On 10 January 2019, Advocate General Maciej Szpunar provided his written opinion to the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) on the territorial scope of requests to delist search engine results under the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle, which (in the context of search engines at least) was established in May 2014 in…
The government has announced that from 6 April 2019 conditional fee agreement (‘CFA’) success fees will no longer be recoverable from opponents in defamation and privacy claims. The Ministerial Statement made by David Gauke the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary can be found here. CFAs – colloquially known as ‘no win, no fee’ agreements –…
Employment analysis: Lord Hain’s use of parliamentary privilege to name Sir Philip Green as the businessman at the centre of sexual harassment and bullying allegations polarised opinion. Iain Wilson, managing partner at Brett Wilson LLP, considers the legal issues around parliamentary privilege. What were the events that preceded Lord Hain using parliamentary privilege to name…
On 22 October 2018, the Court of Appeal dismissed the supermarket chain’s appeal in the case of Various Claimants v WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC  EWCA Civ 2339, where Morrisons had been held vicariously liable at first instance for a mass data breach caused by the criminal act of a rogue employee (see our blog…
Lord Hain’s decision to name Sir Philip Green in the House of Lords as the individual who obtained an interim-injunction against the Daily Telegraph has polarised opinion. On the one hand, his plaudits state that he has stood up against the rich and powerful who use non-disclosure agreements to suppress their victims. On the other,…
In the months that led up to the GDPR coming into force on 25 May 2018, as we readied ourselves to enter into a brave new world of enhanced regulation that sought to afford better protection of our personal data, we were all asked the same question over and over again: “Are you prepared for…
Mark Lewis, a solicitor who undertook pioneering work in bringing phone-hacking claims against the News of the World, is being prosecuted by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (‘SRA’) before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) in respect of allegations that he posted ‘offensive and profane’ communications on social media. It is alleged by the SRA that on…
Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson is interviewed on Google’s challenge to the French data regulator’s right to be forgotten ruling. The interview took place on the Bloomberg Politics, Policy, Power and Law Show on Bloomberg Radio (New York) and can be accessed here.
British Airways (‘BA’) has reported that between 10.58pm on 21 August and 9.45pm on 5 September 2018, it was the victim of a ‘sophisticated, malicious’ cyber attack resulting in the theft of personal and financial data belonging to up to 380,000 customers who booked flights via the BA app and website during that time period….
In media litigation, it is not uncommon for a claimant to be anonymised (this is particularly the case in proceedings for breach of confidence and/or misuse of private information), but what is remarkable about the case of ABC v Google Inc.  EWHC 137 (QB) is that the claimant has managed to conceal his identity from…