The House of Lords' decision in the case of Douglas v Hello (OBG and others (appellants) v Allan and others (respondents), Douglas and another (appellants) v Hello and others (respondents), Mainstream Properties (appellant) v Young and others (respondents)  is a significant development in the law of confidentiality and has provoked some heated debate among lawyers. There appears to be a divide between those who view the decision as bringing a welcome extension to the law of confidentiality and those who are concerned it gives rise to confusion in the courts over what exactly constitutes confidential information. From the judgment itself it would seem that Lord Hoffman takes the view that there is neither extension nor confusion. The judgment is simply a restatement of established principles.
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