John has a detailed knowledge of information law, the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. He is well placed to act in claims relating to handling of information by public bodies, having advised on the extent of the police’s obligation to co-operate with annual risk assessments under the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015, and on the general powers and duties on police forces and other public bodies about sharing information, as well as advising on and drafting Information Sharing Agreements. John has an extensive practice in relation to information law claims. He recently appeared for the Home Secretary in the Court of Appeal (led by Alan Payne QC) and in the High Court in relation to the confidentiality of asylum files: R v Secretary of State for the Home Department (No 2)  EWHC 1086 (Fam). He has also appeared in trials and strike out/summary judgment applications in relation to defamation and GDPR/Data Protection Act claims in the High Court and County Court, and regularly advises on the compatibility of decisions about the collection, handling and distribution of information with Article 8 ECHR and the common law. He is often asked to advise on applications under RIPA/IPA.
John regularly advises on the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and appears for public authorities in appeals in the FTT relating to ICO decisions under FOIA.
He has delivered training to police forces and other agencies on information sharing between public bodies, on data protection in the context of fighting anti-social behaviour, and on RIPA/IPA, and helped present 5 Essex Court’s Sofa Series update on information law.