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Documents disclosed to Counsel by mistake

Purpose: To draw barristers' attention to issues relating to this topic
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Ethics Committee
Last reviewed: 01/09/2018
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

It sometimes happens that confidential documents are sent to an opposing barrister by mistake. If you realise that you have received such documents by mistake you should not read them (or not read them any further) and should return them.


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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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