11KBW Annual Information Law Conference 2018

January 26th, 2018 by Claire Halas

Our 2018 Information law conference will be bigger and better than ever, with specialist barristers from 11KBW – the leading chambers for all aspects of Information Law – providing updates on the law and practicalities relating to data protection, privacy and freedom of information. Topics covered include:

• GDPR – the future on our doorsteps
• overview of the Data Protection Bill and proposed amendments
• data breaches – group litigation, penalties and life under the GDPR
• subject access – recent developments and the approach under the GDPR
• general privacy update – including e-privacy; e-commerce and privacy shield
• privacy and the media – recent developments and life under the GDPR
• FOIA update

Click here for the conference agenda.

What the delegates say:
“Always excellent – extremely informative and practically useful with superb speakers”
“Very good – If I could only attend one conference, it would be this one”
“Essential, well organised and informative” Read more »


Security bodies and legal advice: some Upper Tribunal droning

January 18th, 2018 by Robin Hopkins

The Times’ Lawyer of the Week this morning discusses an Upper Tribunal FOIA appeal brought by Rights Watch UK (for whom Daniel Carey, the Lawyer of the Week, acted pro bono), seeking disclosure of the Attorney General’s advice on drone strikes in Syria. The case was Corderoy & Ahmed v IC, AGO, Cabinet Office [2017] UKUT 495 (AAC). Whether you consider it a win, a loss or a draw (and if so for whom) will depend on which side you’re on here and, as counsel on all sides were colleagues at 11KBW, I will attempt a studied neutrality. I confess I have not found all aspects of the judgment easy to follow, but here you go. Read more »


Candy Crush (-es Holyoake)

December 29th, 2017 by Christopher Knight

Readers of this blog will recall an important DPA judgment, particularly on the legal professional privilege exemption, which came out in January 2017 called Holyoake v Candy & CPC [2017] EWHC 52 (QB) (see the blogpost here). That case has, however, involved various pieces of satellite litigation including a 193 page judgment of Nugee J handed down just before Christmas in Holyoake & Hotblack v Candy & Candy & others [2017] EWHC 3397 (Ch). Read more »


Brussels for Christmas: Examining Data Protection

December 28th, 2017 by Christopher Knight

Just in time to be printed and put in your stocking came everyone’s favourite Christmas tradition: a special helping of Brussels. In this case, a judgment of the CJEU in Case C-434/16 Nowak v Data Protection Commissioner (ECLI:EU:C:2017:994) about the application of the Data Protection Directive to examination scripts and examiner comments. Read more »


A Green Willow Must be my Garland

December 28th, 2017 by Christopher Knight

Continuing its consistent run of FOIA judgments which add very little to the jurisprudence is the Court of Appeal’s effort in Willow v Information Commissioner & Ministry of Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 1876. The information requested was a prisoner restraint techniques manual used in youth offender institutions, and the Commissioner and FTT had upheld the application of the section 31(1)(f) exemption, i.e. information prejudicial to the maintenance of security and good order in prisons or other institutions in which people are detained. The Court of Appeal had to consider the public interest balance and the extent to which that was or was not affected by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (“UNCRC”) (an unincorporated treaty). Read more »


DPA Convictions

December 28th, 2017 by Christopher Knight

On 6 December a firm of loss adjustors, its director and a senior employee were convicted, alongside private investigators, of a series of offences under s.55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. Read more »