What we do: Data protection & GDPR legal advice
As the owner of a growing business, protecting your company data is vital, alongside complying with strict new data protection regulations contained in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. And with the new ePrivacy Regulation coming into effect, your business will face even more regulatory burden. It’s important to be prepared.
Our data protection solicitors can advise you on a range of data protection law, from what is covered by data protection, preventing breaches and violations to who needs to register, and following the principles in the Data Protection Act 2018.
With the GDPR in full swing since 25 May 2018, you will need legal advice on your existing data and privacy processes to make sure you remain compliant with this new regulation.
We can provide an expert service, covering all data protection issues your business could encounter. Our service includes explaining and dealing with:
- Your obligations under the current Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR
- When you need to appoint a data protection officer and their duties of governance
- Data retention and when records should be destroyed
- Any registration processes
- Complaints made to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
- Formal enforcement action by the regulator (ICO)
- Data breach issues, including reporting
- Drafting data protection policies and processes
- Your data processing and sharing agreements
- Due diligence when appointing new business partners
- Subject access requests and the new subject rights under GDPR
- Buying and selling databases
- Electronic communications and marketing
- Data protection assessments and audits
- Data export issues with countries outside of Europe that do not provide “an adequate level of protection” under EU law, such as data transfer and international cloud computing
- Contractual agreements and data protection clauses to protect your business
- Conducting a data privacy impact assessment
- Staff training
- Your obligations over the handling of employee data, recruitment and monitoring practices
You can find out more about these data protection issues in our Data Protection FAQs.
We’ve also hosted a two-part webinar on data protection and GDPR, which you can watch recordings of in the videos below:
Who we help: Data protection for businesses
We’ve advised multiple businesses on their data protection requirements and drafted a range of documents to help manage these issues in the future. We work with businesses of every size, whether they are:
- data controllers, or
- data processors
As a business owner who may be a data controller or data processor, you can expect strict rules and expensive fines for failing to comply with guidelines set by data regulators such as the ICO. It’s important to remember that fines are no longer capped at £500,000.
Why choose our data protection solicitors?
Our data protection solicitors promise to work with you and provide clear, jargon-free advice that allows you to manage your business while complying with various data protection rules. Additionally, some of our legal staff are member of the International Association of Privacy Individuals (IAPP).
With the regulation of personal data coming under increasing scrutiny, organisations can expect tighter rules and higher fines for non-compliance. In this technical area, we provide clear commercial advice that allows you to manage your business effectively, while remaining compliant.
The law around data protection is constantly adapting and changing, so we’ll also advise you on an ongoing basis regarding any new legislation or laws being introduced that could have an impact on your business.
Read our latest data protection posts in our advice centre.
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Commercial and Data Protection Solicitor
Lillian previously worked in private practice and in-house (litigation and non-litigation) in the City of London, advising on the legal and commercial dilemmas any organisation faces.View profile
Rana is a commercial solicitor specialising in commercial contracts, data protection and financial services.View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.
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