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Are Draft Agreements Privileged

These principles underscore the need for the lawyer to be aware of the role he or she plays – privilege may exist that one conversation discolors the legal counsel`s hat and disappears into the other where business advice is sought. In order to ensure that privilege is preserved, the lawyer should try to protect roles from overlap by offering separate legal and business advice where possible, clarifying when legal advice is provided, and ensuring that the client understands that simply passing confidential information to the lawyer does not deprive them. If the customer needs a contract that needs to be subject to a business audit (e.g.B. financial analysis) as well as legal implications, you recommend that the client send separate emails to the finance team and the legal team, instead of sending a general verification request to all of them in a single email. The more explicit the request and the provision of legal advice, the easier it will be to assert the privilege. The courts have had no difficulty in reaching a consensus that solicitor privilege continues to protect privileged communications during the period of employment, even after the end of the employment relationship. A federal district court recently established whether e-mail communications between lawyers and non-lawyer colleagues remain privileged. Simply copying lawyers in emails, the court argued, does not protect confidentiality, and due diligence is necessary if lawyers` privileges in email messages are preserved. To be privileged, communications must also be reasonably considered confidential.

This means that the communication must not be passed on to third parties. However, in the case of a client company, the lawyer`s interviews with an employee can usually be shared with other non-lawyer employees if information is obtained on the lawyer`s instructions or if the lawyer`s legal advice is conveyed. Claims by one party that communications must be confidential will not satisfy the burden; the court will review the circumstances to determine intent. Indeed, some courts believe that if a version of the document is to be shared with a third party, these communications as well as all underlying documents (including drafts and lawyers` notes containing material necessary for the drafting of the document) will be detectable.