Last year data protection law firmly made its presence felt in all of our lives when we got dozens of emails about privacy notices and the GDPR: as Christopher Knight, one of our guests on today’s episode points out, data protection applies to everyone everywhere. So what does that mean for a data protection law practice? And what is the difference anyway between data protection law and information law?
Meanwhile, the news is full of issues which potentially concern planning and environmental lawyers, from HS2’s troubles to the housing crisis, to Extinction Rebellion’s demands for a reduction in carbon emissions, and the Mayor of London’s commitment to a reduction in air pollution.
We wanted to investigate what it’s like to have a practice in these areas of law, so in this episode we talk to barristers Christopher Knight and James Pereira QC about their respective practices in Data and Information Law and Planning and Environmental law. We learn how to keep calm amongst the Data Protection Act’s subclauses, and why a planning practice is partly about listening to people’s stories and selling a vision of the future.
Christopher Knight: barrister at 11KBW https://www.11kbw.com/barristers/christopher-
James Pereira QC: barrister at Francis Taylor Building
11KBW’s Panopticon: https://panopticonblog.com/
Privacy International: https://privacyinternational.org/
Open Rights Group: https://www.openrightsgroup.org/
Media Law Defence Initiative: https://www.mediadefence.org/
Article 19: https://www.article19.org/
Big Brother Watch: https://bigbrotherwatch.org.uk
The Information Commissioner’s website: https://ico.org.uk
Peter Carey’s Freedom of Information Handbook: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freedom-
Information-Handbook-Peter-Carey/dp/1907698183 and his book on Data Protection
FOIA: Freedom of Information Act
GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation
DPA: Data Protection Act
ICCPR: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights