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    Legal Professional Privilege and the Data Protection Act

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    Information Law Conference 2016 - Media and Data Privacy

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Anya Proops QC

Anya Proops

Anya Proops QC

Practice Overview

Anya has a broad practice spanning information, media, human rights, public and employment law. Anya has been nominated by Chambers & Partners as defamation silk of the year, 2016, in recognition of her leading role in a number of ground-breaking privacy cases. Anya is recommended as a leading practitioner in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for her work in Data Protection, Administrative and Public Law and Employment. The nature of Anya’s practice is such that she is equally at home conducting lengthy, witness-heavy hearings as she is arguing complex points of law before the appellate courts. Anya’s clients include individuals; corporations; media organisations; NGOs; statutory regulators and a wide array of public authorities.


‘An exceptional and very talented new silk. Knocks the competition out of the park. Likely to play a significant role in shaping the future of this practice area.'

‘A first-class all-rounder and excellent on her feet.’

‘Frighteningly clever - you want her on your side in court’

‘A pocket battleship who excels in difficult disputes’

'Anya's greatest strength is her forensic mind when it comes to understanding a case. She is a powerhouse of knowledge and energy, and her advocacy is first class.'

'Anya is tenacious. She is a fierce advocate in court, whilst being very pleasant outside of it'

'Hugely energetic and great with clients'

‘She is an excellent advocate who has a really calming influence on clients.’

'A very punchy advocate who seems to have the ear of tribunal judges’

'A pleasure to deal with’

'Her skeleton arguments are first-class. She pretty much wins cases on paper before they start'


INFORMATION RIGHTS AND MEDIA LAW – Anya is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the inter-related fields of information rights and media law. Despite only having taken silk in February 2016, Anya was nominated defamation silk of the year by Chambers & Partners in September 2016 in recognition of her work in these areas. The editorial in the 2016 edition of Chambers and Partners states that Anya is ‘widely viewed as spearheading the move towards the use of the DPA in the protection of reputation’. Anya’s information rights and media law practice embraces cases involving: reputation management; the protection of journalistic freedoms; commercial disputes; the handling of legally privileged information; freedom of information; RIPA; the operation of the subject access regime as well as the usual run of data protection and privacy cases. Anya is particularly well known for her interest in and expertise on issues concerning the protection of fundamental rights within the online environment, not least as a result of her role in the leading case of Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google. Anya has extensive experience of data breach cases. She acted for the Information Commissioner in the first appeal against a data breach monetary penalty (Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust v Information Commissioner) and also in the appeal in the Sony Playstation penalty case. Anya is currently representing Morrisons in the first group litigation case concerning an alleged data breach. Anya has acted in over 60 cases for the Information Commissioner. She co-founded 11KBW’s highly regarded information law blog: panopticon.

PUBLIC LAW & HUMAN RIGHTS – Anya is listed by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading practitioner in the field of administrative and public law. She is routinely instructed in public law cases involving complex information rights issues, including Article 8 rights. However, she has also appeared in a wide array of more general public law cases. Her recent cases include WXYZ v Secretary of State for Health & Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA 1034 (CA – JR challenge to patient data sharing scheme); Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v XYZ (Children) & Secretary of State for Health [2015] 1 WLR 2501 (CA – application of Article 8 to police-held DNA data) and R (Plantagenet Alliance) v Secretary of State for Justice & University of Leicester [2015] 3 All ER 261 (HC – judicial review challenge to decision to reinter remains of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral). Anya’s human rights practice embraces all aspects of human rights law. Anya is currently acting for a wide array of interveners in an Article 10 before case the European Court of Human Rights concerning legal liability for the use of hyperlinks by journalistic organisations: Magyar Jeti v Hungary.

