Rehabilitation of Offenders
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act confers certain privileges. It does not attempt to go beyond the grant of those limited privileges to provide a right of confidentiality in respect of spent convictions. While the 1974 Act in some respects may place an individual with spent convictions in the same position as someone with no convictions, it does not do so by rendering the convictions confidential; it does so simply by putting in place a regime which protects an individual from being prejudiced by the existence of such convictions.
Per Neuberger M in L v The Law Society  EWCA Civ 811.
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