February 27, 2019

There have been some tantalising decisions associated with vicarious liability since my book was published last November. Some organisations and their insurers have successfully argued against vicarious.

A GP practice was not vicariously liable for the negligence o...

January 16, 2019

You may not have noticed I have been quiet for some time. This is an extract from the opening chapter of my book on vicarious liability, published in November.  It can be purchased at Wildys, Hammicks, Amazon or at the link below. If you read it, please let me know wha...

January 22, 2018

This morning an unfamiliar envelope arrived. It is a letter from Equifax, confirming that some of my personal data has been hacked. The information “included” my name and date of birth, and my “landline telephone number”.  

The credit reference agency acquired this info...

December 7, 2017


In 2014, as part of Morrisons’ annual audit, the company asked senior auditor Andrew Skelton to share the payroll data of almost 100,000 employees with accountants KPMG. Instead he uploaded the data, which included names, salaries, and bank details, to the in...

November 27, 2017

Last week two data breach stories made the headlines, and together they highlight the risks for companies and other institutions of not paying adequate attention to data protection.

On Monday, news outlets revealed that Russell Group universities were under investi...

August 16, 2017

Police powers to stop and search are very much subject to public scrutiny. Newspapers and social media suggest they are not exercised impartially, but target ethnic minorities. Home Office figures released last year confirmed black people were six times more likely to...

August 2, 2017

A supervisor racially abuses a black bricklayer on a construction site. Another bricklayer, who is not black, is offended by the abuse. That bricklayer may bring a claim for harassment under the Equality Act 2010, since the supervisor has created a hostile and offensiv...

July 21, 2017

I need not have prepared a formal presentation for the seminar on stress at work last week. Debate was so well informed and engaged,  the presentation was soon abandoned. The trigger for delegate participation was a reference to occupational health, and its failure to...

July 16, 2017

Personal data are (NB rather than is,  a dry subject after all) information. Any business is likely to have personal data.

The legal definition is important because the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the GDPR, which replaces the DPA next May, only apply to personal...

July 2, 2017

Did you register with the Information Commissioner's Office years ago as a holder of personal data? Have you done anything about it since? Or have you assumed there was nothing else to do?

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into forc...

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