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07 June 2013  

Martin Meredith analyses a recent ECJ decision on the role of in-house lawyers

The decision of Prezes Urzedu Komunikacji Elekronicnej & Republic of Poland v European Commission [2012], recently handed down by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), closes another door on the role in-house lawyers occupy within the ECJ’s jurisdiction. A little over two years ago the ECJ put legal professional privilege under the microscope. Now the subject of representation, in the context of Article 19 of the Statute of the Court of Justice, has been critically scrutinised by the ECJ.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Akzo Nobel Chemicals & Akcros Chemicals v European Commission & ors [2010] EUECJ C-550/07

    Alfred Crompton Amusement Machines Ltd v Custom & Excise Commissioners [1972] 2 QB 102

    AM & S Europe Ltd v Commission of the European Communities [1983] QB 878

    European Renewable Energies Federation v European Commission [2010] EUECJ C-75/10 P

    Prezes Urzedu Komunikacji Elekronicnej & Republic of Poland v Commission [2011] C-422/11 P and C-423/11P

    Prezes Urzedu Komunikacji Elekronicnej & Republic of Poland v Commission [2012] EUECJ C-422/11

    R v Campbell [1999] 1 SCR 565

    Rich v Harrington [2007] FCA 1987

    Upjohn Co v United States [1981] USSC 7

    Vance v Air Marshal McCormack as Chief of the Air Force & anor [2004] ACTSC 78

    Waterford v The Commonwealth (1987) 163 CLR 54