7 Harrington Street Chambers


The General Data Protection Regulations seminar by Ian Whitehurst

Ian Whitehurst, counsel at these chambers will be speaking and covering recent developments in Data Protection Law.

We would like to invite you and members of your team to a seminar taking place at 7 Harrington Street Chambers on 22nd January in relation to The General Data Protection Regulations.

Ian Whitehurst, counsel at these chambers will be speaking and covering recent developments in Data Protection Law. An overview of the seminar and CV for Ian Whitehurst are attached.

The seminar will carry 3 hours CPD and is free to attend.

If you or any members of your team would like to attend please contact Claire Tumilty either by email claire.tumilty@7hs.co.uk or phone 0151 242 0714 to RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you there


1. Purpose of the Regulation

  • Ambit of the regulation
  • Timetable of Implementation
  • Applicability into English Law
  • New Concepts
  • Jurisdictional Reach of the Regulation

 2. Data Law Principles

  • Lawfulness of processing
  • Protecting legitimate interests
  • Consent
  • Sensitive data protection

3. Individual Rights

  • Information Notices
  • Subject Access Requests
  • Right to Object
  • Right to Erasure

4. Accountability, Security & Breach Notification

  • Role of a data protection officer
  • Impact assessments
  • Investigation, Compliance management & reporting
  • Auditing of data

5. Role of the Regulator

  • Enhanced role of the ICO
  • Co-operation with the Regulator
  • Seeking guidance & self-reporting

6. Enforcement

  • Increased levels of fines
  • Enforcement Notices

7. Civil Liability

  • Compensation claims
  • Class action litigation
  • Vicarious liability for employers
  • Contractual relationships & indemnities


Data Protection CV

Ian Whitehurst practices in criminal and regulatory law with a specific emphasis on data protection and cyber crime. He has written several articles on data protection and the new digital age and has delivered lectures and video briefings on the subject.
He is instructed on a regular basis to advise and represent a wide range of clients (individuals, directors, companies) in relation to criminal and civil investigations by the industry regulator (the ICO); advisory and compliance issues and the developing area of civil litigation.

Outlined below is a brief summary of his ongoing and recent case load:


  • Advised a major financial institution and its in-house legal team in relation to civil enforcement proceedings brought against them by the ICO in relation to purchasing data from a third party without the requisite consent
  • Instructed to advise and represent a claimant in mediation proceedings in an ongoing data protection dispute with a national broadcaster
  • Instructed to advise on the use and admissibility of telematic data by a major insurance company in relation to personal injury litigation
  • Instructed to advise a claimant in a case against her local authority employer for breaching her personal data and which adversely affected her employment rights
  • Successfully advised a Human Resources company in avoiding a criminal prosecution by the ICO in relation to allegedly purchasing confidential information from an employee of an existing client
  • Instructed to advise a claimant in relation to a data breach by a government department (DWP) which adversely affected a disabled person’s employment status
  • Advising a gambling organisation based in Malta on purchasing third party data and compliance with the GDPR
  • Instructed to advise a claimant in relation to two ongoing cases against a government department (MOD) for breach of his personal data related to ongoing civil litigation
  • Instructed to advise a barrister in relation to a data protection breach affecting the loss of sensitive personal data of clients
  • Instructed to advise a family in relation to a claim against a school academy for breaching sensitive data of a child
  • Advising on a potential data breach by a firm of stockbrokers which adversely affected the estate of a deceased client

Outlined below is a list of Ian’s recent publications:

  • Investigatory Powers Act – will the new oversight regime be effective?
  • Data Privacy & Brexit – deal breaker or opportunity to reboot?
  • Augmented Reality & The Law
  • Enforcement of Corporate Crime: stronger sentencing of people convicted of stealing personal data & the forthcoming general data protection regulation

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