The tax authorities opposed to the strengthening of lawyers’ secrecy

In the event of searches, correspondence with a customer can no longer be seized in the future.

Laptops left at the reception of offices, exchanges with clients sometimes written on a sheet of paper… Some lawyers do not skimp on precautions when dealing with tax files with important issues. “The discussion that a client has with a lawyer is a discussion with his legal conscience. This thread supposedly never existedexplains Jacques-Henry de Bourmont, associate lawyer at Jeantet. Today we have to be extremely careful.”

Excessive attitude or well-established reality, the situation is in any case sufficiently sensitive for the legislator to want to take it up, even if it means making certain public authorities, including the tax authorities, cringe. Indeed, during the examination last May of the bill for confidence in the judicial institution in the National Assembly, the deputies gave the green light to a controversial amendment, drafted by the National Bar Council (CNB ), which reinforces professional secrecy…

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