Sharing Excerpts of a Confidential Letter

I have a legal issue right now that's long and complicated, but I'll summarise it as follows:

My business has a legal dispute with a supplier which involves several other subcontractors of this supplier. This supplier has emailed me saying that my complaint is with his subcontractors, not him - but that he is more than willing to provide evidence to help in my complaint. He stated this in a letter marked "private and confidential" but also "open".

It would be very helpful for me if I could write a letter to his subcontractor, quoting my supplier in his letter saying he's willing to supply evidence against the subcontractor in question.

Is it legal to do this, given that the supplier has marked his letter as private and confidential. As far as I can tell, the fact that it's "open" means a judge can see it, but it's not an "open letter" in the normal sense of the word, which would mean "public".

Any clarification would be appreciated.

Ask the supplier to provide

Ask the supplier to provide the evidence to assist (as he has offered). Then you can use that material.

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Thanks yes, I will do that,

Thanks yes, I will do that, although to be perfectly honest I don't think he's 100% sincere in his offer, in that he'll collude with the subcontractor as long as is useful for him, then "provide evidence" once he feels he's in the clear. What would be useful is if we could tell his subcontractor that he's going to be grassed up by the main supplier, as currently the subcontractor is busy helping the main supplier build a case against us - which I would like to stop if possible.

Would simply telling (not necessarily quoting directly) the subcontractor that we've been offered support from Supplier in terms of evidence against SubContractor be against the rules? Unfortunately I suspect yes, but any way we can share the information would be helpful.

Cheers

"Would simply telling (not

"Would simply telling (not necessarily quoting directly) the subcontractor that we've been offered support from Supplier in terms of evidence against SubContractor be against the rules? "

No. But what if your bluff is called and the supplier does not deliver?

Profile: solicitor for 30 + years dealing mainly in commercial transactional and dispute work, but with a broad range of experience - insolvency, environmental, employment and more. NB you are reminded of this forum's terms and conditions - the exclusion of liability applies to all replies you are given. What I say should not be relied on as legal advice

This supplier is a sneaky

This supplier is a sneaky one. I don't think he'd deliver either way. So I can paraphrase his confidential letter and that's ok. Just double checking that copy and pasting a sentence is not ok?

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