Overview

The text of the long-awaited EC General Data Protection Regulation has now been confirmed, with the legislation likely to come into force in the EU in 2018. Businesses and organisations will need expert advice to ensure compliance and adapt to the new administrative and reporting requirements.  

We understand that data protection regulation can be intimidating. Our data protection lawyers are skilled in making complex issues simple to understand. We work closely with our clients to identify their needs and deliver practical, commercial and straightforward advice.

Our specialist data protection lawyers can help with all aspects of data protection regulation, from simple ad hoc queries and analysis, dealing with investigations by the ICO, to full scale compliance audits.

We also offer a data protection briefing service and a data protection helpdesk which assists clients with their queries on European data protection regulation. The helpdesk offers both 'response' and 'fix' times to clients via dedicated email addresses.

Areas of focus

Our data protection expertise includes the following:

  • Structuring data protection audits including the development of questionnaires and project plans.
  • Developing and reviewing data protection policies, procedures, statements and handbooks.
  • Advising on compliant international data transfers.
  • Producing data protection presentations and workshops within your organisation.
  • Producing impact assessments and monitoring employees using CCTV, email monitoring and private investigators.
  • Responses to subject access requests.
  • In-house training programmes, workshops and seminars.
  • Compliant disclosure of sensitive or 'special category' information.
Experience

Advising a major PLC joint venture on whether employee data could be made available to a joint venture partner investigating claims of theft of physical assets raised by a whistle-blower.

Providing tactical advice to a major bank on dealing with the inadvertent release of inappropriate data to a debtor seeking to use the release as a bargaining chip.

Advising one of the world’s largest industrial companies on the extent to which information could be sent by a UK subsidiary to its US parent to enable the parent to pursue a claim in the US for breach of warranty under an acquisition agreement against the previous owner of the UK subsidiary.

Advising a non-UK bank on exporting EU customer data to non-EEA branches.

Advising a US pharmaceutical company on the development of binding corporate rules.

Advising an international car company on data protection audit of its UK operations.

Advising international pensions trustees on data protection compliance on entering into 'buy-in' contract with Legal & General.

Advising a state body on data protection audit of its operations.

Advising an international company on developing data protection handbooks.

Advising an America's Cup challenger on data protection, e-privacy restrictions and direct marketing procedures in the EU and the compliant exprt of personal data.

Advising US corporations on alternatives to 'safe harbor'.

Advising a UK financial services company on compliant monitoring of employees' activities under the EU data protection regime including the production of impact assessments in respect of monitoring.

Advising an international transport passenger group on data protection and e-privacy issues arising in connection with its student railcard website.

Advising a direct marketing company on its compliant establishment of a UK lottery utilising players' personal data.

Meet the team
Andrew Dunlop

Andrew Dunlop Partner

  • Head of Outsourcing
  • Head of Technology
  • Head of Data Protection
Roger Bull

Roger Bull Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • Employment Disputes
  • Strategic HR Projects
Luke Bowery

Luke Bowery Partner

  • Employment
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
  • Equality, Diversity and Discrimination
Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy

Key contact

Andrew Dunlop

Andrew Dunlop Partner

  • Head of Outsourcing
  • Head of Technology
  • Head of Data Protection

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