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The Law of Professional-Client Confidentiality 2e


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Part I 1: Introduction Part II 2: Misuse of Private Information 3: Contractual Confidence Claims 4: Breach of Confidence and Fiduciary Duty 5: Miscellaneous Causes of Action: Tort and Copyright 6: Actions Against Third Parties and Strangers 7: Judicial Remedies 8: Non-Judicial Remedies Part III 9: Disclosure Justified in the Public Interest 10: Disclosure of Confidential Information Compelled by Statute 11: Compelled Disclosure to Assist an Official Investigation 12: Disclosure Justified in the Administration of Justice Part IV 13: Consent 14: Lapsed Confidentiality Part V 15: Legal Professional Privilege 16: Data Protection and Freedom of Information 17: Open Justice, Privacy and Limiting the Use of Documents Disclosed in Litigation

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Rosemary Pattenden is Emeritus Professor of the School of Law at the University of East Anglia. Duncan Sheehan is Professor of Business Law at the University of Leeds.


`It makes for a comprehensive survey of confidentiality in all areas of professional engagement...The use of such a book is obvious and it achieves its aim admirably...The language of the book is crisp and concise. The introduction section on the justification and limits of use of personal confidential information are carefully considered and highly rewarding...The book as a whole is well researched and footnoted, and a very wide range of subject matter is systematically presented and cross-referenced...Helpfully for such a fast developing area of law, the book is accompanied by a web update from the author's University website. Overall, it is a highly useful book for all manner of professionals and a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any lawyer advising or representing them.' Jeremy Hyam (1 Crown Office Row), New Law Journal `... an excellent legal resource that succinctly and comprehensively explains the English law on confidentiality and information privacy. For lawyers with an interest in biotechnology R & D, it is as timely as it is learned.' Bio-Science Law Review `Rosemary Pattenden has finally carried out the huge task of writing, researching and publishing a legal analysis with sufficient scope to enable readers to address the special issues raised by biotech research and commercialisation.' Bio-Science Law Review `Given the striking diversity of law and legal development, one of the strongest selling points of Pattenden's book is that she has established a publicly accessible website through which updates are published.' Bio-Science Law Review `If this book doesn't tell sometimes perplexed practitioners all we need to know about this fundamental and difficult topic, it certainly goes a long way towards doing so.' Law Society Journal

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