What We Do

Our privacy solicitors are specialists in cases of privacy being breached. We represent hundreds of people every year who have had their private information or company details leaked against their will.

The law in the UK recognises that everyone is entitled to a private life. The introduction of the Human Rights Act, which incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into our legislation, means that a person may bring a claim for breach of confidence where there has been wrongful disclosure of private information.

When considering whether information is private, the Court will consider whether there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to such information.

Particular categories of private information can be regarded as:

  • Private details such as intimate conversations or revelations
  • An individual's state of health and medical treatments
  • Personal identity including photographs
  • Any financial information
  • Details regarding sexual relationships
  • An individual’s home and family life

Information will not be considered by the Court as ‘private’ if the information relates to a matter of public interest, if the information is trivial or if the information is already in the public domain and accessible to the public.

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

Our expert lawyers not only help public figures and the rich and famous with privacy claims. We can help bring a claim for breach of privacy on behalf of any individual whose details relating to their family, finances, sex life and personal relationships are published without consent.

If you are seeking to prevent the publication of private information, it may be possible to persuade a publisher to think again on an article, change the content or, in some cases, obtain an injunction.

If you wish to seek legal advice first before making a claim, our lawyers can assist and advise you regarding the best way forward.

If private information has already been published, we can help you seek damages, often through negotiation without the need for legal proceedings.

Contact Us

Give our team a call today on 0808 291 4133 or get in touch online.

Recent Work

Client who was filmed

Advised an individual who was filmed by a Channel 4 film crew for a television series.

Leaked information in the press

Advised individuals who have been subject to the unjustified disclosure of private information to the press.

County and High Court proceedings

Acting for Claimants and Defendants in proceedings issued in the County and High Courts.

Testimonials & Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

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"They are very responsive, very thorough, and maintain dialogue with the client as though they were part of the team."

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"Irwin Mitchell adopt a calm and considered approach to litigation, which is reassuring and sets them apart from other legal teams."

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"The practice’s strength in commercial litigation is to be able to provide an expert and focused service that remains personal and client-responsive."

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Awards & Accreditations

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

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Find one of our solicitors near you

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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