Journal article

Lawyers, Confidentiality and Whistleblowing: Lessons from the McCabe Tobacco Litigation

Christine Parker, Suzanne Le Mire, Anita Mackay

Melbourne University Law Review | Melbourne University, Law Review Association | Published : 2017


In 2006, Christopher Dale leaked information about Clayton Utz’s internal investigation into the events surrounding the destruction of documents that would have been relevant and damaging to their client, British American Tobacco, in the 2002 McCabe litigation. This article uses this case study to examine whether lawyers can and should act as whistleblowers against colleagues and clients who abuse the administration of justice. We argue that although lawyers must have strong obligations of confidentiality to clients and others, their role as gatekeepers of justice also demands that they be allowed to blow the whistle when they have information about clients or other lawyers using legal servi..

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