McInnes Cooper in Taxnet Pro™ | : Supreme Court of Canada Says Privilege Wins Again - Twice in Lizotte v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada & Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. University of Calgary
December 10, 2016
On November 25, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada decided privilege wins again. In two separate decisions, the Court declared litigation privilege and solicitor-client privilege the winner over competing statutory disclosure obligations. The decisions reconfirmed solicitor‑client and litigation privilege are distinct and distinguishable from one another, but also confirmed both are equally fundamental to the proper functioning of the Canadian legal system, and demonstrate the heights to which the Court will go to protect both in the face of statutory disclosure obligations.
In their article, David Fraser and Michelle Awad reveal what impact the decisions may have on regulatory bodies and their ability to access information in the course of their regulatory investigations. Read Supreme Court of Canada Says Privilege Wins Again – Twice in Lizotte v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada & Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. University of Calgary, as published by Thomson Reuters’ Corporate Tax Centre on Taxnet Pro™ on January 17, 2017 (PDF). If you have a subscription to Taxnet Pro™, you can read the article here. If you don’t have a subscription and want to see the subscription options, please go to http://www.gettaxnetpro.com/.
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