Members of Chambers have acted in privacy claims for a number of years (including Stephens v Avery in 1988, A v. B in the Court of Appeal in 2001, and the enquiry as to damages in Douglas v Hello). We have subsequently been heavily involved in the phone hacking litigation, particularly through Jeremy Reed.
Typical privacy claims on which we advise concern claims between private individuals and the media, claims between private individuals, and claims between business competitors. An increasing number of claims involve the alleged interception of email communications and server hacking by business competitors, other forms of electronic interception, and surveillance and harassment.
Most of our members have technical backgrounds, and are well placed to advise on such matters. We also have extensive experience of interim applications (including urgent injunctions and search and seizure orders), both for Claimants obtaining them and for Defendants seeking to set them aside.