Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing LLP Neutral citation: [2017] EWCA Civ 74

WTLR Issue: Spring 2018 #171

ASHLEY JUDITH DAWSON-DAMER
PIERS DAWSON-DAMER
ADELICIA DAWSON-DAMER

V

TAYLOR WESSING LLP 

THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER INTERVENING

Analysis

The appellants were beneficiaries of a number of Bahamian trusts; the respondent solicitors (‘TW’) act on behalf of the trustee of these trusts. On 4 August 2014, the appellants served a subject access request (‘SAR’) on TW, requesting disclosure of the personal data relating to the appellants held by TW as the solicitors for the trustee. The appellants were not satisfied by TW’s response to the SAR. They therefore applied to the court to exercise its discretion under s.7(9) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’), and grant a declaration that TW had not complied with the SAR, and an order requiring them to do so. At first instance, this application was dismissed.


Counsel details

Jonathan Swift QC
11KBW, 11 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London, EC4Y 7EQ)instructed by McDermott Will and Emery LLP (110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY)for the appellants

Simon Taube QC (11KBW), Timothy Pitt-Payne QC (10 Old Square, London WC2A 3SU) and James MacDougald (11KBW) instructed by Taylor Wessing LLP (5 New St Square, London EC4A 3TW) for the respondent

Cases referenced

Cases in bold have further reading - click to view.

Legislation referenced

Legislation in bold has further reading - click to view.

  • Bahamian Trustee Act 1998, s.83
  • Data Protection Act 1998, ss. 7, 8, 15, 51 and Schedule 7, para 10
  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Art. 8