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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Guide for Barristers and Chambers

Purpose: To assist barristers and sets of chambers in their compliance with the GDPR
Scope of application: All barristers and chambers
Issued by: The Information Technology Panel
First reviewed: 01/10/2017
Last reviewed: 01/05/2018
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this page. This is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, directly applicable to the Bar. This guide and associated annexes seek to provide essential support to barristers and chambers in meeting their data protection obligations. Click here for information about upcoming Bar Council training on the GDPR.


GDPR Toolkit

The Bar Council, Legal Practice Management Association and Institute of Barristers’ Clerks have partnered with Riliance to produce the GDPR Toolkit, available free to the profession for 12 months. The GDPR Toolkit includes further guidance along with template policies and procedures to assist you in becoming GDPR compliant in advance of 25 May 2018. Click here to sign up and access these resources.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has also issued guidance, which is available here.


GDPR Webinar

This event held on 27 April 2018 was generously co-funded by the European Union’s REC Programme as part of the Training of Lawyers on the European Union’s Data Protection Reform (TRADATA)project.

This full day conference was constructed to assist barristers, as well as chambers staff with their preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which all barristers and chambers must comply with from 25 May 2018.

Click here to find out more.

Download: General Data Protection Regulation Bar Council Guide for Barristers and Chambers:

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Download: Annexes to GDPR Guide for Barristers and Chambers:

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Download: GDPR: Frequently Asked Questions:

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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional practice, ethics and information security. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor bodies regulating information security nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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