(1) Any person who-
(a) knows or has reasonable grounds to suspect that the Registrar is acting, or is proposing to act, in connection with an investigation which is being, or is about to be, conducted under or for the purposes of this Act or any subsidiary legislation made under this Act and discloses to any other person information or any other matter which is likely to prejudice that investigation or proposed investigation; or
(b) knows or has reasonable grounds to suspect that a disclosure Registrar under this Act and has been made to the discloses to any other person information or any other matter which is likely to prejudice any investigation which might be conducted following the disclosure, commits an offence.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) makes it an offence for an advocate and solicitor or his employee to disclose any information or other matter-
(a) to his client or the client's representative in connection with the giving of advice to the client in the course and for the purpose of the professional employment of the advocate and solicitor; or
(b) to any person in contemplation of, or in connection with and for the purpose of, any legal proceedings.
(3) subsection (2) does not apply in relation to any information or other matter which is disclosed with a view to furthering any illegal purpose.
(4) in proceedings against a person for an offence under this section, it is a defence if the person proves that-
(a) he did not know or suspect that the disclosure made under paragraph (1)(b) was likely to prejudice the investigation; or
(b) he had lawful authority or reasonable excuse for making the disclosure.