Establishes the core principles of legal professional privilege, including its rationale and the nature of the right Examines all aspects of the law of privilege including what constitutes privilege, situations where privilege occurs, the boundaries of privilege and practical examples of what is and is not covered by privilege Takes a practical approach, guiding through the core principles and areas of complexity Sets out how to claim to privilege Looks at the many and complex circumstances in which loss of privilege can occur Takes into account the without prejudice privilege and how it differs from legal professional privilege Looks at advice privilege in relation to client-lawyer relationship, confidential communications and third party communications Discusses litigation privilege in relation to legal proceedings, expert witnesses, witness statements, and criminal proceedings Addresses the general principles underlying the `crime-fraud exception'', how it applies in both civil and criminal proceedings and the grounds on which it can be invoked Deals with the consequences where the subject matter of a privileged communication is one in which two or more persons can establish a joint or common interest Analyses the many key judgments which have established the principles of privilege Provides a comparative law analyses Offers full coverage of extensive new case law Includes enhanced coverage of international cases