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W&B Event: The Art Of Keeping A Secret: Privacy, Confidentiality And Data Protection

Join us for this training and networking event in the Henry Mendus Room at our new Bladon Office on Wednesday 5 July 2017 

Whether deliberately or not, both companies and individuals rely on confidentiality to protect their assets and their reputations. What can they do to strengthen the duties of employees and others, and what can be done when they are breached?

  • Some of the most famous trade secrets in the world are those of multinational corporations, but small and medium-sized enterprises rely heavily on confidentiality to protect secret processes, business plans and customer lists. When an employee leaves for a competitor, the value in such assets can quickly be lost unless steps are taken to enforce those duties.
  • Private individuals rely on evolving privacy laws to protect the most personal details of their lives from publication. It is now increasingly common to rely on data protection legislation as well as privacy rights and defamation to prevent the publication of embarrassing details in the press.
  • Data protection legislation also allows individuals to exercise control over private companies in an unprecedented way. It also provides a regulatory aspect that can supplement proceedings regarding the theft of confidential information in the context of employees.

This course will provide an introduction to and overview of the following topics:

  • Trade secrets and confidential information as business assets
  • Maintaining confidentiality in and after employment
  • Privacy rights and reputation management
  • Data protection – regulating privacy rights
  • Enforcement – injunctions, super-injunctions, damages, group litigation


Nicholas Mitchell is Head of Contentious IT for White & Black. He regularly advises clients on confidentiality, data protection and defamation issues. He has written a chapter on trade secrets and confidential information for Intellectual Property Strategy (published by Globe Law and Business in April 2017) and is the co-author of a series of practice notes on cybersecurity and data protection matters for Practical Law.

Victoria Wright is Head of Dispute Resolution for White & Black.She has considerable practical experience in confidentiality and injunction proceedings, particularly in the context of employee and director disputes.


Wednesday 5 July 2017

3.30pm – Registration and coffee

4.00pm – Talk by Nicholas Mitchell

5.20pm – Q&A with Nicholas Mitchell and Victoria Wright

5.30pm-6.00pm – Networking and drinks


RSVP on Eventbrite here or email

Disclaimer: This article is produced for and on behalf of White & Black Limited, which is a limited liability company registered in England and Wales with registered number 06436665. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The contents of this article should be viewed as opinion and general guidance, and should not be treated as legal advice.

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