5 Essex Court

Charlotte Ventham

Call 2001

Data Protection & Information Law

Charlotte has dealt with numerous public and private law claims involving the alleged misuse of private information, challenges to the disclosure of information by public bodies and breaches of the Data Protection Act. Charlotte has particular expertise in cases where human rights (most notably the Article 8 right to privacy) intersect with data protection issues.

Examples of recent cases:

Crook v (1) Information Commissioner, (2) The Home Office (EA/2019/0073) (First-Tier Tribunal): Appeal against the decision of the IC to uphold the refusal by the Home Office to disclose information sought relating to MI5 on the basis that such information was not “held” by the Home Office within the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

R (CL) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2018] EWHC 3333 (Admin): challenge to the retention by the police of a crime reports relating to “sexting” by a 14 year old child.

Brown v (1) Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (2) Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Central London County Court, 2016): claim for misuse of private information, breach of the Data Protection Act and misfeasance in public office arising out of disclosures made between two policing bodies of private travel information relating to the Claimant.

R (XX) v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2014] EWHC 4106 (Admin): judicial review brought by a convicted sex offender challenging the legality of a scheme providing for the collection, retention and disclosure of information relating to his offending history