The following Private Client guidance note Produced in partnership with Adam Carvalho, Owen O'Rorke and Alan Baker of Farrer & Co provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
STOP PRESS: On 11 March 2020, the Court of Appeal issued a judgment allowing both appeals in the Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing LLP case as to (1) whether Taylor Wessing could rely on the legal professional privilege (LPP) exemption in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) (appealed by Dawson-Damer) and (2) whether certain paper files constitute a ‘relevant filing system’ for the purposes of DPA 1998 (appealed by Taylor Wessing). The outcome of the Court of Appeal case will impact the content of this Practice Note. See News Analysis: Court of Appeal rules on LPP and ‘relevant filing system’ under DPA 1998 (Dawson-Damer and others v Taylor Wessing LPP; Taylor Wessing LPP v Dawson-Damer).
BREXIT IMPACT: As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—implications for data protection.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has adopted a formal statement, which emphasises that data protection laws do not hinder measures taken in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the EDPB has emphasised that, even in these exceptional times, controllers and
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