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.
Examples of our work
The EU’s UK data protection adequacy decision and why it matters
30 June 2021
On 28 June 2021, the European Union (EU) officially adopted the adequacy decisions allowing data to continue flowing freely to the UK. The UK adequacy …
New standard contractual clauses for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries
9 June 2021
Does your business transfer personal data from the EU to third countries? On 4 June, the European Commission published its long-awaited decision adopting new SCCs for the …
How the latest AI HR technology landed Uber in legal bother
20 April 2021
Uber’s employment practices have been back in the news again, for all the wrong reasons. A court in Amsterdam, where the ride-sharing company has its …
As BP plan for more home-working, are businesses forgetting the cyber risks?
11 March 2021
BP has reportedly told office-based staff this week that they will be expected to spend two days a week working from home once lockdown restrictions …
Supporting Growth Engineering’s journey from Brexit to B Corp and beyond
5 March 2021
Growth Engineering are, by their own admission, waging a war on dull online learning in a competitive global sector. Founded by trailblazing entrepreneur Juliette Denny …
A perfect partnership: how our on-demand support is empowering FleetCor
2 March 2021
FleetCor is among an increasing number of clients turning to Harper James Solicitors to innovatively integrate their legal support services. By subscribing to our On-Demand legal …
TikTok to face the music for possible children’s data breach
7 January 2021
A 12-year-old British girl is planning legal action against video-sharing giant TikTok, in a case which could have major repercussions for social media companies and …
Harper James Solicitors double up on data protection expertise with two new appointments
10 November 2020
Harper James Solicitors is pleased to announce the expansion of its data protection team with the appointment of two industry-leading solicitors. David Sant and Becky …
Getting Yyoma legally ready to launch a new streaming service
3 November 2020
An innovative new video streaming platform from tech start-up Yyoma will provide educational and entertaining content for kids from black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities. Aimed …
Gorilla in our midst: helping Cauldron Science to scale their experiment builder
28 October 2020
Like many UK tech start-ups, Cambridge-based Cauldron Science have done battle against 2020’s hostile forces and come out on top. Coronavirus may have prevented many …
Enabling digital marketing experts Croud to stand out
15 October 2020
With full-time teams working from offices in London, Shrewsbury, New York and Sydney, digital marketing agency Croud boasts a global network of over 2,000 experts. Together, …
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
Data protection and privacy solicitor
With a wealth of expertise in privacy, data protection, GDPR and cyber-security law, Clive’s distinguished legal career spans three decades in private practice and the public sector.View profile
IT & Commercial Solicitor
With over 15 years of in-house experience in the IT sector, Rob specialises in drafting and negotiating all manner of commercial agreements.View profile
Commercial Technology & Data Protection Solicitor
David is a commercial solicitor, specialising in technology and data protection. He joins us having worked as in-house counsel for the BBC and OUP.View profile
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