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Supreme Court of Canada rules, Individuality of tax clients solicitor-client restricted

Jun 07, 2016 - Legal Monitor Worldwide

Lawyers and notaries scored a big victory for solicitor-client privilege, as the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that legal professionals cannot be compelled by a provision in tax law to divulge their clients identities or any other privileged information.

The courts twin rulings, both unanimous, in Canada v. Thompson and Canada v. Chambre des notaires, finds that facts about clients, including their identities, fall under solicitor-client privilege; that the clients of notaries are also aff...