Off the rails: Branson v Corbyn in #traingate – Tom Rudkin and Owen O’Rorke

1 09 2016

Jeremy CorbynAs the “#traingate” juggernaut gathered pace along the tracks of political intrigue, some may have missed the ICO’s announcement that it is investigating Virgin Trains’ decision to release CCTV footage of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn walking through carriages on the 11am from London to Newcastle. The investigation seems to have been prompted by a complaint from Mr Corbyn’s camp. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: AB v Ministry of Justice, Subject access requests and compensation – Helen Mulligan and Owen O’Rorke

25 07 2014

data-protection-and-cyberThe right to access to one’s own “personal data”, subject to certain exemptions and limitations, has now been part of UK law for some 30 years. Under the current Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) an individual dissatisfied with the response to his or her “subject access request” (or “SAR”) can effectively choose whether to enforce those rights via the courts, or via the UK regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”). Read the rest of this entry »





The search for meaning: Sally Bercow and Sally Morgan – Owen O’Rorke

3 07 2013

Sally-Bercow-800x532sally morganTwo high-profile celebrity libel cases have recently ended with a substantial financial settlement in the Claimant’s favour: undisclosed, following a ruling on meaning and liability, in the case of Sally Bercow and Lord McAlpine; and a £125,000 damages payment in the case of the “Celebrity Psychic” Sally Morgan versus the Daily Mail, reached privately with the matter already due for trial. Read the rest of this entry »





Joey Barton: Twitter, Libel and Abuse – Owen O’Rorke

6 04 2013

JoeyBarton courtsilvaQPR midfielder Joey Barton, as everyone in football knows, is a tireless campaigner for freedom of expression. The controversial ball-winner, currently on loan in the French First Division with Olympique Marseille, is known for his brushes with the law, but has built a countervailing reputation as one of the game’s most aggressive thinkers. Read the rest of this entry »