Data protection is an issue that no business can afford to ignore. The growth of e-commerce and digital communications means that businesses now hold, and are therefore responsible for, far more information about their customers, targets and employees than ever before.
This proliferation of data has been accompanied by new and more stringent rules governing its use and protection, particularly with respect to marketing activities, and increased penalties for those who fail to comply. At the same time, there is now much closer scrutiny over compliance from public bodies, the courts, the European Commission and the media. The consequences of failing to observe data protection laws are significant – from both a financial and a reputational perspective.
At Fladgate, we have extensive experience in helping clients to minimise the legal risks associated with data protection while minimising interference to business processes. We have advised in high profile data protection cases in the UK and assisted public sector clients in negotiating the rules relating to freedom of information, privacy and human rights. Our work also covers data issues arising from commercial or corporate transactions.
Our experience includes:
We advise public and private sector clients on freedom of information, including:
Clients find that the IT group at Fladgate provides “outstanding commercial advice”, and that the lawyers’ “wealth of experience has paid dividends”. The team acts for buyers and suppliers of IT services, and handles the full range of related contract, commercial and transactional work. Key areas of expertise include cloud computing and data protection.
Fladgate LLP handles soft IP litigation across the media and sports sectors, with particular expertise in publishing and e-publishing. The team also advises on data protection and security, e-commerce, digital media and social media. It acted for Monster Energy on a number of marketing and advertising campaigns. Digital Cinema Media, Odeon Cinemas and Parkway Cinemas are also clients. IP, technology and commercial specialist Eddie Powell heads the team. James Earl, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2016, leads the sports group; corporate lawyer David Robinson handles capital markets and M&A in the technology and publishing sectors. Commercial lawyer Alan Wetterhahn is also noted.