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Status of Privileged Communications Inadvertently Disclosed in Civil or Criminal Proceedings

Jeffrey Pinsler SC

(2021) 33 SAcLJ 959

The status of privileged communications that have been inadvertently disclosed has been a focal point of the law governing legal professional privilege in Singapore during the last decade. It will be shown how the common law, which has essentially stood still for well over a century, has been refined and developed by the Singapore courts even to the extent of adapting it to modern-day technology. Although some uncertainties remain, and there is complexity, the doctrine is now an evolving one.