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Information Law

Data Protection

Chambers has been providing advice on data protection issues long before it assumed the public spotlight. That long involvement for both private and public sector clients, whether advisory or in litigation, enables the team to give swift, practical advice in this highly technical area. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, we also provide a comprehensive advisory and training service to assist clients with GDPR readiness. One of our barristers is a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on the GDPR to support the implementation of the new data protection regime across Europe and another is the author of the leading text in the field, Information Rights, now in its fourth edition.

Some of our barristers have advised the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) in preparing the new data protection legislation that is currently under parliamentary scrutiny.
Our data protection team has particular expertise in the area of profiling, big data and AI, and can bring both legal and technical knowledge to advising clients in this arena.
We also assist with making and responding to subject access requests, as well as providing representation before the County and High Courts on data protection claims.

Access to Information

Our barristers regularly appear in leading, high-profile information law cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and at Tribunal level. We also provide a specialist local authority service advising on freedom of information and subject access requests in relation to the disclosure of sensitive information.
Cornerstone has a particular specialism in environmental information requests, as a number of members of the information law team also practice in environmental and planning law and so bring their dual expertise to the area.

Areas of work include:

  • GDPR compliance
  • Profiling, big data and AI
  • Subject access requests
  • Requests for environmental information
  • Requests under FOIA
  • Compensation arising from breaches of data protection
  • Claims concerning rectification and the right to be forgotten
  • Environmental information requests

Notable cases:

  • Maurizi v IC & CPS EA/2017/0041
  • Kennedy v IC [2014] UKSC 20
  • Ittihadier v 5-11 Cheyne Gardens RTM Co Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 121
  • London Borough of Southwark v IC EA/2013/0162
  • Cooper v National Crime Agency UKEAT/0016/17/LA
  • Stunt v Associated Newspapers [2017] EWHC 695 (QB)
  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority v IC [2015] EWCA Civ 388
  • R(Perry) v Hackney [2014] EWHC 3499 (Admin)
  • Browning v IC [2014] EWCA Civ 105
  • Corporate Officer of the House of Commons v IC [2008] EWHC 1084 (Admin)


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