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Total fees paid to lawyers working for Quebec public bodies not always privileged information: Appeal Court

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 7:24 AM | By Luis Millan

The total amount of professional billings paid to lawyers working on behalf of public bodies is not necessarily automatically protected by solicitor-client privilege, the Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled.

Pierre Trudel, former director of Université de Montréal’s Public Law Research CentreIn what is described as a precedent-setting ruling, the appellate court decision provides much-needed guidance, and strikes a delicate balance between professional secrecy and public access to documents, according to legal experts.

“The importance of this lies with the distinction the Quebec Appeal Court makes...