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Ian Helme

Ian Helme
Call: 2005

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Specialists in media and information law

One Brick Court is a leading set of barristers’ chambers practising in all aspects of media and information law, including defamation, privacy, confidence, contempt of court, reporting restrictions, freedom of information and data protection.

Winner of Set of the Year for ‘Defamation and Privacy’ in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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European Commission launches E-Privacy Directive Consultation

18th April 2016 - Alongside the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation by the European Parliament, last week the Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the e-Privacy Directive with a view to issuing a legislative proposal by the end of 2016. One of the central aims of the consultation is to ensure that the e-Privacy Directive, which governs the processing of personal data and the approach towards privacy in the electronic communications sector, is consistent with the future GDPR. The consultation also seeks views on the need to update the Directive in light of new market and technological developments and in order to enhance the security and confidentiality of communications throughout the EU.

Axon v MOD v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] EWHC 787 (QB)

11 April 2016 - Ex-Royal Navy Commanding Officer loses privacy claim against the MoD. In his judgment following trial Nicol J held that the claimant, Mr Axon, had no reasonable expectation of privacy and was owed no duty of confidence by the MOD in relation to information leaked by an MOD employee to the Sun newspaper. The information concerned Royal Navy findings of bullying by Mr Axon of junior officers on board a warship. The MOD had claimed an indemnity from News Group for the publication in the Sun and that claim was also therefore dismissed. Catrin Evans QC acted for News Group (instructed by Wiggin LLP)

European Parliament adopts Data Protection Regulation

14th April 2016 - Today the European Parliament has formally adopted the EU Data Protection Regulation. It will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal, which is expected to take place in Summer 2016. The Regulation will then be directly applicable in Member States two years later, in Summer 2018. The adoption of the Regulation by Parliament is the final stage of what has been a lengthy process aimed at modernising and strengthening Europe’s Data Protection laws. In a joint statement issued by the European Commission the vote was described as “a significant achievement, and the culmination of over four years of hard work with the European Parliament, the Council, business, civil society and other stakeholders... Our work in creating first-rate data protection rules providing for the world's highest standard of protection is complete. Now we must work together to implement these new standards across the EU so citizens and businesses can enjoy the benefits as soon as possible.” Whether these are in fact ‘first rate’ rules will remain to be seen as businesses and practitioners start to have to grapple with them in practice.

Stocker v Stocker

3rd March 2016 - Defamation