A former senior manager of Coutts, a wholly owned bank of RBS, Roger Quirk has admitted breaking the Data Protection law set by Office of the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland.

Quirk took hundreds of pages of files from Coutts’ Jersey office two years ago before joining Clariden Leu in London.

Deputy Data Protection Commissioner Paul Vane was quoted by BBC as saying that it was in the first prosecution of its kind in the island and the case highlighted a growing trend.

Quirk, who originally hails from New Zealand, was given a clean chit by the court after returning the 300 pages of documents to Coutts.

Vane 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.

"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," Vane added.