Should lawyers in the same firm have access to each others emails?

Discussion in 'Email Discussions' started by popowich, Jun 8, 2015.

  1. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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    I recently asked a lawyer if they should have access to each others email within the firm.

    I also asked if it matters if it's the owner/partner that needs the access, and if the situation matters such as day to day business vs. one of the lawyers "getting hit by a bus".

    What about an I.T. guy that might have access to their email username and password?

    This was their response:

    It's completely dependent upon the ethics rules governing these communications and the requirements of the malpractice carrier.

    Having said that, I would hope there was a written policy that all firm emails accounts are firm property and are subject to monitoring subject to client confidentiality, ethics and Chinese walls.

    A Chinese wall is when a partner must be kept from access to certain case files to avoid a conflict of interest.

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