Careful Now! The Legal Perils of Poor Information Quality Fergal Crehan BL
Sources of Liability <ul><li>Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. The Data Protection Acts </li></ul><ul><li>Common Law </li...
TORT A tort is a civil wrong. It is behaviour, by act or omission, which though not necessarily criminal, creates a liabil...
Relevant Torts <ul><li>Negligence </li></ul><ul><li>Defamation </li></ul><ul><li>Passing Off </li></ul>
Ingredients of Negligence <ul><li>A Duty of Care </li></ul><ul><li>A Breach of Duty </li></ul><ul><li>Loss or Damage </li>...
Hedley Byrne & Co Limited v Heller & Partners Limited <ul><li>Bank gave credit reference regarding a company to Hedley Byr...
The  Hedley Byrne  Principle where “ a person takes it upon himself to give information or advice to, or allows his inform...
Where  Hedley Byrne  Applies <ul><li>For this principle to apply, three key ingredients are required: </li></ul><ul><li>Th...
Foreseeability “ Reasonably Foreseeable as the natural and probable cause of one's actions”
Standard of Care How far does the Duty of Care extend?
Defamation Where a false statement is published about a person which tends to lower that person in the eyes of right-think...
Defamatory Allegations <ul><li>Criminality </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Incompetence </li></ul><ul><li>Deception </li></...
Defences <ul><li>Justification </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Comment </li></ul><ul><li>Privelege </li></ul>
Harassment Ferguson v British Gas Protection from Harassment Act, 1997
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In this presentation, Irish Barrister (lawyer) Fergal Crehan outlines a number of the key areas where poor quality information can get you sued.

During the live presentation, Fergal made the very significant point that being sued and losing is only marginally worse than being sued and winning - because all that people remember when the dust has settled is that you were sued.

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  1. 1. Careful Now! The Legal Perils of Poor Information Quality Fergal Crehan BL
  2. 2. Sources of Liability <ul><li>Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. The Data Protection Acts </li></ul><ul><li>Common Law </li></ul><ul><li>Case-law, precedent </li></ul>
  3. 3. TORT A tort is a civil wrong. It is behaviour, by act or omission, which though not necessarily criminal, creates a liability for any damage consequently caused to another party
  4. 4. Relevant Torts <ul><li>Negligence </li></ul><ul><li>Defamation </li></ul><ul><li>Passing Off </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ingredients of Negligence <ul><li>A Duty of Care </li></ul><ul><li>A Breach of Duty </li></ul><ul><li>Loss or Damage </li></ul><ul><li>A Causal Link Between the Breach and the Damage or Loss </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hedley Byrne & Co Limited v Heller & Partners Limited <ul><li>Bank gave credit reference regarding a company to Hedley Byrne, who relied upon it </li></ul><ul><li>Company turned out not to be credit-worthy </li></ul><ul><li>Hedley Byrne out of pocket </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Hedley Byrne Principle where “ a person takes it upon himself to give information or advice to, or allows his information or advice to be passed on to another person who, as he knows or should know, will place reliance upon it, then a Duty of Care will arise ”
  8. 8. Where Hedley Byrne Applies <ul><li>For this principle to apply, three key ingredients are required: </li></ul><ul><li>The plaintiff must have relied on the data </li></ul><ul><li>It must have been reasonably foreseeable that the plaintiff would do so </li></ul><ul><li>There must exist a special relationship of some sort between plaintiff and defendant. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Foreseeability “ Reasonably Foreseeable as the natural and probable cause of one's actions”
  10. 10. Standard of Care How far does the Duty of Care extend?
  11. 11. Defamation Where a false statement is published about a person which tends to lower that person in the eyes of right-thinking members of society
  12. 12. Defamatory Allegations <ul><li>Criminality </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Incompetence </li></ul><ul><li>Deception </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Behaviour </li></ul>
  13. 13. Defences <ul><li>Justification </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Comment </li></ul><ul><li>Privelege </li></ul>
  14. 14. Harassment Ferguson v British Gas Protection from Harassment Act, 1997

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