Lewis Bretts

Year of Call: 2012


  • “Mr. Bretts was more than just impressive… covered every detail leaving nothing to chance, I have to say he was worth every penny of his fee.”

    Instructing Client

Education

Nottingham Law School – BPTC (Very Competent)
Nottingham Law School – LLB
University of York, BA Politics (First Class)
University of California, San Diego
Oundle School, Northampton
Sir Christopher Benson Scholar (Middle Temple)
Provost’s Award For Academic Achievement (UCSD)


Professional Memberships

Northern Circuit of the Bar
Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
Appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Regional C Panel - 2018


  • “Mr. Bretts was more than just impressive… covered every detail leaving nothing to chance, I have to say he was worth every penny of his fee.”

    Instructing Client

Lewis has a broad business and property practice with a particular focus on the law relating to information, privacy, and technology. He has previously been instructed to advise and represent government departments, local authorities, and major PLC’s. He is presently retained by a government department to advise on GDPR compliance.

 

Information, Privacy and Technology

Lewis has a particular interest in information, privacy, and technology and many of his instructions touch and concern these areas. By way of example he has previously:

–        been seconded to a Government Department on a part time basis to advise on GDPR and wider information law compliance. Lewis has been closely involved in developing the department’s compliance strategy and has drafted, reviewed and advised upon various documents including privacy notices, MoU’s, and internal policies.

–         been instructed in a number of cases to act as Independent Counsel to advise upon legal professional privilege in relation to seized material. This has included reviewing, assessing and advising upon hard copy and electronic material during the execution of the warrant and subsequently in the presence of defence counsel.

–         coordinated and advised upon a significant document review and redaction exercise for a government department following a press request for various classes of information citing the judgment in Kennedy v The Charity Commission [2014] UKSC 20.

–         advised a local authority on its rights and liabilities in respect of a confidential internal report which had been ‘leaked’ to the media by persons unknown.

–        acted for an investigating authority seeking access to confidential information held on a Court file

–         advised and represented a company which had been the subject of an ex-parte third party disclosure order requiring it to disclose sensitive personal data contrary to the wishes of the data subject.

–         defended a number of claims for damages for alleged non-compliance with the Data Protection Act

–         acted on behalf of an individual facing contempt proceedings where it was alleged his Article 6 rights were infringed by virtue of non-disclosure of relevant evidence.

–       acted in a dispute between landlord and tenant concerning power consumption where an office unit had been used for commercial cryptocurrency ‘mining’.

–         been instructed by number of individuals seeking to prevent the republication of misleading information held by credit reference agencies.

–         been instructed to advise upon and lead document review and redaction exercises.

 

Commercial and Chancery

Lewis has experience of the full spectrum of commercial and chancery litigation, including financial services disputes, construction disputes, sale of goods claims, partnership and probate disputes, property, boundary and land disputes as well as general contractual disputes. Lewis has acted for the SSBEIS in director disqualification aims, is routinely instructed in insolvency matters and has appeared in matters concerning the enforcement of non-domestic rates.

 

Regulatory, Licensing and Proceeds of Crime/Civil Forfeiture

Lewis has previously appeared in various regulatory, licensing and confiscation/forfeiture cases both for the Defence and on behalf of local authorities, HMRC, the NCA and the UKBA.

 

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Natty v Argos PLC (EWHC 2017)
Instructed by Argos to defend a product liability claim valued at £20m. The case was covered by a number of national newspapers including the Telegraph, Daily Mail, and the Manchester Evening News.

Re A Local Authority
Instructed to advise a local authority on its rights and liabilities following the publication of a confidential internal report which had been an ‘leaked’ by persons unknown.

Re A Government Department
Instructed to advise a government department as to whether archive material should be disclosed following a request citing the judgment of the Supreme Court in Kennedy and to lead the review and redaction of that material. Undertook an extensive consultation, review and redaction exercise.

Independent Counsel
Lewis has also been instructed on a number of occasions to act as Independent Counsel to advise on LPP material during and following the execution of search warrants.

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