FT post on the Panama Papers: public interest disclosure v the right to private legal advice

6th April 2016

I have posted over at FT.com on the Panama Papers and whether their disclosure raises concerns about the right to private legal professional advice.  The post is here.

Here are a couple of excerpts:
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4 thoughts on “FT post on the Panama Papers: public interest disclosure v the right to private legal advice”

  1. I have a different way of looking at this.

    In our society surveillance is overwhelmingly targeted at those with the least power, whilst the opposite is true regarding the powerful. To consider an obvious example, witness how quickly politicians move to limit surveillance of their own activities.

    In terms of “natural justice” (if there is such a thing), many including me would feel that this situation should be reversed. The more power somebody has, the more influence they have, so the regulation and surveillance of those individuals should be the greater. After all, it’s exactly those people who have the greatest opportunity for harm. A prime minister should have 50 people looking over his literal shoulder scrutinising his every action.

    Look at it this way, and it seems reasonable to call for greater surveillance of the rich (and therefore powerful), while at the same time calling for less surveillance for the rest of us.

    1. Similarly…

      Should we apply a different legal standard to lawmakers?

      The “One Law For Them” Act: A defence of “there’s no law against it” is only available to accused persons who have no responsibility for making laws. For all others it is a mitigation at best.

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