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GDPR & New Business Models for Solicitors

Event Type
Law Society Finuas Skillnet
Presidents' Hall, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
CPD Hours
3.5 Regulatory Matters (by Group Study) and 3.5 Regulatory Matters (by eLearning)*
Start Date
Thursday 20 June 2019 at 2:00 PM
End Date
Friday 28 June 2019 at 5:30 PM
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All proceeds from this event will be donated to Cycle4CrohnsColitis, an initiative by Attracta O’Regan, supported by Beaumont Hospital Foundation and Law Society Finuas Skillnet.

The goal is to fundraise for a doctor to provide exclusive ongoing patient care supports and research for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in Ireland.

If you cannot attend this CPD event and  would like to make  a donation to support the  Cycle4CrohnsColitis fundraiser please click here   to access the secure fundraising page or to find out more visit www.cycle4crohnscolitis.com 

GDPR in Action – Practice Compliance Checklist

On the one year anniversary of the implementation of GDPR, are you  sure that your firm is GDPR compliant?

  • Do your section 68 letters include all necessary details? Do you know how long you should keep a file?
  • Have you signed third party data processing agreements or controller to controller agreements where necessary?
  • Are your GDPR polices and  privacy statement fit for purpose?

This session will include practical details and  guidance on all of the  above areas and  also provide an opportunity for a question and  answer session.

GDPR in Action - Subject Access Requests

Aim and Objectives
Since  the  implementation of the  GDPR, and  the  public’s increased awareness of rights  to information, the  number of Subject Access Requests being received by law firms and  their clients is on the  increase. Requests for data may come from clients,  other law firms, employees and  other third parties. Law firms need to deal  with these access requests efficiently and lawfully with minimum disruption to the  work of the  practice.  They also need to be in a position to advise their clients on how  best to access requests.

This practical seminar aims to give guidance to practitioners in order  to assist  them in dealing with Subject Access Requests.

The session will include details and  practical guidance on:

  • Legislative provisions under the GDPR and  the Data Protection Act 2018  which  are  relevant to access requests
  • Formalities for dealing with a request
  • Time frames
  • Parameters of access request – “personal data”  relating to the requester
  • Exemptions
  • When  is an access request “manifestly unfounded or excessive”
  • How do access requests impact on the solicitor’s lien
  • Format  of response letter
  • Form of access
  • Rights of appeal/complaint Summary checklist and  procedure Data Protection Commission guidance 

NEW Business Models for Solicitors

Aim and Objectives
The Legal Services Regulation Act 2015  (Legal Partnerships) (Section 116) Regulations 2019  and Legal Services Act 2015  (Limited Liability Partnerships) (Section 130) Regulations 2019  are due to be enacted. These regulations will radically  change the business models available to solicitors in the determination of practice structure. They will also introduce new provisions relating to establishment, operation, management, liability, regulation and  compliance for all those who choose to deliver legal services under the new regime.

This practical session will provide a step-by-step guide in relation to how to establish, register, operate and  function within the new regulations.

Sufficient time will be allocated for a question and  answer session during the seminar.

How to get your law firm GDPR ready - online seminar

Aim and Objectives
The General Data Protection Regulation came into effect  on the  25 May 2018.  Law firms need to continuously comply with increased data protection obligations and  are also required to show  ‘accountability’. This includes a need to demonstrate compliance by having policies and procedures in place.

This on-line seminar designed and  delivered by Paul Lavery a Partner with McCann FitzGerald Solicitors  is an opportunity to have  a practical look at what  is required by a solicitor  to be GDPR compliant on a day-to-day basis.

The session answers many  frequently asked questions and  includes details and  practical guidance on:

  • The main requirements of GDPR including the  main changes from previous data protection law;
  • Recommended steps for compliance; and
  • Recommended notices, policies and  contracts which  law firms should have  in place to assist  in evidencing GDPR compliance. 


Dr. Aoibhlinn O’Toole, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
Aoibhlinn  is a consultant gastroenterologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. She has held  a Higher  Fellowship from Brigham  & Women’s Hospital,  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical  Centre, Harvard  School of Public Health, Boston.  She is an investigator with the Investigator Network  for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Therapy in Ireland and  is a respected and  accomplished international expert and  speaker in her specialist areas of inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer and  dysplasia.


Paul Lavery, Partner, McCann FitzGerald Solicitors, Dublin
Paul is head of the Technology & Innovation Group in McCann FitzGerald  and  advises on a wide range of data protection, information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce, confidentiality and  intellectual property issues. He writes and  lectures widely on these and  other topics. He is also a member of the Law Society Intellectual Property & Data Protection Law Committee.

Paul Keane, Partner, Reddy Charlton Solicitors, Dublin
Paul is the Managing Partner of Reddy  Charlton Solicitors and Honorary Consul General of Sweden. Paul is a member of the Council of the Law Society and  Chair of the Legal Services Regulation Act Task Force. He is a past  Chairman of the Business Law Committee of the Law Society and  a past  member of the Private Law Committee of CCBE.

Simon Treanor, Legal Services Regulation Executive, Law Society of Ireland
Simon is Executive secretary to the Legal Services Regulation Act Task Force  in the Law Society of Ireland. He prepares reports, submissions and  data in relation to the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.  He liaises with the Executive of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority.  Simon also responds to queries from the public and  profession in relation to the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.

*Included in the fee is 12 months online access to "How to get your law firm GDPR ready". Access details will be provided on registration at the seminar on Thursday 20th, June 2019.


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