Data Protection & Information Law
Chambers’ expertise in this practice area has been growing since the introduction of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. From being an issue that arose within many of Chambers’ cases, data protection and information law has become a defined practice area in which members provide discreet advice, covering the Data Protection Act 2018, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, as well as on privacy and confidentiality at common law.
With a growing awareness of the rights and obligations associated with data protection and freedom of information, employers are very frequently faced with complex decisions over how to process data, how best to respond to data subject access requests and freedom of information requests and how to deal with the regulatory bodies, tribunals and courts. Our members have experience in providing legal and technical advice, drafting policies and privacy notices, as well as assisting data controllers with issues over compliance.
Equally, members advise individuals facing difficult questions over the use of information, for example in professional regulatory disputes. Representative bodies, such as trade unions, also very frequently have to confront difficult challenges over the use of data, for instance, in collective disputes and transfers. With its strong tradition of trade union representation, Chambers is particularly well-placed to advise on these disputes.
Members of this practice group also represent claimants, employers and corporate bodies in High Court and other litigation arising from alleged data breaches, misuse of information and breaches of confidentiality.
Members of Old Square Chambers regularly provide advice in respect of the following areas:
Data Protection Act 1998
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights
Confidentiality and privacy at common law