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Right to see letters.

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:30 pm

If (A) writes to (B) on behalf of (C) in their professional capacity, does C have any right to see the letter, or does A have the right to expect confidentiality?
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Re: Right to see letters.

Postby atticus » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:42 pm

My client has the right to see my file. This is subject to some qualifications, such as that my fees have been paid.
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Re: Right to see letters.

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:51 pm

atticus wrote:My client has the right to see my file.

Is that rule generally applicable?
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Re: Right to see letters.

Postby atticus » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:54 pm

I think so. Rules relating to agent and principal probably apply.

Or there may be express terms in any contract by which one person engaged the other.
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Re: Right to see letters.

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:56 pm

C has asked B for a copy of the letter. We were curious as to whether there would be any problem for them to provide it.
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Re: Right to see letters.

Postby atticus » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:06 pm

Ah. I answered on basis C was asking A, C having written on A's behalf.

I do not see that C has an entitlement to be provided a copy by B.
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Re: Right to see letters.

Postby atticus » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:12 pm

Said A to B, I don't like C
his manners are alack.
All I ever see of C
Is his semi-circular back.

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Re: Right to see letters.

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:15 pm

atticus wrote:Ah. I answered on basis C was asking A, C having written on A's behalf.

Yes, I had seen that and I thank you for your answer: it is helpful.

I do not see that C has an entitlement to be provided a copy by B.


No, no entitlement. My thought was that they may wish to be helpful, but be bound by confidentiality.
However there would be little purpose to that confidentiality if C has a enforceable right to get the letter off A.
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Re: Right to see letters.

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:20 pm

atticus wrote:Said A to B, I don't like C...


Yes, it is something like that. C would like to know what was said, in order to confront A about it...
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Re: Right to see letters.

Postby dls » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:40 pm

I got lost in the lettering. Who sent the letter
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