Mark Harries successfully defends former PCC of Northamptonshire for data breaches.

Mark Harries, instructed by Paul Schofield of Farleys Solicitors, acted for Adam Simmonds, the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, facing an unprecedented prosecution alleging breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 arising out the disclosure of sensitive police briefings relating to a criminal investigation into a sitting MP.

The 3 week trial at Southwark before Mr Justice Green heard evidence from 4 MPs, 2 Chief Constables and a number of county councillors. The Crown alleged that the disclosures were politically motivated. The Defence deployed the statutory defences within s.55 of the Act.

The Jury was unable to reach a verdict and the Crown decided against a retrial in proceedings Green J described as “very novel, complex and sensitive.”
A not guilty verdict was entered and a defendant’s costs order, to include legal costs, was made in Mr Simmonds’ favour.

You can read more about this case in the following articles:-

BBC News - Adam Simmonds trial: Peter Bone 'amazed' details of fraud probe shared

BBC News - No retrial for ex-PCC over MP police probe

Northamptonshire Telegraph - Adam Simmonds Trial: Northampton MP reveals discussions with commissioner over investigation


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Date: 01/08/2017