On 17 September 2007, the Court of First Instance confirmed in its judgement in Akzo Nobel that communications between in-house counsel and the internal clients are not legally privileged in relation to European Commission competition investigations. However, at the same time the CFI provided greater detail as to the procedure that Commission officials should follow if a dispute as to privilege arises during an on-site investigation, as well as some useful guidance as to what, in its view, constitutes legally privileged communications.