As organisations face an ever increasing volume of civil claims seeking damages for trivial infringements of data protection law, the High Court in Wolfe & Others -v- Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP  EWHC 2809 (QB) has provided a welcome judgment dismissing such a claim in circumstances where it was implausible that any distress had been suffered.
The claim related to a single email with attachments sent by the Defendant law firm on 17 July 2019. The Defendant represented a school to which the first two Claimants owed a sum of money, and the school had instructed the Defendant to write to them with a demand for payment. The email consisted of a letter and a copy of the statement of account. Due to an error by a Defendant employee, the email was sent to the wrong person. That person responded promptly indicating that they thought the email was not intended for them and thereafter confirmed its deletion.