What can a privacy lawyer advise me on?


Privacy law is a rapidly developing and often hotly contested area of the law. English law recognises that individuals have the right to privacy. Under the European Convention of Human Rights (the ECHR), privacy rights are considered to be fundamental human rights. A privacy lawyer can help you protect and enforce your privacy rights in court under both English and European Convention law.

In recent years there have been some very high profile privacy-rights cases. For example, the wedding of celebrities Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas attracted a raft of litigation. The Douglases brought a privacy action against a high-profile magazine after some of their unauthorised photographers’ gate-crashed the wedding. The legal battle that ensued provided landmark rulings on privacy-law rights.

A privacy lawyer can help you with claims for breaches of Convention rights. This could involve alleged breaches of Article 8 of the ECHR which provides that an individual’s private and family life must be respected. For example, this guards against unlawful searches of one’s home. However, it should be noted that the definition of private and family life is quite broad; a privacy lawyer will be able to advise you on the scope of this right.

A privacy lawyer will also be able to assist you with confidentiality issues. For example, in an employment context, a privacy lawyer can draft confidentiality agreements to ensure that employees do not disclose confidential information that they have access to at work.

If you would like to obtain legal advice and information on privacy law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist privacy law lawyer free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local privacy lawyers please call us on 0800 1777 168 or complete the web form above.

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