Jersey banker guilty of stealing files from employer

A senior manager who used to work in one of Jersey's top banks has been found guilty of taking client files from his old employer to a new job.

Roger Quirk, 44, admitted three counts of breaking the Data Protection Law.

He took hundreds of pages of files when he left his position as senior client partner at Coutts' Jersey office for a new role in London two years ago.

Deputy Data Protection Commissioner Paul Vane said it was in the first prosecution of its kind in the island.

He said the case highlighted a growing trend and said there were three similar investigations on the books at the moment.

'Doesn't look good'

Quirk, who is originally from New Zealand and left Coutts to work for Clariden Leu, was given an absolute discharge by the court.

Mr Vane, who led the investigation, praised the companies involved for fully co-operating with the inquiry.

He said Coutts had taken all of the necessary steps in terms of data protection training and policies with its staff including Quirk, and that Clariden Leu had taken immediate action when they were told their new employee had been approaching former clients from their offices.

Quirk has returned 300 pages of documents to the Jersey firm.

"This kind of misuse of personal information is a serious offence, and we will use our powers to take action against those who break the law.

"Regardless of the sentence passed down by the Magistrate's Court this morning, a conviction for breaking the Data Protection Law doesn't look very good on the CV of anyone who wants to work with sensitive information, and we hope that this case will act as a warning," said Mr Vane.

This story was amended on 27 February 2015 to clarify that imprisonment was not a potential outcome for this breach of the data protection law.

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