R (May) v Chartered Institute of Management Accountants [2013] EWHC 1574

The case involved the circulation via email of a letter headed “ strictly private and confidential” from the Chief Executive of the CIMA in response to an email from her. She circulated it to members of the Council of which she was also a member. She was found guilty of professional misconduct and breach of CIMA’s Code of Ethics for failing to respect confidentiality. The court of appeal found that the Code required that the breach be concerned with information acquired by her as a specific result of the professional relationship with the Chief Executive. This information had not arisen in such a context and therefore did not constitute a breach. Her appeal was allowed.