Business Legal Services

GDPR Compliance

GDPR compliance is now an essential part of running your business and securing your commercial reputation.

Our data protection lawyers can ensure that you meet all GDPR compliance challenges – across all areas of your business. We enhance our technical advice by helping you implement best practice procedures and through ongoing training of your key data protection staff.

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Experts in data protection & privacy law

As well as helping with GDPR compliance, our team can assist you across all areas of data protection & privacy law, including:

How we can help: Developing and implementing the right GDPR compliance strategy

Our GDPR compliance solicitors work with businesses of all sizes in a variety of sectors so we’re able to quickly understand the precise GDPR compliance requirements that apply to you. We have a dedicated team that helps exclusively with GDPR compliance. Our work includes:

Staff training to highlight the importance and benefits of GDPR compliance

Reviewing contracts and data sharing agreements

GDPR compliance risk assessments

Including advice on storing personal data correctly so that you minimise the risk of a data breach.

Drafting privacy policies, that communicate the way you process data in a GDPR-compliant way (concise, clearly worded and transparent).

GDPR compliance checks on contractual terms and conditions used in the course of your business, including reviews of data sharing agreements.

Reviewing agreements

If you are considering outsourcing GDPR compliance to third parties.

Advice on data retention policies

Ensuring you only retain data you need and that there is a continued lawful basis for processing.

Helping you implement protocols, for staff responding to consent queries and subject access requests.

Carrying out privacy impact assessments, arising in the course of your business, for example when engaging a third-party IT system.

Advising on the appointment of appropriate data protection officers (DPOs)

As well as, ensuring individuals have the required in-depth understanding of GDPR compliance and the consequences of GDPR non-compliance.

Using our GDPR compliance experts to carry out bespoke data protection audits and providing follow-up support to deal with any identified shortcomings in your data protection policies.

Navigating legal updates, ensuring you have everything in place to remain compliant.

Our solicitors will help you keep on top of any updates that may impact your contracts and processes, for example implementing the new International Data Transfer Agreement (IDTA) and the UK Addendum transfer mechanisms.

What are the benefits of putting together a data protection strategy?

Improves GDPR compliance

Businesses don’t have a choice about GDPR compliance. A well thought-out data protection strategy that’s appropriate for your organisation gives you and your employees the best chance of complying with data protection law. It will demonstrate to the ICO that you are GDPR compliant and help you avoid breaches and subsequent fines or other regulatory sanctions.

Separates key roles

Through our GDPR consulting work we often encounter confusion within businesses about roles and responsibilities of key data protection staff. When you implement a data protection strategy you’ll also be able to identify key data protection personnel, including data protection officers, data controllers and data processors and ensure each understands their obligations.

Increases staff awareness of GDPR

GDPR compliance in any company will only be truly effective if there is a culture of compliance and respect for personal data. A GDPR compliance strategy that encompasses staff training and ongoing support will ensure that every member of staff understands the importance of GDPR compliance and the consequences for the business of a data breach or any other form of GDPR non-compliance.

Helps Assess Risk

The ICO now has significant powers to fine and penalise companies for GDPR non-compliance. Developing a compliance strategy and regularly auditing GDPR compliance will force you to consider key GDPR issues such as your basis for processing data and the rights of data subjects. The risk assessment exercise will help you identify gaps in your data policies and address these before any regulatory intervention occurs.


Who we help: Small and medium-sized businesses concerned about GDPR compliance

Our data protection lawyers work with businesses large and small – across the country – to develop coherent and practical GDPR compliance strategies that address all issues raised by the new data protection landscape. Every business will have different compliance requirements. For some companies meeting GDPR requirements may not be too onerous. For others, GDPR compliance will represent a significant diversion of resources. But the repercussions of any significant breach of GDPR or loss of data are likely to be severe for any business. Our team is here to help prevent that.


