Attorney-Client privilege is a fundamental right that protects the confidentiality of sensitive communications between a lawyer and a client made for the purpose of providing or obtaining legal advice.
The purpose of the privilege is to allow clients to provide the necessary facts to their lawyers so that the lawyers can guide the clients accordingly and solve disputes amicably. The attorney-client privilege protects:
- The client request for legal assistance
- The facts disclosed to a lawyer on issues about which legal advice is being sought
- The Attorney’s request for facts on which legal advice is being sought
- The attorney’s legal advice
It protects any mode of communication including electronic communications, oral communications, written communications, client’s actions, and even physical gestures such as nods.