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  • Overview

    Data protection and privacy lawyers

    Data protection and privacy law is a complex and fast-changing area with international differences adding an extra layer of complexity. Led by intellectual property/technology lawyers, our commercial team help businesses of all sizes, across various sectors, to use and exploit data while remaining compliant with data protection legislation.

    We can advise you on:

    • Data Protection Act 1998
    • Compliance with upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    • Sale and purchase of databases
    • Database rights and management
    • Licensing databases
    • Privacy policies and data protection statements on websites or marketing materials
    • Use of personal data for marketing and advertising
    • Personal data issues arising in employment matters
    • Data subject access requests and the application and impact of the Freedom of Information Act
    • The transfer of personal data outside of the EEA
    • Data security
    • Application and impact of UK and EU data protection laws
    • Confidentiality agreements.
       

    Our approach

    We believe that in-depth understanding of the industry, the commercial conditions under which you operate and your strategic objectives are vital when providing effective legal advice on data protection. Our service reflects your business objectives, minimises the risks, and enables you to operate cost-effectively and remain compliant.

    Our lawyers provide you with a robust and commercial appropriate framework designed to exploit your assets, protect your rights and prevent disputes arising. We take a hands-on approach to giving practical advice, which enables our clients to operate effectively on a day-today basis.

    Where there are international issues, we can call upon our international network of partner firms to help steer you through the many local differences that complicate data protection worldwide.

  • Related Client Stories

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    Our client operates a flying school and we were engaged to prepare the terms and conditions that would apply to hands-on flying lessons and, for experienced flyers, the hire of rotary-wing aircraft.

  • Latest Updates

    Data Protection and Consent - Draft Guidance

    All businesses should be aware that you need a lawful basis for processing your customers’ personal data. If you rely on consent, then this must be freely given, specific and a clear indication of the individuals’ wishes under the The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). However, did you know that the consent regime is changing soon, and you will need to comply with higher compliance standards under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from May 2018?

    Direct marketing

    Thinking about contacting your clients to promote your products or services, selling your client database or buying a database to generate leads?

    Ask the expert

    Gina Bicknell, Partner in our Corporate and Commercial team speaks to Thinking Business about "data selfies" and how businesses can assess their compliance with the Data Protection Act of 1998.

    Brexit: what are the implications?

    When the news broke about Brexit on 24th June 2016, our expert lawyers each wrote a round up of the implications that could potentially you and your business.

    Brexit - what are the implications?

    Following the much awaited UK referendum outcome, we have been thinking about what a Leave vote could mean and, set out below, are articles with our first thoughts.

    Data protection law - what next for the uk?

    Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, what is the future for the UK’s data protection regime?

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Keith provided an excellent service and was always available when needed. He was exceptional and sensitive to the requirements that I had in relation to sale of the business; in particular he was extremely helpful with a software licence issue.

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Just a short note to thank you for your outstanding support. I have seldom been through such a frustrating experience, but this was greatly eased by the thoroughly professional way in which you supported us. I cannot imagine there will be any more acquisitions coming my way, but if there is, you may be sure that I will seek your support again.

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Congratulations on your 10 years of success, with the quality of service you and your team provide I am sure the next 10 years will see more deserved success for you.

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Having the experienced and professional team from Thomson Snell & Passmore on board during the sale definitely added value to the transaction. Their tireless pressure and determination on legal points did not go unnoticed and I will always be grateful for the impact their hard work delivered to achieve the final result.

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I’ve been so impressed with you all and it’s been a real pleasure working with you and I hope this is the start of a long relationship. I’ve really appreciated the extra time and out of hours effort you have put in to help us get to the finish line. So thank you so much.

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I really appreciate the effort you and your team have put in and also for the goodwill of keeping the costs down. I certainly hope this to be the start of a long term relationship. I’ve been extremely impressed by you and thank you so much for turning it around quickly. It goes without saying I’d be happy to recommend you.

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We have had very good service across a number of disciplines and look forward to doing more in the future.

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I realise they have not been the easiest outfit to work with but I just wanted to say thank you - to you and your team - for the extraordinary commitment you have all put in to get us to the line. I was expecting you to hit your limit of tolerance these last few days, if that happened you hid it well and due to your effort, flexibility and forward thinking we finally got there… despite their best efforts at times!

Client

Thomson Snell & Passmore provides an ‘excellent level of service’ and ‘shows a good understanding of what is needed in all situations’.

The Legal 500 2014

Many thanks indeed for all you have done and particularly the way you have done it.  Straight to the point and very pragmatic – exactly how I was told you work and the way I like to do things too. The recommendation was spot on.

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Thank you again for all your help setting this up, it has been a truly painless experience thanks to your focus and determination to meet our rather challenging deadlines.

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There was much to this conversion that was not encountered before by TS&P, and much which we discovered, which belied the siren voices of how easy it would be. We are now there, on our way, and picking up momentum. So I offer our thanks to TSP.

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Had I not been recommended to TS&P and simply came across them, my answers would have been in the exceeded section but I was expecting exceptional and that is what I got!

Client

An excellent all round service from everyone involved.

Managing Director of Greenstar Hotels PLC

We have worked closely with TS&P for a number of years and have concluded several commercial transactions during that time. The service has always been professional, responsive and reliable.

Client

I would like to say a big thank you for all your efforts on our behalf over the past year. You have been extremely proactive, which was one of our principal requirements, and have taken the time to understand our business; it has been appreciated.

Client

TS&P took control. Took the lead with regards to all the other lawyers that were involved in the business and made the deal happen.

Corporate Intermediary

Very personable partners, vast experience in most areas of lawyer business.

Corporate Intermediary

At TS&P I have a contact and we were in deep discussion for hours. There was obviously a personal relationship that built up.

Client

Their commerciality is important - they know where we want to get to.

Client

The ‘very approachable’ corporate team at Thomson Snell & Passmore is noted for its ‘clear advice’ and ‘exemplary service’.  

The Legal 500 2013

I use TS&P as I have a very longstanding relationship. James Partridge has detailed knowledge of the affairs of my organisation and this, coupled with his sharp legal skills, means that I don't look elsewhere

Client

I expect and receive first class advice and service. This is helped by James's knowledge of my organisation and a good chemistry between us. I like to understand the reasons for the advice and James is focussed and succinct when discussing matters over the phone

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