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Our Australian dispute resolution experts present LPP: The Legal Privilege Podcast, where we unpack the tricky concept of legal professional privilege (LPP) and apply some key principles to practical scenarios. 

This podcast is part of our Legal Professional Privilege in Australia series where our regulatory and disputes specialists have developed a suite of resources to provide practical guidance on common questions and scenarios when dealing with LPP in Australia.


Latest episode

EP6: Privilege war stories

Elizabeth Macknay, Cameron Hanson and Andrew Eastwood

Everyone loves a war story! Our privilege experts share their practical experiences advising organisations on some thorny privilege issues, including what can happen when you try to “cloak” documents in privilege by involving internal legal, trying to claim privilege over an investigation report, and maintaining (or in this war story, potentially risking) common interest privilege.


EP5: Privilege pitfalls in day-to-day internal and external communications

Graeme JohnsonKate Cahill and Eunice Park

This episode examines how legal professional privilege can be maintained in both internal and external communications, looks at some common privilege pitfalls and provides some practical tips on how these can be avoided.


EP4: Common interest privilege, joint privilege & limited waiver

Tania GrayMark Pavli, and Leah Serafim

Our legal professional privilege experts provide a refresher on common interest privilege, joint privilege and limited waiver, including differences between these concepts and when they might arise. We also discuss how you might look to protect privilege in different scenarios, by applying these concepts to a whistleblower case study. 


EP3: Disclosure and waiver in investigations 

Bryony Adams, Harry Edwards, Hugh Paynter and Patrick Clark

As our hypothetical whistleblower investigation draws to a close, we discuss how to maintain privilege in materials created as part of an investigation both during and after the investigation has concluded, including where regulators or other third parties may seek access. We also explore the tricky area of disclosure and our experts provide insights into the approaches to privilege claims by ASIC, APRA, the ATO and the ACCC.


EP2: Preserving privilege throughout an investigation

Andrew EastwoodKate Meikle and Danielle Briers

What types of activities and documents created in an investigation might attract a claim for legal professional privilege? We revisit our hypothetical whistleblower investigation and discuss the steps recommended to preserve privilege during an investigation, including in the context of Board reports.


EP1: Establishing the investigation

Christine Wong, Merryn Quayle and Brendan Donohue

In this episode, our experts provide a quick refresher on some of the key principles of legal professional privilege and discuss how these apply in the context of establishing an internal investigation through a hypothetical whistleblower investigation scenario.


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