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Hardy litigators are more than used to having to be patient with the Law Lords. They are also accustomed to feeling let down. The lengthy court battle to lift the legal world’s consternation over the status of legal advice privilege finally concluded last month. But the finale was in the end a bit of a damp squib. In-house lawyers in particular were left feeling rather equivocal about the ruling – ‘a curate’s egg’ was the description that many thought fitting.

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