All communications between a lawyer and his client relating to a transaction in which the lawyer has been instructed for the purpose of obtaining legal advice are protected from disclosure by legal professional privilege [Three Rivers District Council and others v the Bank of England  UKHL 48 at 111].
It would appear that the lawyer-client privilege is constantly in the line of fire nowadays.
Is this really in the interest of the public?
Now the SFO director is targeting lawyers over legal professional privilege. Companies, he says, are obstructing investigations by hiding behind the privilege of communications with their lawyers. It will not be long before he goes to court with a test case.