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Wednesday, 13 May 1981
Page: 2323


Mr SPENDER(5.31) —First of all, lawyers are always a convenient target for attack. But let us put that to one side. Secondly, it is very important that we should remember that the rights which are being protected are the rights of a person to obtain advice. When one looks at clause 16 one sees that there is protection against privileged communications. These are communications which fall within a very narrow compass such as communications made for the purposes of obtaining legal advice to assist, for example, in a case which is coming up or which has been brought against one. Because of the narrowness of the protection, it has to be bona fide legal advice which has been sought, a privileged communication, within the narrow compass that the law has laid down, but an exceedingly necessary compass because we should all be entitled to obtain legal advice; and that includes companies and even company directors.