Posted in New Legal Developments on 15 March 2017

Confidentiality and protection of clients’ information has been an absolute cornerstone of the practice since its inception in 1980. This most fundamental policy is reviewed by management on an ongoing basis and steps taken to renew and re-enforce the policy whenever possible.

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GPDR”) comes into force on 25 May 2018. Many businesses and indeed law firms are preparing for its introduction; Cantillons being no exception.

While the GDPR simply builds on already ingrained models at Cantillons in relation to protection of clients’ data, it also brings about numerous further requirements. These include enlarged obligations around security rules, client/customer/patient consent, and breach reporting obligations. There is also a hugely revamped regime for liability, enforcement and remedies. Significant fines will arise in cases of non-compliance.

The team at Cantillons are currently working very hard to get to grips with the huge legislation that is the GDPR, so as to be fully prepared, well in advance of the commencement date. For the team at Cantillons, the GDPR is very much seen as a welcome development, such that its requirements further safeguard and protect information held by the firm.

Organisations must be fully prepared for the new provisions of the GDPR by May 2018. Once the GDPR becomes law, its provisions will immediately apply. Business simply cannot wait to implement changes after 25 May 2018. As known leaders in the legal field, Cantillons are working on the measures now.

Management at Cantillons is currently exploring the following in respect of the firms’ compliance with GDPR:

• Contract terms with Counsel, experts and clients,
• Policies surrounding full compliance and with GDPR, in line with the firms’ internal data protection policies,
• Record-keeping,
• Privacy governance,
• Accountability,
• Security.

Contact us at Cantillons Solicitors at +353 (0)21 -4275673 or info@cantillons.com if you would like more information.

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