In early June, ACC and its Europe Chapter responded to a public consultation on proposed changes to the Swiss Code of Civil Procedure. In its letter, ACC supported a provision that would grant legal professional privilege (LPP) to in-house counsel with respect to civil matters in Switzerland by limiting the duty of in-house counsel to cooperate in evidentiary proceedings. Allowing LPP for in-house attorneys will remove burdens Swiss businesses face when engaging in international litigation and provide a more level playing field with businesses in jurisdictions where LPP is respected for in-house counsel. Further, allowing privilege for communications with in-house counsel will promote stronger corporate compliance functions.
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Click here to view the letter in German.