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Exploring the Law of Privilege: Principles, Applications, and Future Trends

September 27, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Seminar Overview        

Join us for a comprehensive seminar that navigates the landscape of privilege within our legal framework. Led by Katie Doherty, author of “The Law of Privilege in Canada,” and Steve Scruton, a partner at MacGillivray Injury & Insurance Law, this seminar offers a deep exploration of essential privilege concepts, their practical implications, landmark cases, recent developments, and the potential trajectory of privilege law.

This seminar will focus on the following three facets of privilege:

  • Litigation Privilege: Delve into the core principles of litigation privilege, its extent, and inherent limitations. Through the lens of leading cases, participants will grasp the interpretation and application of litigation privilege and its relevance in various legal proceedings.
  • Settlement Privilege: Uncover the intricacies of settlement privilege and its pivotal role in fostering effective dispute resolution. Participants will gain insights into the mechanics of settlement privilege during negotiations.
  • Solicitor-Client Privilege: Acquire an in-depth understanding of solicitor-client privilege, encompassing its foundational principles and nuanced exceptions. The integral role of solicitor-client privilege in upholding confidential communications between legal professionals and their clients will be dissected. Notably, recent legal developments that influence the application of solicitor-client privilege, particularly in the digital age, will be scrutinized.

This CPD seminar is thoughtfully tailored for legal professionals, including lawyers, paralegals, in-house counsel, and practitioners seeking to deepen their comprehension of privilege law. Whether you are an adept specialist or a newcomer to the field, this seminar promises invaluable insights and pragmatic knowledge applicable across diverse legal spheres.

Seminar Presenters

Katie Doherty

Katie Doherty is Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario). Her practice includes both trial and appellate work and she has prosecuted criminal offences at all levels of court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has an interest in the law of privilege as well as search and seizure issues in the digital age, including the search of electronic devices. She is a member of the Crown Law Office – Criminal search experts’ group and is coordinator of the Electronic Surveillance Unit for the Province of Ontario. She regularly advises police and crown counsel regarding search and seizure, privilege, as well as wiretap issues. She is the author of The Law of Privilege in Canada.

Steven Scruton

Steve Scruton is a Partner at MacGillivray Law whose practice primarily extends to personal injury and insurance litigation.  Before joining MacGillivray Law, Steve began his career at a large regional law firm, following which he helped open a legal office for one of the leading insurance companies in the market, serving as their in-house counsel for the jurisdiction. He has also been actively involved over the years in professional organizations like the Canadian Bar Association, serving in a variety of roles over the years, including President of the NL branch.  He teaches about disclosure of evidence in civil litigation at the Bar Admission course, where he tries to provide practical insights on the subject matter.

Registration Fee:   $172.50.00 ($150.00 + HST)    HST # R108086463

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CPD Credit:    3 hours


September 27, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador


3rd Floor, Law Society Building
196-198 Water Street
St. John’s, Canada
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