EMPLOYMENT - Anya is an extremely experienced and highly regarded employment law practitioner. She is recognised as a leading practitioner in this area by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. Chambers & Partners reports that Anya is ‘repeatedly singled out by respondents for her formidable presence in the employment tribunal, and for the meticulous approach she takes to her instructions’; comments include ‘She is deadly’, ‘Very, very thorough and extremely well prepared’. Anya’s employment practice covers all types of statutory claims as well as commercial employment disputes. She has appeared three times before the Privy Council in employment cases and is well known for her expertise in territorial jurisdiction (she appeared before the House of Lords in the leading case on territorial jurisdiction: Lawson v Serco). Anya’s recent employment cases include: a lengthy, high profile race and religious discrimination case for a bank: Biber v HSBC; a highly politically-charged whistle-blowing case involving a central London authority; a substantial high court employment dispute between an ex-CEO and his former employer and a case involving complex discrimination and victimisation claims brought by a senior lawyer against a world-renowned professional association.


Anya is a member of ELBA and ALBA.

Before converting to law at City University, Anya completed a PhD in international politics at the LSE. Her first degree was in social and political science at Cambridge University.


Magyar Jeti v Hungary
(2016, ongoing)
ECHR – liability of journalistic organisations for use of hyperlinks; rights to privacy and free expression
Satamedia v Finland
(2016 ongoing)
ECHR – liability for republication of tax data; rights to privacy and free expression
Haslam v Information Commissioner & Bolton Council
[2016] UKUT 139 (AAC)
UT – FOIA case concerning disclosure of data concerning councillor’s non-payment of council tax
[2016] EWHC
HC – injunction restraining disclosure of expert’s report on doctor’s competence by GMC
Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google Inc
[2015] 3 WLR 409
CA – legality of Google’s tracking of internet users’ browsing habits – permission granted by SC
Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v XYZ (Children) & Secretary of State for Health [2015] 1 WLR 2501
CA – application of Article 8 to police-held DNA data
WXYZ v Secretary of State for Health & Secretary of State for the Home Department
[2015] EWCA 1034
CA – privacy rights in connection with patient data-sharing scheme
Biber v HSBC
(ET – race/religious discrimination claims brought by a banker)
Kololo v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis
[2015] EWHC 600
HC – subject access request made by man on death row in Kenya
Zaw Lin & Anor v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis
[2015] EWHC 2484
HC – application of criminal law enforcement exemption in subject access case brought by two men accused of murder in Thailand
Dhooharika v Director of Public Prosecutions of Mauritius
[2015] AC 875
Privy Council – application of Article 10 to offence of scandalising the court
R (Plantagenet Alliance) v Secretary of State for Justice & University of Leicester
[2015] 3 All ER 261
HC – judicial review challenge to decision to reinter remains of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral
East Sussex v Information Commissioner
[2015] Case C-71/14 
CJEU – legality of charging arrangements under EU Directive on Access to Environmental Information
Steinmetz & Ors v Global Witness
[2014] EWHC 1186 (Ch)
HC – first UK case on the application of the journalistic exemption in the Data Protection Act 1998
FTV Russia Ltd v F.TV Limited
Commercial arbitration relating to television licensing agreement
Fish Legal v Information Commissioner & Ors
[2013] Case C-279/12
CJEU – application of definition of ‘public authority’ in the EU Directive on Access to Environmental Information
Sony Entertainment Europe Ltd v Information Commissioner 
IT - challenge to monetary penalty issued following hacking of Sony Playstation
Central London Community Healthcare Trust v Information Commissioner
[2013] 130 BMLR 135
UT – first ever challenge to monetary penalty notice under DPA 1998
Southampton City Council v Information Commissioner
[2013] 1 Info LR 458
IT – legality of local authority surveillance policy
Brown v Attorney General
[2013] EWHC 4802 (Admin)
HC– judicial review case concerning disclosure of secret practice direction relating to the sealing of royal wills
Peel v Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency & Valero
[2013] EWHC 614 (Admin)
HC - commercial judicial review challenge to decision by the Environment Agency concerning the reopening of a fuel terminal

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