0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

in house lawyers have had a difficult time of it before the European courts recently

20 December 2012

First there was ECJ decision in Akzo Nobel suggesting that advice from in house counsel on competition issues would not be subject to legal advice privilege (creating a practical problem for in house lawyers advising their employer on competition issues).

Then in May the first instance court of the European Union took the view that in house counsel should not be able to plead proceedings before it - a judgement that was appealed in August.

Last week The Law Society published its letter to Ken Clarke, urging him to intervene in the appeal - but could an intervention really prevent the erosion of the in house lawyer's role before the European Courts, now that Akzo Nobel has set a precedent? Should the appeal fail its likely to have profound consequences for in house lawyers.

related opinions

Vegetarianism is not a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010

In its Judgment earlier this month, the Tribunal considered whether vegetarianism is capable of being a philosophical belief capable of protection under the Equality Act 2010.

View blog

Compulsory drone registration goes live on 1 October 2019

As part of the continued tightening of the restrictions on drone use within UK airspace, the latest amendments to the Air Navigation Order 2016 come into force on 30 November 2019.

View blog

IR35 changes - six months and counting...

In his 2018 Autumn Budget, the then Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, announced a significant change to the way liability for IR35 breaches will be dealt with for private sector companies from April 2020.

View blog

Marriott International: a look behind the ICO’s £99m fine and what this means for corporate acquisitions

Last month, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced notice of its intention to fine (NOI) Marriott International, Inc. £99m for infringements of the GDPR.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up