1. A solicitor owes an obligation of client confidentiality to a client who puts the solicitor in the position of knowledge of their affairs. This means that if you disclose a matter of potentially criminal significance to the solicitor and ask the solicitor to keep quiet about it, or for the purposes of advice, the solicitor cannot disclose these facts to a third party. So, you are protected from disclosure of the facts or knowledge by the solicitor's obligation of client confidentiality.
2. The only exception to this rule is where you are involved in fraud and the information you conveyed to the solicitor is being used to perpetrate a fraud upon someone. In those circumstances, the solicitor cannot stand bye and allow the client to commit the fraud. However, this is the only exception to the rule of client confidentiality.
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