As a law firm we are professionally prevented from providing any third party with information related to our clients’ matters. This is a requirement of our profession.
We can, however, confirm that the Hawks arrived at our Johannesburg office on 01 June 2018 with a warrant to seize documents related to a client involved in ongoing commercial litigation.
We are reviewing the lawfulness of the warrant and its execution by the Hawks on various grounds, including legal privilege. We ensured that the documents and information taken were sealed and will be kept by an independent third party, nominated by us, pending the outcome of an application to the High Court. We will ensure that our client's rights are protected and that legal privilege, which is a key principle to our profession, is upheld