Data protection & information

Monckton Chambers is at the forefront of data protection and information law. Members’ expertise across the range of Chambers’ practice areas means that they equally experienced in dealing with the public and regulatory dimensions of matters before the Information Commissioner and in judicial review, and in dealing with the nuanced commercial dimensions, and technical complexities, of private disputes. Members are ideally placed to deal with competition and data; data in the financial services industry; calculation of penalties for breach of data protection law; and requests for complex and commercially sensitive information. They are regularly involved in landmark cases, including recently Case C-623/18 Privacy International; Big Brother Watch and others v UK (application nos. 58170/13, 62322/14 and 24960/15); Elgizouli v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 10 and Information Commissioner v Poplar Housing and Regeneration Association (GIA/1078/2019).

Our members are regularly instructed by the Information Commissioner, government departments, commercial organisations, NGOs and private individuals, and frequently appear in the Information Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal, the High Court, Court of Appeal and the European Courts on all aspects of information law, and privacy and data protection litigation.

Our members’ expertise encompasses:

  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Data Protection Act 2018
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003
  • Investigatory Powers Act 2016
  • Confidentiality and privacy at common law
  • Article 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • EU rules on access to information held by European Institutions
  • Aarhus Convention rights

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    Data protection & information barristers

    Lord Bellamy KC
    Call: 1968  | Silk: 1986
    Christopher Vajda KC
    Call: 1979  | Silk: 1997
    Ian Rogers KC
    Call: 1995  | Silk: 2014
    George Peretz KC
    Call: 1990  | Silk: 2015
    Gerry Facenna KC
    Call: 2001  | Silk: 2016
    Josh Holmes KC
    Call: 1997  | Silk: 2017
    Robert Palmer KC
    Call: 1998  | Silk: 2019
    Brendan McGurk KC
    Call: 2004  | Silk: 2024
    Ewan West KC
    Call: 2006  | Silk: 2024
    Eric Metcalfe
    Call: 1999
    Alan Bates
    Call: 2003
    Conor McCarthy
    Call: 2010
    David Gregory
    Call: 2014
    Jack Williams
    Call: 2015
    Imogen Proud
    Call: 2015
    Jen Coyne
    Call: 2016
    Harry Gillow
    Call: 2017
    Will Perry
    Call: 2018
    Alfred Artley
    Call: 2018
    Jenn Lawrence
    Call: 2021
    Natalie Nguyen
    Call: 2021
    Hugh Whelan
    Call: 2022