The Law of Professional-Client Confidentiality 2e

The Law of Professional-Client Confidentiality 2e

by Rosemary Pattenden, Duncan Sheehan

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This book examines the disclosure and withholding of all forms of confidential information handled by professionals. Fully revised and updated, the new edition examines the numerous recent developments in the law, particularly following revelations by the media of the interception of professional confidences by phone hacking and other means. Its primary focus is on the law of England and Wales, but it includes insights from the secondary literature and case law of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland. This allows it to predict how English courts may fill gaps in the law, and makes it a useful resource for practitioners in other common law jurisdictions.

The book begins with a discussion of the basic principles of confidentiality, including types of confidential information, confidentiality obligations, disclosures, and confidentiality obligation. Part I examines the legal instruments for the enforcement of confidentiality, including contractual obligations, tort of misuse of private information, equitable wrongs, actions against third parties, civil remedies and criminal offences, and remedies beyond the courts. Part II discusses justified disclosure, including those relating to public interest, official investigations, administration of justice, consent and waiver, and lapsed confidentiality. Part III analyses the grounds for justified non-disclosure, including legal professional privilege, public interest immunity, contractual or equitable obligations, data protection and freedom of information, privacy protection, and non-disclosure to client. Finally, Part IV discusses limiting the extent of a lawful disclosure, dealing with circulation restrictions, public reporting, anonymity, court attendance restrictions, and collateral use.

This is an essential reference for those advising either the professional or the individual client on issues relating to the disclosure of confidential personal information.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199669516
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 840
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Rosemary Pattenden, Emeritus Professor, School of Law, University of East Anglia,Duncan Sheehan, Professor of Law, University of East Anglia

Rosemary Pattenden is Emeritus Professor of the School of Law at the University of East Anglia.

Duncan Sheehan is Professor of Commercial Law at the University of East Anglia.

Table of Contents

Part I
1. Introduction
Part II
2. Misuse of Private Information
3. Contractual Confidence Claims
4. Breach of Confidence and Fiduciary Duty
5. Miscellaneous Causes of Action: Tort and Copyright
6. Actions Against Third Parties and Strangers
7. Judicial Remedies
8. Non-Judicial Remedies
Part III
9. Disclosure Justified in the Public Interest
10. Disclosure of Confidential Information Compelled by Statute
11. Compelled Disclosure to Assist an Official Investigation
12. Disclosure Justified in the Administration of Justice
Part IV
13. Consent
14. Lapsed Confidentiality
Part V
15. Legal Professional Privilege
16. Data Protection and Freedom of Information
17. Open Justice, Privacy and Limiting the Use of Documents Disclosed in Litigation

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