Dutch court rules on legal privilege for in-house lawyers

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On January 28, 2021, the Rotterdam District Court handed down judgment in an appeal brought by Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) against an October 2019 magistrate ruling regarding the scope of legal professional privilege (LPP) over legal advice given by Shell’s inhouse lawyers. The judgment is a welcome clarification of the rules of LPP as they apply to inhouse lawyers in the Netherlands and elsewhere.