John Laskin Emphasizes "fundamental importance of solicitor-client privilege" in Lawyers Weekly

September 08, 2015

In an article surveying the Supreme Court of Canada’s upcoming appeals, Lawyers Weekly reports on two that concern the interpretation of “solicitor-client privilege” within the Income Tax Act (ITA). Canada’s legal community and regulatory bodies alike are following these appeals with particular interest as they will address the authority of solicitor-client privilege. Torys litigation partner John Laskin, who is counsel to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) for one of the cases, provided his perspective on the significance of these appeals. Below is an excerpt of the article:

"Overall what’s at stake in these two appeals is really whether the ITA is going to trump solicitor-client privilege,” says the FLSC’s lead counsel, John B. Laskin of Toronto’s Torys LLP. “What we’re hoping to see is a continued recognition of the fundamental importance of solicitor-client privilege to the administration of justice, and the sweeping away of provisions that provide for privilege to be breached in circumstances where the client doesn’t even get an opportunity to address the protection of that privileged information."

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