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What our clients say

I've enjoyed working with Harper James Solicitors and we are in good shape thanks to their help.
Steve Dunlop CEO, A Million Ads
Harper James have become a vital part of our business. We get quality advice from experienced solicitors at prices that other firms do not appear to be able to match.
Veejay Lingiah CEO, Flash Sticks
Our solicitor is a pleasure to work with - very commercial and usually quick to turn around. I am looking forward to working more with her and to her becoming an "external" extension of my commercial legal team!
Natalie Salunke Vice President & Head of Legal, AllStar Business Solutions
Always great to have HJ on hand
Lucy Lam Po Tang Head of Operations, Kite Global Advisors
Harper James have been fantastic. They always provide quality advice with quick turnarounds and, every time, we're pleasantly surprised when the invoice comes in!
Mark Nicholson CEO, Vivacity Labs
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards Co-Founder, Inspire Group
What attracted me to Harper James was the pricing model they have in place. It means we get access to top legal professionals at prices we can afford. In our most recent funding round, the support we received was vital.
Mikhil Raja CEO, SonicJobs
What I’ve been most impressed with is the way Rob and Ed have dug deep, independently, into our website and made sure every base is covered. They’ve looked under the surface of the website and highlighted areas where we need to ensure we have correct terms and policies in place. That’s first-class support.
Lameece Nagib Head of Operations, Hopin
Knowing you have that level of legal support enables any new business to be able to move forward with more confidence. With Harper James we have that - and more.
Julian Cook CEO and Co-Founder, Howamigoing
The on-demand service we get from Harper James allows us to combine their expertise with that of our own in-house counsel. It means we can get quick and trustworthy legal advice from specialists in every legal area, as and when we need it. There are no hidden extras and the service we have received has always demonstrated an awareness of our fast-moving commercial requirements.
Amelia Guilfoyle Head of legal, Zoopla
Harper James solicitors don’t speak in the legalese which I have heard too many times from other solicitors and which is totally unhelpful. What I’m after is focused, considered advice about the specific situations that I face. By which I mean, do you think this is a good idea? Their response might be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. One word is often all I’m looking for! My solicitor gives a view and I really value that.
Tom Davenport MD & Co-Founder, Alvius
We initially turned to Harper James for help in one part of our business but quickly realised we could benefit from their support in other areas too. The level of service has been impressive. What I like about Harper James is they seem to take a proactive approach to legal services provision. They’ve looked at our business and made suggestions as to areas where they can best focus their support and expertise. It is reassuring to have a legal services provider like that working alongside you.
Heidi Ayton Chief of Compliance, Croud
Harper James Solicitors provides excellent value for money and helps to cover gaps in specialist areas of legal practice. Using an outside legal provider enables us, as a business, to better manage our internal resources, the volume of work we have and to deal with our level of overall risk. I would undoubtedly recommend them to others.
Robert Cowling General Counsel, FleetCor
I've enjoyed working with Harper James Solicitors and we are in good shape thanks to their help.
Steve Dunlop CEO, A Million Ads
Harper James have become a vital part of our business. We get quality advice from experienced solicitors at prices that other firms do not appear to be able to match.
Veejay Lingiah CEO, Flash Sticks
Our solicitor is a pleasure to work with - very commercial and usually quick to turn around. I am looking forward to working more with her and to her becoming an "external" extension of my commercial legal team!
Natalie Salunke Vice President & Head of Legal, AllStar Business Solutions
Always great to have HJ on hand
Lucy Lam Po Tang Head of Operations, Kite Global Advisors
Harper James have been fantastic. They always provide quality advice with quick turnarounds and, every time, we're pleasantly surprised when the invoice comes in!
Mark Nicholson CEO, Vivacity Labs
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards Co-Founder, Inspire Group
What attracted me to Harper James was the pricing model they have in place. It means we get access to top legal professionals at prices we can afford. In our most recent funding round, the support we received was vital.
Mikhil Raja CEO, SonicJobs
What I’ve been most impressed with is the way Rob and Ed have dug deep, independently, into our website and made sure every base is covered. They’ve looked under the surface of the website and highlighted areas where we need to ensure we have correct terms and policies in place. That’s first-class support.
Lameece Nagib Head of Operations, Hopin
Knowing you have that level of legal support enables any new business to be able to move forward with more confidence. With Harper James we have that - and more.
Julian Cook CEO and Co-Founder, Howamigoing
The on-demand service we get from Harper James allows us to combine their expertise with that of our own in-house counsel. It means we can get quick and trustworthy legal advice from specialists in every legal area, as and when we need it. There are no hidden extras and the service we have received has always demonstrated an awareness of our fast-moving commercial requirements.
Amelia Guilfoyle Head of legal, Zoopla
Harper James solicitors don’t speak in the legalese which I have heard too many times from other solicitors and which is totally unhelpful. What I’m after is focused, considered advice about the specific situations that I face. By which I mean, do you think this is a good idea? Their response might be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. One word is often all I’m looking for! My solicitor gives a view and I really value that.
Tom Davenport MD & Co-Founder, Alvius
We initially turned to Harper James for help in one part of our business but quickly realised we could benefit from their support in other areas too. The level of service has been impressive. What I like about Harper James is they seem to take a proactive approach to legal services provision. They’ve looked at our business and made suggestions as to areas where they can best focus their support and expertise. It is reassuring to have a legal services provider like that working alongside you.
Heidi Ayton Chief of Compliance, Croud
Harper James Solicitors provides excellent value for money and helps to cover gaps in specialist areas of legal practice. Using an outside legal provider enables us, as a business, to better manage our internal resources, the volume of work we have and to deal with our level of overall risk. I would undoubtedly recommend them to others.
Robert Cowling General Counsel, FleetCor

Why choose Harper James Solicitors?

Our team is made up of experienced legal professionals, many of whom have worked in industry as data protection officers and advisers. We have built up working relationships with the ICO and other relevant institutions, and some of us are members of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) meaning we keep track of emerging global developments in the data protection sphere. Data protection law is detailed and technical. We translate the jargon and legalese into clear and transparent advice that you and your staff will understand.

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Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:

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Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.

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Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.



What next?

Get expert GDP compliance advice and from our team of data protection specialists. Call us on 0800 689 1700, email us at enquiries@harperjames.co.uk, or fill out the short form below with your enquiry. Youinitial consultation is free of charge and we aim to respond to all messages received within 24 hours.

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