For the Public
Clients can feel secure that all information provided to their
lawyer will be held secret and confidential. Lawyers provide
effective service to a client when there is full and open
communication. Solicitor-client privilege is the cornerstone of a
client's relationship with a lawyer.
The Ethical rule in Rule 2.03 of the Code of Professional
Conduct requires a lawyer to "hold in strict confidence all
information concerning the business and affairs of the client
acquired in the course of the professional relationship … unless
expressly or impliedly authorized by the client, required by law or
a court to do so, required to deliver to the information to the Law
Society, or otherwise permitted by this rule." A breach of this
rule could result in an investigation by the Law Society. Please
see the Code for exceptions.