GDPR

  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force in the UK on 25 May 2018.

    Together they bring the most significant change in data protection regulation in 20 years. The regulation is designed to align privacy laws across Europe and increase protections and data privacy rights for individual citizens.

    This page brings together guidance and support with education and learning resources from the Law Society and external agencies to help you and your firm understand the regulation.

    Law firms generally face the same issues as other organisations in seeking to comply with the GDPR and, through our ongoing discussions with firms, we are identifying and exploring specific issues of concern around compliance.

    This page will be regularly updated as we continue to consider what guidance we can provide in light of the evidence from GDPR compliance.

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    No-deal Brexit guidance: Data protection

    This guide highlights the implications of lawful transfers of EU personal data in the UK should the UK leave the EU without reaching an agreement.

    30 August 2019
    Advice

    Contract as lawful basis

    Contract is one of the lawful bases for using personal data. We recommend you use contract or legitimate interests as the lawful basis, rather than consent.

    7 August 2019
    Advice

    LPP and client confidentiality

    LPP and client confidentiality override a data subject's right of access and right to be informed under the GDPR and data protection act.

    7 August 2019
    Advice

    Appoint a data protection officer (DPO)

    You do not always have to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). In most cases, as a law practice, you will not have to. But you'll need to make someone responsible for data protection.

    5 August 2019
    Advice

    Consent

    You can only use personal data if you do so "lawfully" under GDPR. One way to do this is by getting the person's consent.

    5 August 2019
    Advice

    Legitimate interests

    Legitimate interests is one of the lawful bases for using personal data. We recommend you rely on legitimate interests or contract as the lawful basis, rather than consent.

    5 August 2019
    Advice

    GDPR for solicitors

    All solicitors hold personal data. This guide helps you know what you need to do to comply with GDPR.

    1 August 2019
    Advice

    Report a data breach

    Find out how and when you need to report a data breach.

    1 August 2019
    Advice

    Respond to a subject access request (SAR)

    Anyone can ask for a copy of any personal data your practice holds on them. This is known as a subject access request (SAR).

    1 August 2019
    Advice

    GDPR in practice: ICO enforcement powers

    The potential for high fines under the GDPR has attracted considerable publicity but in practice the ICO has many more enforcement tools.

    9 January 2019
    Advice
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  • Podcasts

    The GDPR and employment lawyers

    Nick Denys, policy advisor at the Law Society, explores some of the challenges organisations face to remain GDPR compliant.

    The GDPR and children’s rights

    Sarah Richardson, who supports the Law Society’s children law sub-committee, discusses how the EU GDPR affects the data protection rights of children.

    The GDPR guide for law firms

    Andrew McWhir, policy advisor at the Law Society, discusses the Law Society’s GDPR guide for law firms.

  • Publications

    New frontiers in DP
    New frontiers in data protection conference

    Half-day conference on 26 September, where expert speakers will explore major DP challenges for solicitors, identify new technology danger spots, practical advice on mitigating risk and more topics of interest.

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    International data transfer

    Learn in this one hour webinar more about data transfer, adequacy decisions, EU/US Privacy Shield

    International data transfer > More
  • Webinars

    professional development centre
    GDPR for managers: an introduction

    New online course, GDPR for managers featuring downloadable checklists and valuable resources from the Law Society and ICO.

    GDPR for managers: an introduction > More
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    International data transfer

    Learn in this one hour webinar more about data transfer, adequacy decisions, EU/US Privacy Shield

    International data transfer > More
    New frontiers in DP
    New frontiers in data protection conference

    Half-day conference on 26 September, where expert speakers will explore major DP challenges for solicitors, identify new technology danger spots, practical advice on mitigating risk and more topics of interest.

    New frontiers in data protection conference > More
  • Contact us

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