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Data Protection & Information

Every organisation needs to address data protection, confidentiality, information security, cyber risks, data breaches and freedom of information as part of their compliance and risk management policies and procedures.

With heightened media attention on data breaches coupled with increased consumer awareness of their rights, strengthened regulatory powers and the soaring potential for punitive fines, it's important that businesses recognise and understand their duties on the use and storage of information about people and products.

The Data Protection & Information team at Charles Russell Speechlys provides global contentious and non-contentious advice to both growing and established companies, and is recognised for providing support that goes beyond straight-forward legal services. We provide multi-jurisdictional project management and consultancy services, and train and educate our clients to ensure they comply with global laws and regulations. As a result, many clients recognise us as their trusted advisers in this area.

We are up to the minute with the latest data protection requirements and can give you practical advice on everything from data retention and email marketing issues, to the handling of sensitive information and data transfers (including overseas).

We also work closely with our corporate and commercial colleagues to ensure data protection due diligence is met during mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing agreements, or other transfer of undertakings.

We often review the data handling procedures adopted by HR departments, including the standard forms used for applications, references, appraisals and other employment related matters.

Our breadth of experience, and passion for data protection and information security, means the team is well placed to provide co-ordinated and competitively priced international services. We have the capacity and understanding to compete at the highest level on knowledge, commercial solutions and quality of leading edge advice.

Our team comprises lawyers who are recognised as being leaders in their field, with team leader, Robert Bond, named as one of the top 20 global experts by ComputerWorld (2011), the leading US-based commentator on the IT world. Peter Carey is another expert in data protection, having been described by the British Computer Society as “one of the UK’s leading experts”. Marcus Turle, a consultant in the team is general editor of Data Protection Laws of the World, a two-volume looseleaf guide to privacy legislation in over 60 countries, updated biannually. 


A Fortune 100 conglomerate

Acting for a Fortune 100 conglomerate on a range of data protection and related compliance issues for the legal teams in the US, UK and EMEA, tackling laws and regulations in over 60 countries.

A Fortune 100 construction and engineering company

Auditing data protection compliance for a Fortune 100 construction and engineering company in over 30 countries worldwide.

A US medical device company

Advising a US medical device company on the EU data protection aspects of its $7.6 billion acquisition by a German publicly-quoted pharmaceutical company. Our work included advising both companies on further global data protection and information security issues such as ethical reporting and whistleblower laws.

A global pharmaceutical company

Working with the employment group of a global pharmaceutical company to address a range of international data protection issues relating to staff and former staff during a protracted set of claims.

A global financial services company

Advising a global financial services company on a range of data protection, information security and freedom of information issues around global outsourcing, trading platforms and use of social media for business.