Guevara Leacock

BCL’s Guevara Leacock admitted to the Bar of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court as a Barrister and Solicitor

BCL legal assistant Guevara Leacock has been admitted to the Bar of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and is now qualified to take instructions and act for persons living in that jurisdiction. Guevara is associated with a firm in his native St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a part of the Eastern Caribbean jurisdiction, with which he completed his internship. He is also qualified to be registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a Qualified Foreign Lawyer in the UK.

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TalkTalk and BA Data Breaches – Aftershocks!

The dust has not yet settled on the Information Commissioner’s fine imposed on British Airways (BA) in October 2020, but the company now faces the largest group claim over a data breach in the UK’s history. A similar claim has been brought against TalkTalk following a 2014/15 cyber-attack on the telecoms giant, though in that case far fewer people were affected. With not only hefty regulatory fines and reputational damage but also the threat of expensive civil litigation for data breaches, the pressure is on for data controllers and processors to check they are doing enough to protect their customers personal data.

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£18.4 million Marriott International GDPR fine announced by ICO; what did we learn?

On October 30th, 2020, The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) announced its fine of £18.4 million issued to Marriott International, Inc., (“Marriott”) for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). This is a significant decrease from the proposed fine of £99.2 million announced by the ICO in July 2019 (see our previous article here) against the background of Marriott’s security breach reported to have lasted some four years between 2014 to 2018, with the fine relating to the breach only from the point at which the GDPR came into force in May 2018. It is the second largest GDPR fine levied by the regulator thus far, behind that imposed on British Airways. To date, Marriott has not admitted liability for the breach, but the major international hotel operator has indicated that it does not plan to appeal the decision.

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ICO Muscle Flexing – Draft Guidance on Regulatory Action

Recent months have seen the media awash with warnings of the heightened data breach risks as many of us adapt to working from home. What an opportune moment then for the ICO to publish for consultation its draft guidance on how it will regulate and enforce data privacy laws in the UK post-Brexit, including issuing penalty notices for such breaches. Once finalised, the guidance will complement the ICO’s Regulatory Action Policy, setting out the watchdog’s  approach to the use of its regulatory tool kit and the punitive power it wields.

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The GDPR’s Second Birthday: Three Cheers But No Presents

The GDPR has just celebrated its second birthday and, to mark the occasion, the European Commission (‘EC’) has published an assessment of its effectiveness so far. While praising the ground-breaking data protection leviathan for what it has achieved to date, the EC has admitted that more needs to be done, particularly in the field of enforcement, if it is to create a genuinely level playing field for personal data rights across Europe and beyond.

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The new ‘Economic Crime’ levy: What it means for your business.

The government announced in its latest budget plans to introduce a new £100m levy on companies to fight economic crimes. The money garnered from companies could be used to boost public financing of law enforcement technology and in hiring more prosecutors and investigators. The new levy has the potential to affect big corporates, banks, investment firms, accounting firms, estate agents, independent legal advisors, casinos, trust service providers and any financial institution subject to UK Money Laundering Regulations.

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ICO muscle flexing: First British Airways now Marriott

Just over a year since the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) set new standards for protecting personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced its intention to issue its first penalty fines under the new regime. The ICO intends to impose an eye watering £183m fine for a data breach on the ‘world’s favourite airline’ British Airways (BA) and £99m on Marriott, an international hotel group.

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