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Preparing for the EU GDPR

  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. A Data Protection Bill that will replace the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998 is currently making its way through parliament.

    These pages bring together guidance and support from the Law Society and external agencies to help firms prepare for the GDPR.

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    Data protection for the 21st century: Here’s what law firms need to do to comply with GDPR

    The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a buzzword in the legal sector at the moment, and you may well be sick of hearing about it – but that doesn’t make it less important an issue for firms to address.

    12 September 2017

    Government publishes five Brexit papers including the civil justice co-operation paper

    Last week the UK Government published five papers detailing its position on Brexit. These papers include provisions which may have an impact on the legal profession or the justice system.

    31 August 2017

    Closing down your practice: regulatory requirements

    This practice note outlines the regulatory requirements for solicitors to consider when closing down your practice.

    25 August 2017
    Practice note

    Keep your papers under wraps for GDPR compliance

    Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), aggrieved data subjects can sue firms for failing to secure their personal data properly. New statistics from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) showed that there was a 173% increase in data security incidents in the legal sector in Q4 2017 compared with the previous quarter.

    31 July 2017

    Who's afraid of the GDPR?

    Ten things you need to know about the GDPR and what they mean for your firm.

    25 July 2017

    Cybercrime trends - Is your firm prepared?

    What law firms can do to protect themselves.

    28 June 2017

    Your money or your data: 4 reasons to comply with GDPR

    In a recent survey of IT decision makers 25 per cent of respondents had cancelled preparations for the GDPR and 44 per cent thought GDPR won’t apply to UK businesses after the UK has left the EU. Anna Drozd explains why law firms need to comply.

    24 May 2017

    Beware of the phish – how to stay ahead of the scammers

    UPDATED 10 May 2017 Following great discussion on social media, it is probably helpful to highlight that the risk from using cloud storage systems is in particular from using the free online versions which the original post refers to. Read Peter's update about Dropbox, regulatory compliance and how a law firm was penalised by the ICO for having used a cloud storage system designed for private users for business purposes

    3 May 2017

    Data protection

    The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) regulates the processing of information relating to individuals. Solicitors must comply with the DPA. Failure to do so may constitute a criminal offence. This practice note sets out how solicitors can comply with the Act.

    16 June 2016
    Practice note
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  • General guidance on GDPR

    Authoritative material and guidance on what you should be doing now to prepare for GDPR

    Specialist guidance for law firms

    Information and FAQs about law firm specific guidance on GDPR, and how to let us know what you need

    GDPR resources and support

    Products, services and publications to help you prepare for GDPR