Jail for thief who tried to sell secret nuclear submarine documents – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2015 in burglary, confidentiality, documents, intelligence services, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A factory worker who stole restricted documents about British nuclear submarines and tried to sell them to an eastern European government has been jailed for four and a half years.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Gagging clauses are lawful and enforceable – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in agreements, compromise, confidentiality, contract of employment, news by sally

‘Periodically the topic of gagging clauses resurfaces in the press. In 2013 the revelation of large numbers of NHS employees entering into such agreements produced a mass of publicity. Interest in the topic duly stimulated, it led to recommendations by the Public Accounts Committee in the House of Commons that revised guidance from the Cabinet Office should require public sector organisations to secure approval from the Cabinet Office for special severance payments and associated compromise agreements where they relate to cases of whistleblowing.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 8th January 2015

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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Regina (Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Regina (Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners: [2015] EWCA Civ 173; [2015] WLR (D) 104

‘In the particular circumstances of the case limited disclosures made by a Revenue and Customs official in an “off the record” briefing with journalists concerning tax avoidance schemes had been made “for the purposes” of a function of the Revenue and Customs, within section 18(2)(a)(i). Therefore there had been no breach of article 18(1) of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005, which required the commissioners to maintain confidentiality of information about a taxpayer’s affairs.’

WLR Daily, 4th March 2015

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Access all areas? – New Law Journal

‘Overriding lawyer-client & confidential communications is incompatible with the rule of law, as Nicholas Griffin QC, Robert O’Sullivan QC & Gordon Nardell QC explain.’

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New Law Journal, 27th February 2015

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Smoking ban in prisons: Inmate wants access to enforcement hotline – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2015 in confidentiality, health, news, prisons, smoking, telecommunications by sally

‘A prisoner has launched a legal challenge to give inmates the right to report unauthorised smoking in jail.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2015

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Theresa May’s plans to stop students being drawn to terrorism are in conflict with law, says QC – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in bills, confidentiality, freedom of expression, news, terrorism, universities by sally

‘Plans by Home Secretary Theresa May to place a legal duty on universities to prevent students from being drawn into terrorism are in conflict with existing law, a leading QC will warn tomorrow.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2015

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Stop in the Name of Love! The New EU Regulation 606/2013 on Protection Measures – Family Law Week

Posted January 16th, 2015 in children, confidentiality, EC law, families, harassment, injunctions, news by sally

‘Sarah Lucy Cooper, barrister of Thomas More Chambers, explains the details and effect of this recently implemented EU personal protection law.’

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Family Law Week, 15th January 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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MI6 forced to show how it may snoop on privileged lawyer-client exchanges – The Guardian

‘MI6 has been forced to reveal documents detailing how it may access legally privileged communications between solicitors and their clients, even if the lawyers are suing the government.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2015

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Declaration 2014: Legal Professional Privilege is vital to a fair trial – The Bar Council

‘Legal chiefs and academics today demanded new laws to stop police and security services from spying on meetings between lawyers and their clients.’

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The Bar Council, 9th December 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Prince Charles letters row: Supreme Court to hear case – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2014 in confidentiality, disclosure, freedom of information, news, royal family, veto by sally

‘The Supreme Court is set to consider whether letters from Prince Charles to the government should be made public.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2014

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Bring Your Own Device – Managing The Risks – Littleton Chambers

‘On 6 October 2014, the Government published new guidance on BYOD (‘Bring Your Own Device’) which highlights the fact that allowing employees to use their own technology at work is not just a technical issue that needs to be grappled with by IT departments, but has wide-ranging implications for employers.’

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Littleton Chambers, 13th November 2014

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Oral statement to Parliament – Prisoner communications – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 12th, 2014 in confidentiality, news, prison officers, prisons, rehabilitation, telecommunications by tracey

‘Oral Statement on prisoner communications by the Secretary of State for Justice, 11 November 2015.’

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Ministry of Justice, 11th November 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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MPs’ calls to prisoners ‘taped’, says Chris Grayling – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 12th, 2014 in confidentiality, interception, news, prison officers, prisons, telecommunications by tracey

‘Private conversations between MPs and prisoners from their constituencies may have been recorded and monitored in jails, Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary has announced. The minister issued an apology to the House of Commons after disclosing that communications by at least 32 current MPs were thought to be involved.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2014

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High Court tests the limits of confidentiality in EC infringement decisions – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2014 in airlines, confidentiality, disclosure, EC law, judgments, news, price fixing by sally

‘The European Commission came in for some stern criticism from the High Court this week, in a case which looks set to test the boundaries of confidentiality in EC infringement decisions: see Emerald Supplies v BA [2014] EWHC 3515 (Ch).’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 30th October 2014

Source: www.competitionbulletin.com

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Adoption and access to family history – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2014 in adoption, confidentiality, disclosure, families, local government, news by sally

‘Life is a mysterious journey, often attended with hazards matching those in The Lord of the Rings. However, as TV programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are? illustrate, we all have a deep need to understand our place in the world and how we came to inhabit our own ‘mortal coil’. This can be particularly poignant for adopted people and their successors.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th October 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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No loss of confidence – establishing causation in confidential information claims – RPC Privacy Law

‘This case is an interesting example of a claim for breach of confidence (both in contract and in equity) where, although liability was established, only nominal damages (£1) were awarded to the Claimant.’

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RPC Privacy Law, 7th October 2014

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

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Former Times lawyer loses appeal against SDT – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A former legal director of Times Newspapers Ltd was guilty of “recklessly” rather than “knowingly” misleading the court in relation to litigation over revelations about the “NightJack” blogger, the High Court has ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th September 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Royal hoax phone call inquest: Nurse ‘took own life’ – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2014 in confidentiality, hospitals, inquests, media, news, nurses, pregnancy, royal family, suicide by tracey

‘A nurse who put through a hoax phone call at a hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated took her own life, a coroner has concluded.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Data protection and journalism – ICO publishes guidance – Panopticon

‘The Information Commissioner has today published his keenly anticipated guidance on ‘Data Protection and Journalism: A Guide for the Media’. The guidance has been published following a lengthy consultative process and in response to a recommendation made in the Leveson report.’

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Panopticon, 4th September 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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M v Times Newspapers Ltd and others – WLR Daily

M v Times Newspapers Ltd and others [2014] EWCA Civ 1132; [2014] WLR (D) 371

‘The decision of a court to allow publication of a report which might lead to the identification of a person who had been arrested but not charged with any offence and was not a party to criminal proceedings would not be interfered with unless the court, in carrying out the evaluative exercise of balancing the competing public interest of freedom of expression in a report of court proceedings against the person’s right to private and family life, had erred in principle or reached a conclusion which was plainly wrong.’

WLR Daily, 1st August 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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