Donegal solicitors discuss GDPR for local businesses

100 north-western based solicitors gather for major annual legal symposium in Donegal

  • Data protection - three weeks on from the introduction of GDPR, the conference discusses how local businesses can stay GDPR compliant
  • Probate, conveyancing, and costs – key topics local solicitors can upskill in major legal conference taking place in the Solis Lough Eske Hotel, Donegal on 14 and 15 June 2018.

On Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June 2018, the Solis Lough Eske Hotel, Donegal will host over 100 north-western based solicitors attending a major legal conference.

Organised by Law Society Skillnet in partnership with the Donegal and Inishowen Bar Associations, the conference is an opportunity for solicitors to upskill in areas of law of essential relevance including GDPR and probate.

Data protection

The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules came into force for everyone in Europe on 25 May 2018 and will be discussed at the conference.

Solicitor Margaret Mulrine of MM Mulrine and Co Solicitors (Letterkenny) and President of Donegal Bar Association says all local businesses should review their company policy on data.

“The new data protection rules came into effect just last month and it is important that all businesses in the north-western region stay compliant,” says Ms Mulrine.

“Anyone dealing with personal data, including many social groups, sport clubs, volunteer groups and SMEs in this region need to be following these rules. If you are still unsure what GDPR means for you and your business, talk to your solicitor for advice.”

Personal data is any information that can identify an individual person. This can include, but is not limited to, a name, postal address, images or anything relating to the identity of a person.

Businesses not compliant to the new rules may face severe penalties in the coming months, including fines.

“Solicitors are key advisors across a number of business matters including employment law, contracts, tenancies and more. Your local solicitor can also help with GDPR through advice on data protection audits, preparing for data breaches and appointing a data protection officer within the business,” says Ms. Mulrine.

Probate and wills

Emerging issues in probate and wills is also on the agenda of the annual legal event.

“Probate delays can leave Donegal families waiting months to resolve wills. This is a very personal and sometimes stressful time. This conference helps local solicitors stay up-to-date on changes in the field, so they can provide the best advice to their clients,” says Ms Mulrine.

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