CIRCUMSTANCES A LAWYER CAN GIVE AWAY CLIENT’S INFORMATION WITHOUT CONSENT. DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 304) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)
Ordinarily, a lawyer cannot give away information obtained from a client because such was obtained under professional privilege and the lawyer owes duty to the client not to reveal such communication.
There are circumstances that a lawyer may reveal such communication without breaching his duty to client and there are;
1. Where such communication is for an illegal purpose or crime committed
2. Where such communication is permitted by Rules of Professional Conduct or law or court order
3. Where such communication is necessary for a lawyer to establish/collect his fees or
4. Where such communication is necessary for a lawyer to defend himself, employees or associates against accusation of wrongful conduct.
My authorities are sections 192(1) and 259 of the Evidence Act, 2011 as well as Rules 19(3) and 57 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners, 2007.
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