Fortunately, the client approached Quentin pre-charge and he was able to liaise with the investigators at an early stage in order to try to ensure that the investigation moved in a direction favourable to his client. He secured her representation at an interview under caution, drafted a comprehensive pre-prepared statement and thereafter made detailed representations to the ICO about the detrimental effect of a conviction upon the client both personally and professionally.
Following receipt of the representations, the ICO made the decision that they would not prosecute and offered Quentin’s client a Caution under section 55 of the Act. An ICO caution is not a criminal conviction and is not registerable on the Police National Computer. This was a major victory for the client who needed a clean DBS record for her employment.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a data protection offence, it is vital that you secure experienced and tactically aware representation. Quentin Hunt is a criminal barrister with a formidable reputation for dealing with Data Protection Act offences. You may contact Quentin for a free, no obligation conversation about your case.