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445.F1(1 )F2 Nothing in Articles 424 to 439 requires the disclosure to the Department or to an inspector appointed by the Department—

(a)by any person of information which he would in an action in the High Court be entitled to refuse to disclose on grounds of legal professional privilege except, if he is a lawyer, the name and address of his client,

Sub-para. (b) rep. by 1990 NI 10

[F3(1A )F2 Nothing in Article 427, 436 or 439 requires a person (except as mentioned in paragraph (1B)) to disclose information or produce documents in respect of which he owes an obligation of confidence by virtue of carrying on the business of banking unless—

(a)the person to whom the obligation of confidence is owed is the company or other body corporate under investigation,

(b)the person to whom the obligation of confidence is owed consents to the disclosure or production, or

(c)the making of the requirement is authorised by the Department.

(1B) Paragraph (1A) does not apply where the person owing the obligation of confidence is the company or other body corporate under investigation under Article 424, 425 or 426.]

F1(2) Nothing in Articles 440 to 444 compels the production by any person of a document which he would in an action in the High Court be entitled to refuse on grounds of legal[F4 professional] privilege, or authorises the taking of possession of any such document which is in the person's possession.

F1(3) The Department shall not under Article 440 require, or authorise an officer of the Department[F3 or other person] to require, the production by a person carrying on the business of banking of a document relating to the affairs of a customer of his unless either it appears to the Department that it is necessary to do so for the purpose of investigating the affairs of the first-mentioned person[F5 or the customer is—]

[F5(a)a person on whom a requirement has been imposed under that Article, or

(b)an authorised insurance company on whom a requirement to produce information or documents has been imposed by or on behalf of the Secretary of State under Part XI of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.]

F1prosp. subst. by 2005 NI 17

F2mod. by SR 2004/307

F5SI 2001/3649

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