Government identifies preferred candidate for Information Commissioner

August 26th, 2021 by Anya Proops QC

Hot off the press: the Government has announced that John Edwards, currently New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner, is its preferred candidate to take over from Elizabeth Denham as Information Commissioner later on this year – see here. Mr Edwards will now appear before MPs on the DCMS select committee for pre-appointment scrutiny on 9 September. Following the scrutiny process, a recommendation will be made to the Queen by the Secretary of State for DCMS, acting through the Prime Minister. Elizabeth Denham has issued a statement in which she warmly supports Mr Edwards appointment, saying he ‘would bring extraordinary breadth, leadership and credibility to this role’ – see here.

Anya Proops QC


Important new High Court judgment on data breach litigation

July 30th, 2021 by Robin Hopkins

The High Court (Saini J) has today handed down judgment in Warren v DSG Retail Ltd [2021] EWHC 2168 (QB) (available here: Warren v DSG judgment). It is pithy and important stuff for data protection litigation, especially as regards accidental data breaches and the recoverability of ATE premiums. Read more »


Webinar: Data Litigation & Regulation – How do the UK and US compare? – NEW DATE

June 29th, 2021 by 11KBW Blogs

The new date for the Data litigation & regulation – how do the UK and US compare? webinar is 13 September 2021 at 3pm.

If you were registered for the original date, 28 June 2021. You will automatically still be registered and will receive an email from Zoom with the update.

If you weren’t previously registered and would like to, please email


Webinar: Data Litigation & Regulation – How do the UK and US compare? – POSTPONED

June 28th, 2021 by Panopticon Blog

Our Data Litigation & Regulation – How do the UK and US compare? webinar due to start at 3pm this afternoon has been POSTPONED. A new date will be confirmed as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience is caused.






Totally Without Merit: A Consultation

June 28th, 2021 by Christopher Knight

Another week, another Upper Tribunal consultation. This time, the Tribunal Procedure Committee is inviting responses – by 16 August 2021 – on proposals to amend the Upper Tribunal Rules to enable judges to certify applications for permission to appeal as ‘totally without merit’, and thus removing the right to renew that application at an oral hearing. The changes would effectively align the UT with the position under the CPR, in relation to both applications for permission to claim judicial review and applications for permission to appeal. Given that it is just – just – possible that readers of this blog working in information rights may have come across litigants who make totally without merit applications, the consultation may be of interest. It is to be found here.

Christopher Knight


TIGRR Warning: the PM’s Taskforce on Innovation, Growth, and Regulatory Reform

June 22nd, 2021 by Jamie Susskind

Last week, the Prime Ministerial Taskforce on Innovation, Growth, and Regulatory Reform (known more catchily as TIGRR) published a 130-page report setting out a new regulatory framework for the UK. It offers a possible glimpse of the future of data regulation. Read more »