We are a market-leading data privacy, security and information law practice that is consistently ranked in the Top Tier for data protection in the legal directories. We have a team of specialist lawyers and are rated by buyers of our services as the “go to firm” for expertise, commerciality and client care.

We work with multinational organisations, household name brands and the UK public sector, advising them on all types of privacy, data protection, information requests and security projects. This means that we have a unique perspective of how data protection and Freedom of Information Act issues are dealt with by different organisations and institutions. We work with our clients on privacy impact assessments, policy drafting and implementation, access requests, data privacy disputes and regulatory outreach (where we assist our clients in dealing with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), either with new products or services or before or during enforcement actions).

We support our healthcare clients on all aspects of the law, from the development of data protection compliance strategies through to strategy execution, analysis of risk and risk mitigation and preparation of effective data sharing frameworks. For our public sector and member association clients we frequently advise on data privacy strategies, access requests and complaints to the ICO. We also draft and negotiate data sharing arrangements in both the public and private sector.

We advise many public sector bodies as well as multinationals on freedom of information, environmental information and related matters. We have particular experience of advising on urgent, business critical Freedom of Information questions and strategy for reliance on exemptions.

For a number of clients we offer a virtual privacy secondment, where our lawyers work partly on client site and partly in our office to provide an in-house privacy counsel function. We can certainly provide quarterly face to face "advice surgeries" as required, and other forms of support, using your video-link facilities between offices or via Lync.

 

Notable deals and highlights

  • Nursing & Midwifery Council – our team is advising and providing support on Freedom of Information appeals to the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tier Tribunal. We are also advising on the policy for handling requests for information relating to complaints against nurses and midwives.
  • Royal College of Physicians – we are advising on a review and leading the consolidation of a data protection framework.
  • General Chiropractic Council – our team are advising and providing support on freedom of information act requests.