Public Law Blog

21 November 2017

An introduction to Data Protection Officers under the GDPR: Should you appoint one?

There is currently no legal requirement for companies to appoint a dedicated officer responsible for data protection; the Information Commissioner’s Office merely encourages this as good practice.  However, this will change when the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) comes into force in May 2018 and introduces a requirement for certain organisations to appoint a Data Protection Officer (“DPO”).

Kirsty Churm

20 November 2017

Legal update: When an inquest is still necessary after criminal proceedings in order to comply with Article 2

In the recently reported case of R (Silvera) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2017] EWHC 2499 (Admin), the Divisional Court looked at the investigative duties placed on the state by Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the importance of the coronial process in ensuring that those duties have been met.

15 November 2017

Cheap alcohol a thing of the past (at least for six years)?

This morning the UK Supreme Court called time on a long-running legal challenge to the Scottish Parliament’s decision to introduce minimum alcohol pricing north of the border. Its final ruling followed two appeals and a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The case partly made headlines because it pitted Scottish legislators against the country’s powerful Whisky industry, but the implications go well beyond the ‘water of life’, affecting alcohol products generally.

Nick Wrightson

23 October 2017

The EU-US Privacy Shield – One Year On and Still Going Strong

The EU-US Privacy Shield was established by the EU Commission in August 2016 to replace the previous ‘Safe Harbour’ system, which was ruled unlawful by the European Court of Justice (to read the ECJ’s decision, see here).

2 October 2017

Legal Update: NGOs win challenge to Aarhus costs caps

A judicial review application by three NGOs over recent amendments to the costs capping rules governing public law environmental claims has been largely successful. 

Nick Wrightson

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