GDPR Compliance

GDPR compliance is now an essential part of running your business and securing your commercial reputation.

Our data protection lawyers can ensure that you meet all GDPR compliance challenges – across all areas of your business. We enhance our technical advice by helping you implement best practice procedures and through ongoing training of your key data protection staff.

How we can help: Developing and implementing the right GDPR compliance strategy

Our GDPR compliance solicitors work with businesses of all sizes in a wide range 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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What are the benefits of putting together a data protection strategy?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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Pricing plans

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:

City

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.

Enterprise

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.

On-Demand

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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