Articles: Legal professional privilege

Jessie Yung Mei Chun v Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Ltd
HK District Court, 11-Feb-2015
Ms Yung's application for discovery of a report by the Office of the General Counsel of Merrill Lynch is refused on the grounds of legal professional privilege.
CITIC Pacific Ltd v Secretary for Justice & Commissioner of Police
HK Court of Appeal, 28-Mar-2012
CITIC Pacific (0267) wins its appeal to keep the Police from seeing certain documents that it gave to the SFC.
CITIC Pacific Ltd v Secretary for Justice & another
HK Court of First Instance, 18-Mar-2011
Jessie Yung Mei Chun v Privacy Commissioner
HK Administrative Appeals Board, 12-Jan-2011
In a majority AAB decision, Andrew Mak Yip Shing upholds Merrill Lynch's claim to legal professional privilege over a report relating to former employee Jessie Yung Mei Chun by its Office of General Counsel, and that it therefore does not have to be provided in response to her data access request. Simon Lam Ken Chung, in the minority, opines that the report does not seem to provide any legal advice or assistance and is therefore not protected just because it was written by a lawyer.

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