Stuart Crook

Associate Solicitor

Stuart is an associate solicitor and leads the data protection and actions against public bodies teams at Stephensons. Stuart specialises in all aspects of data privacy and information law including:

  • Advising and assisting individuals and groups of individuals in bringing compensation claims for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, Misuse of Private Information and Breach of Confidence. 
  • Advising companies on how to ensure full and cost-effective compliance with data privacy, data protection and information law.
  • Advising individuals and organisations regarding erasure and “the right to be forgotten”.
  • Advising companies and other organisations in relation to the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) which comes into force on 25 May 2018.
  • Advising and assisting commercial organisations in defending complaints and claims brought against them for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, Misuse of Private Information and Breach of Confidence.

Stuart has substantial litigation experience and has advised and assisted clients with compensation claims, statutory appeals and judicial reviews against public bodies including the police, councils/local authorities, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Crown Prosecution Service, NHS Trusts and HM Courts & Tribunals Service. Stuart has successfully assisted clients in pursuing complex claims worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

For individuals

Claims for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, misuse of private information & breach of confidence.

If a company or public authority has failed, in their obligations to protect your personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998, then you may be able to claim compensation. In addition, if your personal data has been divulged to another person or organisation or if your personal data has been published in error, you may be able to claim damages for misuse of private information and/or breach of confidence. Stuart has assisted numerous individuals to recover damages in cases where they have sustained loss or have suffered distress because an organisation has unlawfully disclosed personal information to a third party either deliberately or by mistake, has failed to maintain accurate records or has in some other way violated the individual’s right to privacy. In some cases, a serious breach of your data privacy rights may lead to substantial loss and severe emotional distress. Stuart has advised and assisted numerous clients in this position. 

For business

Advice on compliance with data privacy law, Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000, health checks, systems audits, staff training, advice and assistance with subject access requests, complaints & ICO investigations.

Stuart advises private companies and organisations in relation to data protection and information governance matters – helping those organisations to ensure that they are complying with their legal obligations. This includes advising in relation to data protection policies and procedures as well as providing advice and assistance regarding all aspects of data protection law and the challenges faced by businesses in this area. Stuart also assists and represents companies who are find themselves defending claims brought against them for data privacy matters.