How to safeguard sensitive information

The Law Society’s strategic partner Shred-it reveals how to avoid the risks of client or commercial information being stored or disposed of incorrectly.
Portrait of a businessman working from home, looking at papers, thinking

Safeguarding sensitive information is more than just a legal obligation – it’s a necessity.

The legal industry generates a considerable number of physical documents every day, from case notes and witness depositions to contracts and court papers.

It is therefore imperative that law firms continue to comply with information security laws and regulations around the correct storage, handling and destruction of confidential documents.

As part of a highly regulated sector, firms will be familiar with the UK’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its requirement for all businesses to ensure that the personal and confidential information they process remains secure.

However, given the number of documents firms typically deal with, deciding what to destroy can be challenging.

Staying safe

So, what can you do to avoid the reputational risks of client or commercial information being stored or disposed of incorrectly – and information getting into the wrong hands?

The Law Society’s strategic partner Shred-it has created a unique guide – available to members only – on best practice when dealing with information security in the legal industry.

The guide provides practical advice on all aspects of information and data security, destruction and recycling, including:

  • information security law– ensuring you take the appropriate actions to protect your firm
  • understanding the risks – so you can take the necessary steps to safeguard your practice
  • data security mistakes– what they are and how to avoid them
  • hybrid working– the risks when working outside your office
  • sustainability– safeguarding confidential information and the planet
  • practical steps – the immediate steps to take now

Find out more

Whether it’s confidential client data, employee information or commercial documents, Shred-it can help your practice identify, manage and securely dispose of information that isn’t needed anymore.

Limit your risk of file exposure and help safeguard the planet. Read the guide for quick, practical advice and contact us today to receive 10% off your secure and sustainable Shred-it services.*

*Terms and conditions apply

Download the guide

Shred-it has created a guide setting out the practical steps you can take now to protect confidential information.

Click here to download the guide.

Maximise your Law Society membership with My LS