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Article: Who is a Quasi Client?

TitleWho is a Quasi Client?
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/
Citation
Hong Kong Law Journal, 2013, v. 43 , p. 869-895 How to Cite?
AbstractIn the nineteenth century case of Taylor v Blacklow, Gaselee J stated that ‘the first duty of an attorney is to keep the secrets of his client’. That duty of confidentiality has been reiterated by the courts in hundreds of cases throughout the common law world in the years since Taylor v Blacklow was decided. Yet, how does the duty arise? Is it dependent upon a formal retainer? Is it owed to those who have not even retained a solicitor’s services? If so, how and when? Is there any substantive difference between true clients and so-called quasi clients for the purposes of confidentiality? The Hong Kong Court of Appeal considered these issues in Allan v Ng Co (a firm). The implications of its conclusions are far from encouraging.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/194993
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.215
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.101

 

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dc.contributor.authorMeggitt, Gen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-21T06:44:56Z-
dc.date.available2014-02-21T06:44:56Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Law Journal, 2013, v. 43 , p. 869-895en_US
dc.identifier.issn0378-0600-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/194993-
dc.description.abstractIn the nineteenth century case of Taylor v Blacklow, Gaselee J stated that ‘the first duty of an attorney is to keep the secrets of his client’. That duty of confidentiality has been reiterated by the courts in hundreds of cases throughout the common law world in the years since Taylor v Blacklow was decided. Yet, how does the duty arise? Is it dependent upon a formal retainer? Is it owed to those who have not even retained a solicitor’s services? If so, how and when? Is there any substantive difference between true clients and so-called quasi clients for the purposes of confidentiality? The Hong Kong Court of Appeal considered these issues in Allan v Ng Co (a firm). The implications of its conclusions are far from encouraging.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/-
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Law Journalen_US
dc.titleWho is a Quasi Client?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailMeggitt, G: garym@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityMeggitt, G=rp01284en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros228094en_US
dc.identifier.volume43-
dc.identifier.spage869en_US
dc.identifier.epage895en_US
dc.publisher.placeHong Kong-

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