Queensland Law Society

To Cc or Bcc, that is the question – email, etiquette and ethics

Email is convenient, quick and easy to get wrong from an ethical perspective. 

Ease and informality means we may spend less time thinking about where to address brief emails than we should. It takes no effort to “Cc” another recipient to ensure that they are kept “in the loop”. 

But should we? Solicitors who would not consider it appropriate to ring an opposing client have no problem “Cc’ing” them in an email. Is it appropriate to “Cc” or “Bcc” our own client on outgoing correspondence? Are there reasons not to do this? All these questions and more answered.