Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Defamation/Privacy - All Circuits
Anya Proops QC has an impressive depth of expertise in data protection, media and information law. She is widely viewed as spearheading the move towards the use of the Data Protection Act in the protection of reputation.
Strengths: "She articulates the arguments well, getting to the nub of the issues, and her advocacy is excellent. She is also authoritative with her advice and committed to the case." "She is very clever, incredibly responsive and has a good strategic brain."
Recent work: Represented Diligence, a private investigations firm, in a privacy claim of breach of data protection, misuse of private information and protection from harassment, brought by a solicitor in a legal battle with ENRC, who he alleged commissioned surveillance of him.
Group Litigation - All Circuits
Anya Proops QC is a leading silk in the group action space. She has acted in numerous important cases clarifying the law on both group litigation orders and representative actions, typically concerning data privacy. Proops defends tech giants or other major data controllers in such matters.
Strengths: "She is so tenacious and she argues difficult and novel points with such conviction." "She has excellent strategic knowledge, great judgement and clear advocacy."
Recent work: Acted in Various Claimants v Morrisons, a group litigation claim under the Data Protection Act 2018 concerning an incident where the payroll information of 100,000 employees was uploaded onto the internet by a rogue employee.
Employment - London (Bar)
Anya Proops QC is a well-known silk who can boast wide experience across the spectrum of employment law. She is commended for her expertise in whistle-blowing and discrimination claims, as well as in applications for injunctions, and matters crossing over with data and information law.
Strengths: "She is so tenacious and she argues difficult and novel points with such conviction." "She digests huge amounts of material very quickly. Great with clients and unflappable in her advice."
Recent work: Defended Michael Hulme in a High Court injunction case brought by his employer, who claimed that he had unlawfully and criminally hacked into the computer system and taken a significant amount of data for the purposes of assisting with a whistle-blowing claim.
Data Protection - London (Bar)
Anya Proops QC takes a leading role in many of the most prominent cases in the data protection field. She tackles critical disputes in relation to subjects including data breaches, subject access disclosure and the right to be forgotten. Her clients comprise a broad range of internationally active data controller entities.
Strengths: "The go-to data protection expert counsel, terrifically knowledgeable and pragmatic." "She has got a practice that I would aspire to have." "She's very clever, strategic, responsive and hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for British Airways in defence of a group litigation action concerning a cyber-attack which resulted in over four hundred thousand customers' personal data being compromised.
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Practice Areas: privacy, data protection, media, group litigation, employment law, public law, sports law. Cases include: Weaver v British Airways (HC - group litigation data breach case), Atkins v Equifax Information Services (HC – representative action data breach case); Various Claimants v Morrisons (SC – vicarious liability for employee data breach); Facebook v Information Commissioner (FTT – challenge to penalty imposed on Facebook in connection with Cambridge Analytica); Experian v Information Commissioner (FTT – legality of data broking activities); Vidal-Hall v Google (CA– legality of tracking of internet browsing habits); NT1 v Google (HC - first UK right to be forgotten case); Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing (CA - application of subject access regime); Magyar Jeti v Hungary (ECtHR – whether media organisations strictly liable for hyperlinking to unlawful third party content); Zverev v Ace (HC – sports restraint of trade case) Whyte v CBS (HC – legality of publication of drugs test results).
Called in 1998. Appointed Queen's Counsel in 2016.
Co-founder of the information law blog Panopticonblog.com. Contributor to Tolley's 'Employment Handbook'. Contributor to ‘International Employment Disputes’.
Cambridge (BA); London School of Economics (PhD); City University (CPE).