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Confidence, Public Interest, and the Lawyer

Michael Brindle and Guy Dehn

in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198259312
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259312.003.0005
Confidence, Public Interest, and the Lawyer

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This chapter addresses the specific issue of confidentiality. It also discusses the general legal position as to the interrelation between the competing public interests, and then proceeds to consider the special legal position of the lawyer in connection with this controversy. It is believed that there are both special dangers and special opportunities which arise in this connection, some of which are explored. The legal advisers are dealt with as a class, but certain distinctions are made as to the position of a solicitor, a barrister and other forms of legal adviser.

Keywords: confidence; public interest; lawyer; confidentiality; legal position; solicitor; barrister; legal adviser

Chapter.  8069 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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