02 September 2016

Shulmans shortlisted at the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2016

We have recently been shortlisted at the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2016, in the ‘Data Protection Law Firm of the Year (UK wide)’ category.

The Legal Awards are a global celebration of excellence in the profession across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the Bar.

These awards "recognise the achievements of law firms and individuals who have delivered exceptional results for their clients over the past 12 months – whilst operating in a challenging business environment… firms, individual lawyers, solicitors and barristers who have dedicated their resources to innovation, built on their depth of expertise, and performed outstandingly".

Data protection is a growing area of work for Shulmans, and is closely related to the advice we provide on risk and compliance to businesses and organisations. We have particular knowledge and expertise in advising complex financial services, technology, retail and process industry businesses.

Our activity in this arena includes speaking at a variety of specific industry and other events on technology, data and risk-related topics. One example of this is the seminar recently imparted by Mark Lumley, Head of Commercial, at the Process Safety & Cyber Security Major Hazards Conference.

In recent months, our capability in this area has been bolstered by the arrival of partner Emma Roe (Commercial, IP) and associate Helen Goldthorpe (Commercial, IT). Emma has considerable experience in advising businesses based in the UK and abroad (particularly in the US) in relation to data protection issues. Helen is an experienced IT and data protection specialist who is recognised in Chambers & Partners as “very good and pragmatic”.

Examples of our work include:

  • Advising a multinational retailer on data protection compliance, CCTV data requests and subject access requests;

  • Advising industry investigatory experts on complex subject access requests and ICO engagement in the public sector;

  • Advising on contractual and data protection obligations (the extent of controller/processor obligations) in a £10m commercial contract dispute;

  • Advising a US-owned subsidiary in the financial services sector on the legal position pertaining to privacy shield and the steps required to achieve compliance for certification;

  • Advising a software business on the ownership of data and databases and related intellectual property rights.

For any further information on data protection and cyber crime, please contact Mark Lumley on 0113 297 7727 or at mlumley@shulmans.co.uk.

Emma Roe has written the following articles relating to data protection: