Our dedicated data protection and FOI lawyers have significant
experience in advising clients on all their obligations under data
protection and freedom of information legislation.
From simple compliance advice, to detailed audits and creating
robust data handling policies, we can steer you through the
minefield of data protection law, allowing you to get on with what
you do best - running your business.
Data protection legislation impacts on organisations across all
sectors. Those that ignore their compliance obligations risk
investigation by the Information Commissioner and, in serious
cases, financial penalties and criminal sanctions. The
maximum financial penalty will be increased from 25 May 2018 when
the new General Data Protection Regulation comes into force.
In a world where information is more available and accessible
than ever, we advise on all aspects of data protection legislation
in the UK (including the General Data Protection Regulation) and
can provide clear guidance on the legal obligations organisations
face in managing and protecting personal data.
We are fully conversant with the Freedom of Information Act and
regularly advise on freedom of information requests for both public
and private sector clients.
Experience and expertise
We have extensive experience acting for organisations that deal
with personal data, including schools and colleges, housing
associations and charities. Our knowledge in this area of law
is widely recognised and, as a result, we frequently deliver
practical training courses on data protection obligations and the
impact on a business if those requirements are not met. We are
regularly asked by the legal press to comment on current data
protection issues and we are regular columnists for leading legal
publication, New Law Journal.
We can explain to you what counts as personal data, how you
should manage, process and store it and what you need to do when
you receive a subject access request or a request for a copy of
personal data from a third party (such as a local authority).
We also work closely with our employment team to provide a
comprehensive service where there are data protection issues in
From an FOI perspective, we can assist you in responding to an
FOI request, advise on the potential application of statutory
exemptions and assist in analysing any related impact on third
parties involved in the subject matter of the request.
We also have extensive experience in advising in respect of
Information Commissioner complaints and investigations, which are
becoming increasingly common. This includes liaising with the
Information Commissioner on clients' behalf and drafting
correspondence on behalf of our clients to the Information
Commissioner - in both a data protection and an FOI context.
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- Compliance Audits
- Collection and use of Customer Data
- Obtaining Consents
- Direct Marketing
- Data Processing Arrangements and Agreements
- Subject Access Requests
- Responding to Third Party Requests for Personal Data
- Advice on ICO Investigations & Complaints
- Data Handling and Security Policies
- Guidance and Policies on the use of CCTV Systems
- Industry-specific Codes and Legislation
- Freedom of Information Compliance
Get in touch
To discuss our services, please contact us.