Acting Against the Same Opponent in Similar Matters

Summary

This article examines the competing policy considerations involved where a lawyer acts for different clients against the same opponent in similar claims. With reference to Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and English cases, it suggests that the interests of client choice and the protection of an adversary’s confidentiality should be rebalanced in Singapore.

Keywords

Client choice; confidentiality; Bolkiah test; fiduciary relationship; settlement; injunction; disqualification

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