarity on the main principles of LPP.

‘LPP is vital to a well-functioning justice system,’ said Law Society president Robert Bourns.

‘It gives clients the right to control how the information they reveal to their solicitor is used, and gives them the confidence to share the most intimate details of their personal and professional lives.’