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Data Protection

The General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 governs the area of data protection in Ireland.  The compliance requirements related to data protection have dramatically increased, and data controllers and processors must have an in-depth understanding of their duties and responsibilities, or risk potentially crippling financial penalties.

As a modern firm focused on providing exceptional, partner-led service to all clients, regardless of their size, we will provide the legal advice and representation you need to meet your compliance obligations.  And should a breach occur, we will provide an emergency response and ensure an independent investigation is conducted and evidence relevant to defending a claim collated.

What is the General Data Protection Regulation?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union regulation and is the primary law relating to how both public and private organisations protect EU citizen’s personal data.  Its aim is to harmonise data protection legislation across all EU member states.  Companies based outside the EU which process EU citizen’s data must also comply with the GDPR.

There are strict requirements of compliance under Data Protection legislation for both data processors and controllers to ensure that individuals’ data privacy rights are respected.

Our corporate team, led by partner, Gríana O’Kelly , advises companies on all aspects of privacy and data protection both in the workplace and in carrying out their businesses.  Gríana holds a certificate in Data Protection Practice from the Law Society of Ireland.

We have implemented bespoke data protection policies for clients to ensure that they comply with the law on data protection and that proper practices are adopted by companies on a day to day basis in the handling of personal data.  In addition, we can review your supplier contracts to ensure any third parties which process data on your behalf meet their data protection compliance obligations.

We can deal with all aspects of data protection compliance from initial queries to the full implementation of data protection policies for firms and companies.  By instructing us, you can be fully confident that you have the information and support you need to ensure compliance across all your business sectors.

We advise on all areas of data protection and privacy including:

  • What are your obligations under Data Protection Law?
  • Does your business need to adopt changes to ensure compliance under GDPR?
  • Data protection registration;
  • Data protection policies and procedures;
  • Where a data processor is engaged, ensure data protection standards are maintained;
  • Data Protection audits;
  • Lawful use of image capture technology, CCTV and other processing equipment;
  • Data protection in the workplace including presenting to key employees;
  • Reviewing data subject requests for access and possible exemptions;
  • Restrictions on exporting data outside the EEA;
  • Right to privacy under the Irish constitution.

What organisation manages data protection in Ireland?

The Data Protection Commission is the body which oversees data protection in Ireland and is the national supervising authority for the purposes of the GDPR.  If your organisation has appointed a Data Protection Officer, you will need to inform the Commission.

We have been advising on data protection for many years and can advise you on any aspect of dealing with the Data Protection Commission.

Why choose Lavelle Partners to advise and represent you on data protection matters?

  • We are a partner-led firm, meaning the partner you meet will manage your case and be available to you if you have any questions.
  • Our Solicitors are approachable, intelligent, and pragmatic. 
  • When it comes to commercial law matters, we find out what success means for you and then work tenaciously to achieve your objectives.
  • Our clients remain with us long-term and most of our new clients come to us via referrals.  In addition, most team members have been with the firm for 15-30 years.  We know our clients, their families and their businesses inside out and this helps us provide exceptional service and gives people confidence in the quality of the advice and representation they receive.
  • Our advice is to the point; we will not ask you to choose between five different options, we will advise which one will protect and promote your best interests.

What our clients say

‘Great breadth of expertise. If a particular partner doesn’t have the expertise then effective handover to the appropriate partner who does. Very much a can-do attitude.’

The Legal 500, 2022

‘Lavelle Partners bring a very partner led and hands on approach to transactions which is why I like using them.’

The Legal 500, 2022

‘Direct and prompt access to the “right” person in the practice was a major feature of the process, particularly as we did not have any internal experience of the process. Lavelle Partners provided us with the advice and comfort we needed to complete the same.’

The Legal 500, 2022

‘Griana O’Kelly has great listening skills, really makes sure she understands the brief before launching into the work … also very open to client input at the drafting stage so that legals reflect the nuances of the commercial arrangements agreed.’

The Legal 500, 2022

‘Griana O’Kelly is very good to deal with and she is very efficient in getting transactions closed.’

The Legal 500, 2022

‘The process was lead by Griana O’Kelly who led her team at all times. It was also very comforting to see that Griana had full oversight of the complete process and her five colleagues who complemented each other in delivering a comprehensive and complete conclusion to the process.’

The Legal 500, 2022

For further information on data protection in Ireland, please contact Gríana O’Kelly,  Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800.

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