How we can help: Developing and implementing the right GDPR compliance strategy
Our GDPR compliance solicitors work with businesses of all sizes in a variety of sectors so we’re able to quickly understand the precise GDPR compliance requirements that apply to you. We have a dedicated team that helps exclusively with GDPR compliance. Our work includes:
- GDPR compliance risk assessments, including advice on storing personal data correctly so that you minimise the risk of a data breach.
- Drafting privacy policies that communicate the way you process data in a GDPR-compliant way (concise, clearly worded and transparent).
- GDPR compliance checks on contractual terms and conditions used in the course of your business, including reviews of data sharing agreements.
- Reviewing agreements if you are considering outsourcing GDPR compliance to third parties.
- Advice on data retention policies, ensuring you only retain data you need and that there is a continued lawful basis for processing.
- Helping you implement protocols for staff responding to consent queries and subject access requests.
- Carrying out privacy impact assessments arising in the course of your business, for example when engaging a third-party IT system.
- Reviewing contracts and data sharing agreements.
- Staff training to highlight the importance and benefits of GDPR compliance.
- Advising on the appointment of appropriate data protection officers (DPOs) and ensuring individuals have the required in-depth understanding of GDPR compliance and the consequences of GDPR non-compliance.
- Using our GDPR compliance experts to carry out bespoke data protection audits and providing follow-up support to deal with any identified shortcomings in your data protection policies
- Navigating the Brexit transition, ensuring you have everything in place to remain compliant after the transition period ends such as assessing whether or not you need to appoint a European representative.
What our clients say
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Lameece Nagib, Head of Operations
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Julian Cook, CEO and Co-Founder
The on-demand service we get from Harper James allows us to combine their expertise with that of our own in-house counsel. It means we can get quick and trustworthy legal advice from specialists in every legal area, as and when we need it. There are no hidden extras and the service we have received has always demonstrated an awareness of our fast-moving commercial requirements.
Amelia Guilfoyle, Head of legal
Harper James solicitors don’t speak in the legalese which I have heard too many times from other solicitors and which is totally unhelpful. What I’m after is focused, considered advice about the specific situations that I face. By which I mean, do you think this is a good idea? Their response might be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. One word is often all I’m looking for! My solicitor gives a view and I really value that.
Tom Davenport, MD & Co-Founder
We initially turned to Harper James for help in one part of our business but quickly realised we could benefit from their support in other areas too. The level of service has been impressive. What I like about Harper James is they seem to take a proactive approach to legal services provision. They’ve looked at our business and made suggestions as to areas where they can best focus their support and expertise. It is reassuring to have a legal services provider like that working alongside you.
Heidi Ayton, Chief of Compliance
Harper James Solicitors provides excellent value for money and helps to cover gaps in specialist areas of legal practice. Using an outside legal provider enables us, as a business, to better manage our internal resources, the volume of work we have and to deal with our level of overall risk. I would undoubtedly recommend them to others.
Robert Cowling, General Counsel
What are the benefits of putting together a data protection strategy?
Improves GDPR compliance
Businesses don’t have a choice about GDPR compliance. A well thought-out data protection strategy that’s appropriate for your organisation gives you and your employees the best chance of complying with data protection law. It will demonstrate to the ICO that you are GDPR compliant and help you avoid breaches and subsequent fines or other regulatory sanctions.
Separates key roles
Through our GDPR consulting work we often encounter confusion within businesses about roles and responsibilities of key data protection staff. When you implement a data protection strategy you’ll also be able to identify key data protection personnel, including data protection officers, data controllers and data processors and ensure each understands their obligations.
Increases staff awareness of GDPR
GDPR compliance in any company will only be truly effective if there is a culture of compliance and respect for personal data. A GDPR compliance strategy that encompasses staff training and ongoing support will ensure that every member of staff understands the importance of GDPR compliance and the consequences for the business of a data breach or any other form of GDPR non-compliance.
Helps Assess Risk
The ICO now has significant powers to fine and penalise companies for GDPR non-compliance. Developing a compliance strategy and regularly auditing GDPR compliance will force you to consider key GDPR issues such as your basis for processing data and the rights of data subjects. The risk assessment exercise will help you identify gaps in your data policies and address these before any regulatory intervention occurs.
Who we help: Small and medium-sized businesses concerned about GDPR compliance
Our data protection lawyers work with businesses large and small – across the country – to develop coherent and practical GDPR compliance strategies that address all issues raised by the new data protection landscape. Every business will have different compliance requirements. For some companies meeting GDPR requirements may not be too onerous. For others, GDPR compliance will represent a significant diversion of resources. But the repercussions of any significant breach of GDPR or loss of data are likely to be severe for any business. Our team is here to help prevent that.
Examples of our work
Sainsbury’s toxic cat food recall: Do product recall emails constitute ‘direct marketing’?
12 August 2021
Sainsbury’s failed to warn cat owners of a toxic cat food product after customers who had opted out of email marketing were excluded from important …
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 …
Supporting SonicJobs’ launch of game-changing new job search tool
11 December 2020
Harper James Solicitors has supported HR tech disruptors SonicJobs with the launch of their game-changing new mobile app. SonicJobs has created job search 2.0: the …
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 …
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, …
Feeling at home supporting Zoopla’s in-house counsel
1 October 2020
It is one the country’s most-visited websites for people looking to buy, sell, rent or lease a property. In the past three months, property tech …
Top UK start-up credits Harper James for early success
27 August 2020
With many companies planning to keep working from home policies in place post-lockdown, one issue is becoming increasingly important. How do you ensure a remote workforce …
Hopin grow sixfold and show no signs of stopping
5 August 2020
Hopin is one of the fastest growing start-ups around. Their game-changing service lets users watch and interact with events virtually, broadcasts live events for up …
Hospify: The healthcare messenger that’s coming of age in the era of Covid-19
30 April 2020
Hospify’s time is now. As one of the outlier companies that’s thriving in the challenging era of COVID-19, the healthtech start-up’s messaging platform is in …
Empty places to community spaces: Harper James supports Meanwhile Space’s leases and tenants
6 November 2019
When your community interest company’s main mission is to turn empty spaces – unused shops, railway arches, former petrol stations – into thriving community hubs, you come …
Why choose Harper James Solicitors?
Our team is made up of experienced legal professionals, many of whom have worked in industry as data protection officers and advisers. We have built up working relationships with the ICO and other relevant institutions, and some of us are members of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) meaning we keep track of emerging global developments in the data protection sphere. Data protection law is detailed and technical. We translate the jargon and legalese into clear and transparent advice that you and your staff will understand.
Find out more about the team here:
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
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
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.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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