UCL Faculty of Laws


Lord Neuberger's UCL talk referenced in the Independent

6 December 2018

The former President of the Supreme Court spoke at UCL Faculty of Laws on the topic of 'legal professional privilege'.

Lord Neuberger

The Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, at a talk at the UCL Faculty of Laws on 14th November, spoke about the risks of allowing the state to claim privilege against its people, according to an opinion piece in the Independent.

Lord Neuberger's position comes at a time when legal professional privilege, or the right of a party to keep legal advice it has received confidential, is under debate in the context of calls for the government to disclose legal advice it has received regarding the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

The UCL talk comprised a conversation between Lord Neuberger and Professor Stephen Mayson, Honorary Professor and member of the Centre for Ethics and Law at UCL.

The talk explored whether a narrow definition of the term 'legal adviser', to include only qualified lawyers, is at odds with the structure for authorisation to practice reserved legal activities under the Legal Services Act 2007.

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