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The FSA sets new standards of professionalism

31 January 2011

The FSA's Policy Statement on professionalism (part of the RDR) was published on 20 January 2011.

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Blanket reporting restriction set aside by Court of Appeal

Published on 31 January 2011.

The Court of Appeal has discharged an order the effect of which would have been to postpone the reporting of an important criminal case for several months.

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Legal Ombudsman swamped by complaints against claims management companies (CMCs)

Published on 27 January 2011. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

The Legal Ombudsman, which launched in October 2010 under rules similar to the FOS' DISP regime, recently reported to a professional negligence conference that some 20,000 enquiries were received in its first few months.

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Phone-hacking claims - a new legal pursuit

Published on 26 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The pack of lawyers representing the alleged victims of phone hacking by the News of the World seems to grow on an almost weekly basis.

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CASS pain for BarCap

26 January 2011

The FSA has fined Barclays Capital for client money breaches.

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A mass outbreak of anonymity: CDE and FGH v MGN and LMN

Published on 20 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

It is not unusual for claimants in privacy cases to be anonymised. It is less common for defendants and distinctly unusual for non-parties.

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ECtHR upholds Campbell v MGN

Published on 18 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Just under seven years after the House of Lords found by 3 to 2 against the Daily Mirror in the landmark privacy case by Naomi Campbell, the European Court of Human Rights has rejected MGN's attempt to persuade it that UK law was incompatible with Article 10.

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No exclusion of bereaved families from 7/7 inquest

14 January 2011

The Divisional Court has refused the Government's application for judicial review of the 7/7 Coroner's decision not to exclude victims' families from the court during its private sessions.

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7/7 footage withheld from public to protect privacy of victims and their families

14 January 2011

The Coroner conducting the inquest into the terror attacks in London on 7 July 2005 has ordered that certain footage shown in court of the aftermath of the 7/7 attacks should not be released to the media.

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Super-injunctions - an update

Published on 14 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Super-injunctions are injunctions that prevent publication of the fact that the court has made an injunction.

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Should the parties in privacy cases be anonymised? - a summary of the recent judgments

Published on 14 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Since the end of the summer at least eight judgments have considered whether the parties to successful applications for privacy injunctions should be anonymised.

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Anonymity of egg and sperm donors

13 January 2011

A survey by Manchester Fertility Services highlights issues of privacy concerning egg and sperm donation.

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No injunction for local authority that failed to give notice to media

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A judge has refused to make an order gagging media organisations who were not given proper notice of the application for the order.

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Media access to Court of Protection

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Independent newspaper has won the right to attend and report on a case in the Court of Protection.

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UK referred to ECJ over internet privacy

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

On 30 September 2010 the European Commission announced that it referred the UK to the European Court of Justice for its alleged failure to implement EU laws on the confidentiality of electronic communications such as emails or internet browsing.

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Use (and abuse?) of anti-terrorism powers by police

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A Home Office report on the operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation has revealed that in 2009/10 a total of 101,248 stop-and-searches were made pursuant to s40 of the Terrorism Act 2000, but not one of the stop-and-searches resulted in an arrest being made on a terrorism charge.

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Computer hacker fined £21,000

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A computer hacker who admitted offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 has been fined £21,000 and given a 36-week prison sentence suspended for two years.

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New report on the 'Surveillance Society'

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Information Commissioner has expressed concern over the lack of scrutiny of new laws affecting privacy.

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Undercover reporting - 'Cablegate'

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

On 20 December 2010 the Daily Telegraph published a report based on secretly recorded conversations with the Business Secretary Vince Cable.

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Google escapes fine over Street View breach

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Google's Street View service has escaped a financial penalty despite being found to breach the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

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Public access to documents in criminal cases

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Administrative Court has upheld the decision of a district judge to refuse the press access to documents placed before a magistrates court in connection with extradition proceedings

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Van Morrison gets privacy injunction

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The musician Van Morrison has obtained an injunction against the News of the World to prevent the publication of private information apparently disclosed to the newspaper by a tradesman working at the musician's house.

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Privacy judgment in Northern Ireland

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In King v Sunday Newspapers (Northern Ireland High Court, WEA7948), following a High Court trial before Weatherup J, the claimant obtained an injunction preventing publication of his home address and certain further information about his family.

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Harassment by newspaper articles

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In King v Sunday Newspapers (Northern Ireland High Court, WEA7948) the claimant alleged that a series of articles in the Northern Irish newspaper Sunday World constituted harassment under the Prevention of Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (the equivalent of the Protection From Harassment Act 1997).

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Tweeting the courts

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Lord Chief Justice has issued guidance on the use of Twitter in court.

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Applications for privacy injunctions – when notice need not be given

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In DFT v TFD [2010] EWHC 2335 (QB) Sharp J made an order to restrain publication of allegedly private and confidential information without notice having been given to either the respondent or the media.

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Privacy and anonymisation in commercial cases and in the Court of Appeal

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In a music royalties dispute involving Pink Floyd, the Court of Appeal has made it clear that a private hearing or anonymisation of parties should take place only where the court is satisfied this is necessary for the proper administration of justice.

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Privacy and blackmail

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Those seeking to profit from making unauthorised disclosures of private information sometimes resort to blackmail, seeking to extort money from those who would prefer to keep the information private.

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Anonymisation of parties in matrimonial proceedings

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Court of Appeal has lifted an order by a family court judge which directed that the parties to the proceedings should be anonymised.

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Nick Clegg champions FoI at FOS

07 January 2011

In a speech today, Nick Clegg championed freedom of information (FoI) at the FOS:

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School photographs, data protection and common sense

Published on 06 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In the run up to Christmas the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a press release confirming that the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) does not prevent family and friends from taking photographs at school concerts or plays.

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First monetary penalty notices issued by ICO

06 January 2011

On 24 November the Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") issued its first monetary penalty notices, marking the first use of this power since it became available to the ICO in April.

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The Stig reveals himself

06 January 2011

Ben Collins is the second man to play the part of the anonymous racing driver “The Stig” in the BBC's popular Top Gear programme.

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Summer Montague

With over a decade's experience, Summer Montague is a commercial disputes lawyer who focuses on insurance and reinsurance.

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Beverly Yee

A corporate lawyer with broad experience, Beverly Yee advises clients on a wide range of Hong Kong and PRC related matters.

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Cristina Faro

Cristina is a professional & financial services insurance lawyer in RPC's Bristol office and advises on a range of defence, coverage and regulatory matters.

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Amelia Cave

Amelia advises on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property, technology and commercial matters.

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Genevieve Isherwood

Genevieve Isherwood defends medical malpractice and product liability claims for clients, including those which involve medical products.

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Anna Murley

Providing professional negligence and coverage advice to clients, Anna Murley has particular experience in claims against brokers and solicitors.

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Philip McCormack

Philip specialises in the defence of negligence claims against professionals working in a variety of professions. He also has experience in resolving coverage queries and disputes arising out of professional indemnity insurance policies.

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Claire McNicholl

Claire is a litigator with experience acting for insurers to defend claims against professionals including surveyors, LPA receivers, engineers, architects and brokers. She also defend claims on behalf of medical products manufacturers and their insurers.

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