GDPR guidance for law firms – find out the latest

GDPR guidanceIt’s high time we all had a little more GDPR guidance. So much has been said about this subject in recent months. Comments have ranged from fear and dread from the doom and gloom merchants, to nonchalant dismissal by some as just another Y2K type scare.

The fact is, it’s probably somewhere between the two. However, at long last we have some concrete guidance from the mandarins in Strasbourg and Brussels.

What areas does the guidance cover?

Guidance comes from the obscurely titled Article 29 Working Party. This is a group comprising representatives from each of the EU’s member states’ data protection authorities, including our own Information Commissioner’s Office.

The key components of the guidelines cover:

  • The right to “data portability”.
  • Data Protection Officers (DPOs).
  • The Lead Supervisory Authority.
  • Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) and determining whether processing is “likely to result in a high risk”.
  • The application and setting of administrative fines.
  • Personal data breach notification.
  • Automated individual decision-making and profiling.

You can read about all of these in The Working Party’s deliberations by following this link to the European Commission website and scrolling down to the relevant documentation in .pdf format.

What’s in the pipeline?

The issued guidelines do not cover all aspects of the legislation. There are a number of items which are still at the consultation stage and you can also read about them on the EC site:

  • Adequacy Referential (updated).
  • The elements and principles to be found in Binding Corporate Rules.
  • The elements and principles to be found in Processor Binding Corporate Rules.
  • Guidelines on Consent.
  • Guidelines on Transparency.

Probably the most demanding of these are the guidelines on consent. These will have the greatest impact upon the future shape of direct marketing. The Adequacy Referential is also one on which to keep an eye. That will determine whether the EU will regard a post-Brexit UK as being good enough for data protection purposes and could raise significant issues for organisations trading with the EU.

What should you do next?

Whilst there is still a great deal more guidance to come, it is worthwhile taking a look at what is already here and assessing how it will impact upon your legal practice. Some of it makes for rather turgid reading but it is better to prepare thoroughly.

Several of the features of LawWare’s software are designed to keep you and your practice compliant. Throughout 2018, we shall add to these to ensure you are completely up-to-date. Find out more about GDPR by reading our previous articles on the subject:

Mike O’Donnell, January 2018.

© LawWare Limited 1995-2021


Join over 475 law firms across the United Kingdom.

Our clients range from small start-up legal practices to multi-partner, multi-site firms.

Another great customer service experience from LawWare. My laptop had to be stripped back to factory settings as part of a repair - taking hours! In contrast, restoring LawWare took one phone call to the support team and I was up and running in 6 minutes. If only everything was so easy!

VI pensions Law Ltd.
Vanessa Ingram

As the first commercial user of LawWare back in 1998, we have had no hesitation in remaining with the product through its development. We thoroughly recommend it to any firm looking for a practice management system.

Alastair Hart & Co.
Alastair Hart

The helpdesk is exceptionally good. Whatever the query there is always a human being there to help. No leaving messages or being advised to go to a website. The best computer service for solicitors I have ever used!

South Forrest
Irene Yule

The linking of documents and casefiles saves so much time! I have experience of several accounts packages and I like that LawWare is simple to use and easy to learn. Support is quick and effective and staff are helpful and courteous.

Sprang Terras
Fiona Allison

I have worked with a number of Case Management providers over the years but have not come across anything with the attention to detail and thoroughness of LawWare. My colleagues and I have not been disappointed.

Brymer legal Ltd.
Professor Stewart Brymer

I can’t imagine trying to be a law firm in the 21st Century without 21st Century IT systems. Having a ‘single system’ that underpins all the work, whether we are in the office or out, is an integral part of what we are building.

Sneddon Morrison
Eric Lumsden

The level of support is the main benefit using this system.  The system itself once you have had training is simple and easy to use. We have a great relationship with LawWare and the ongoing support is second to none.   

Linda George Family Law
Sharon Rodger

Significant preparation was required to configure and import the data from our old firm. We had to get all clients onto the new system and then learn how to use it. We just find it very easy to use, much easier than our old system.

Scanlon Ewing
Maureen Ewing

Being a busy litigator with a growing firm it is incredibly useful to be able to view my files from any location with some form of internet connection. I am a fan, and want to keep working with LawWare to make a good product great.

Helix Law Limited
Jonathan Waters

The switch to the new LawCloud system, which is still on-going, has gone very well. We found the LawWare team without exception to be very helpful and knowledgeable. All queries are followed up and dealt with promptly.

Cullen Kilshaw
Ross Kilshaw

interested in

Explore LawWare

Connect With Us