In the last 5 years, the EEA has seen a major shift towards extending legal privilege and confidentiality rules to in-house counsel in direct opposition put forth by cases such as Akzo Nobel.
The case concerned an amended Directive that introduced an obligation to report any potentially aggressive tax-planning cross-border tax arrangements to the competent authorities.
The General Court of the European Court of Justice recently clarified the definition of independence in the legal profession and demonstrated how the viewpoint has evolved since the AM&S and Akzo Nobel decisions.
“The fact that a worker consented to the establishment of successive fixed-term employment relationships does not deprive him or her from the protection granted by the Framework Agreement on fixed-term work”
The decision obliges Member States to make daily recordings of employees’ working times mandatory
The ruling strengthens the right of qualified lawyers to practice in other EU countries, without having special requirements imposed upon them.