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Confidential Information & Privacy

11 South Square offers extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of the law of confidence. Chambers’ primary strength is the protection of trade secrets through the action for breach of confidence, frequently in the context of disputes between employers and their ex-employees. Since the introduction of the Human Rights Act, however, the courts have extended the law of confidence to protect personal privacy as well as commercial secrets. Members of chambers were instrumental in this development and can offer unrivalled expertise in cases involving the law of privacy.

All members of chambers accept cases involving the law of confidence.

 

Notable Cases

Bailey v Graham (AKA Levi Roots) [2012] EWCA Civ 1469

Bailey v Graham (AKA Levi Roots) [2012] EWCA Civ 1469

Claims to breach of confidence and contract relating to the creation and commercialisation of the famous “Reggae Reggae Sauce”. The Court of Appeal handed down their decision on 16th November 2012.

Bailey v Graham (AKA Levi Roots) [2012] EWCA Civ 1469 

Various claimants v News Group Newspapers

Various claimants v News Group Newspapers

The voicemail interception litigation arising from the activities of journalists at the News of the World and the investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, which has been going on since 2008.  There are many interlocutory clashes (see for example [2012] EWHC 397 (Ch)) and the trial of tranche 2 of the claims, which was due to be heard in February 2013 has now been put back to later in the year.

Force India Formula One Team Ltd v 1Malaysia Racing Team & ors [2012] EWHC 65 (Pat)

Force India Formula One Team Ltd v 1Malaysia Racing Team & ors [2012] EWHC 65 (Pat)

The litigation involved piecing together the development of the aerodynamics of a 2010 season F1 car by some 20 aerodynamicists and draftsmen and assessing the extent to which confidential information derived from a previous F1 project had been misused. Liability and quantum were decided at the same time, each requiring extensive expert evidence, making the trial particularly complex. The Appeal is due to be heard in June 2013.

Force India Formula One Team Ltd v 1Malaysia Racing Team & ors [2012]

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