Bolton v Liverpool Corporation: HL 1833

The defendant sought to inspect the plaintiff’s instructions to his counsel, though not of the advice which counsel gave.
Held: The application was refused. Lord Brougham said: ‘It seems plain, that the course of justice must stop if such a right exists. No man will dare to consult a professional adviser with a view to his defence or to the enforcement of his rights.’


Lord Brougham LC


(1833) 1 My and K 88, [1833] EngR 409, (1833) 39 ER 614




England and Wales


Appeal fromBolton v The Corporation of Liverpool 1833
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See AlsoBolton v Corporation of Liverpool 1833
A party has a right to the production of such deeds only as either sustain his own title exclusively, or sustain it jointly with that of his adversary. A party is not compellable to produce, for the purposes of an action or suit, cases laid before . .

Cited by:

CitedB and Others Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet and Co v Auckland District Law Society, Gary J Judd PC 19-May-2003
(New Zealand) Solicitors resisted requests to disclose papers in breach of legal professional privilege from their professional body investigating allegations of professional misconduct against them.
Held: The appeal was allowed. The . .
CitedThree Rivers District Council and others v Governor and Company of the Bank of England (No 6) HL 11-Nov-2004
The Bank anticipated criticism in an ad hoc enquiry which was called to investigate its handling of a matter involving the claimant. The claimant sought disclosure of the documents created when the solicitors advised employees of the Bank in . .
CitedPrudential Plc and Another, Regina (on the Application of) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax and Another Admn 14-Oct-2009
The company had obtained legal advice but had taken it from their accountants. The Revenue sought its disclosure, and the company said that as legal advice it was protected by legal professional privilege.
Held: The material was not protected. . .
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Legal Professions, Litigation Practice

Updated: 16 May 2022; Ref: scu.182241