R (on the application of Ingenious Media Holdings Plc) v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2016] UKSC 54

This was an appeal in the Supreme Court concerning the scope of the duty of confidentiality that HMRC owes to taxpayers. Patrick McKenna founded Ingenious Media Holdings Plc (“Ingenious Media”), an investment and advisory group that specialised in the media industry. The group utilised tax relief schemes relevant to the industry; HMRC were investigating these […]


Summary In January 2016, the Court of Appeal discharged an interim injunction that prevented newspapers from publishing identification of celebrity PJS, or the facts or details relating to the sexual activities of PJS with two other people. The Court of Appeal discharged the injunction on the basis that the appearance of the information on the […]

The GDPR: what’s all the fuss?

The General Data Protection Regulation, or ‘GDPR’, has been created to provide stronger protection of personal data than that contained in the EU Directive 95/46/EC. The Directive, dating from 1995, introduced a framework that is now inadequate given the enormous changes in digital information and the way in which we use technology. The GDPR will […]

Damages in Privacy Claims

In the English common law there is no freestanding right to privacy. Privacy claims come within a number of different causes of action: misuse of private information, breach of confidence, breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’), breach of the Human Rights Act 1998 (‘HRA’), and breach of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. […]

Cybersecurity: Regulating the Risk

A new cyber-security Directive shows the drive towards bolstering technological security in Europe. The Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (‘the NIS Directive’) will require companies that supply critical services to ensure they are able to resist cyber-attacks and to report any major incidents. The NIS Directive requires companies in the sectors of […]