Litigation Privilege Removed In High Profile Banking Case Latest Judgment Highlights Complexities Surrounding Fraud / Iniquity Exception 04.09.2014 David Shirt, Press Officer | 0161 838 3094 A recent judgment in The High Court has held that litigation privilege is removed when a client seeks advice from lawyers which is designed to deliberately assist a strategy of concealment and deceit. In the high profile case of JSC Bank v Ablyazon and others  EWHC 2788, The Hon. Mr Justice Popplewell said that the fraud/iniquity exception applied in this case as it appeared that the client was seeking advice in order protect his assets through deception. Litigation privilege essentially protects confidential communications between a lawyer and their client and a third party. However, the fraud / iniquity exception means that this privilege is lost if a solicitor is consulted with in order to further aid a crime, fraud or other equivalent conduct. It applies even if the lawyer is unaware of the client’s intention, as was the situation in this case. Mark Elder, Commercial Litigation Partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: Press contact David Shirt BLS PR Manager 0161 838 3094 Email David Tags Commercial Litigation Mark Elder Birmingham Related articles 15.02.2017Cocoon Aims To Secure £2.5m For Latest Expansion Drive 14.02.2017Serious Fraud Office - The Big Funding Debate 14.02.2017Inflation Rises As UK Feels Effect Of Weak Pound Post-Brexit Vote 10.02.2017Today's Court Of Appeal Ruling To Have Impact on Uber And Other Firms In 'The Gig Economy' 09.02.2017Court Of Appeal Employment Ruling To Have Impact on 'Gig Economy'