Data protection & information

Monckton Chambers is at the forefront of information law and data protection litigation. Members have been involved in landmark cases such as Birkett v Defra, Browning v DBIS, Evans v Attorney General and Davis & Watson v SSHD (DRIPA), and are innovative in using information law to the benefit of their clients in a wide range of contexts, from judicial review, environmental and human rights cases to regulatory proceedings and commercial disputes.
Members are regularly instructed by the Information Commissioner, government departments, NGOs and commercial organisations in relation to information law 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 breadth of experience in this area is considerable and ranges from acting for individuals and NGOs seeking to obtain information from bodies such as the Electoral Commission and Interpol to commercial companies seeking to obtain information from the Competition and Markets Authority and the Financial Services Authority, as well as acting for public bodies and the regulator, the Information Commissioner.
Our members’ expertise encompasses:

  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014
  • 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
  • Aarhaus Convention rights
  • Obtaining information from Interpol / crime agencies

Members are also involved in producing some of the leading texts in the area, including Blackstone’s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (George Peretz QC) and Information Rights: Law and Practice (Gerry Facenna QC), and write and speak regularly on information law topics. For our latest case update in the Freedom of Information journal please click here.

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Data protection & information barristers

Ben Emmerson QC
Call: 1986  | Silk: 2000
Ian Rogers QC
Call: 1995  | Silk: 2014
George Peretz QC
Call: 1990  | Silk: 2015
Gerry Facenna QC
Call: 2001  | Silk: 2016
Josh Holmes QC
Call: 1997  | Silk: 2017
Robert Palmer QC
Call: 1998  | Silk: 2019
Eric Metcalfe
Call: 1999
Alan Bates
Call: 2003
Brendan McGurk
Call: 2004
Ewan West
Call: 2006
Conor McCarthy
Call: 2010
David Gregory
Call: 2014
Jack Williams
Call: 2015
Imogen Proud
Call: 2015
Alfred Artley
Call: 2018