Bridle-ing at a SAR?

April 18th, 2019 by Christopher Knight

Sometimes the Easter Bunny comes bearing mysteriously non-egg shaped gifts to the data protection practitioner. The judgment of the always-worth-reading Warby J in Rudd v Bridle & J&S Bridle Ltd [2019] EWHC 893 (QB) is just such a delivery, albeit that this one appears to contain a high content of asbestos. Read more »


Grounds of appeal in Morrisons

April 17th, 2019 by Anya Proops QC

Following my post confirming that the Supreme Court has granted permission in Various Claimants v Morrison Supermarket Plc, I have had quite a few email queries as to the scope of the grounds of appeal. To put you in the picture, permission has been granted on all grounds. In a nutshell, this means that the Supreme Court will be considering: Read more »


Various Claimants v Morrisons – Supreme Court grants permission to appeal

April 15th, 2019 by Anya Proops QC

In case you were wondering what had happened to this case, the Supreme Court has just confirmed that permission has been granted to Morrisons for it to appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Morrison Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 2338. No doubt further updates will follow on Panopticon in due course.

Anya Proops QC


CFA success fees abolished in privacy & defamation cases

April 8th, 2019 by Anya Proops QC

So after many of months of GDPR-related anguish, finally some good news for data controllers: with effect from last Saturday (6th April), conditional fee agreement (CFA) success fees will no longer be recoverable from defendants in privacy or defamation proceedings, at least where the relevant CFA was entered into after 5 April.

The legislative story goes like this (deep breath!): Read more »


Adtech, ePrivacy and the GDPR

March 22nd, 2019 by Robin Hopkins

Scarcely a week goes by without my saying to someone or other (clients, colleagues, my children round the dinner table): the GDPR is not an exhaustive regime – where applicable, you need to ensure compliance with ePrivacy laws as well. Especially when it comes to electronic marketing communications, cookies and related ad tech. This inevitably prompts the question: aren’t we supposed to be getting a new ePrivacy law? What’s the delay? Read more »


The end of the line for Kennedy v Charity Commission

March 18th, 2019 by Anya Proops QC

So if you, like me, were wondering whatever happened to Mr Kennedy’s case against the Charity Commission, wonder no longer. It turns out that last December the European Court of Human Rights decided to dismiss Mr Kennedy’s Article 10 claim on the ground that it was inadmissible by reason of the availability of an alternative remedy – see the judgment here.

The background, as you may recall, is that Mr Kennedy, a Times journalist, was trying to get information out of the Charity Commission in connection with the ‘Mariam Appeal’, a fund set up by George Galloway MP for the purposes of supporting Iraqi children suffering from leukaemia. Mr Kennedy wanted to get hold of the information in connection with an investigation he was conducting into whether monies Read more »