Bar Council, IBC and LPMA to back the Bar on new data protection regime

24 August 2017

The Bar Council is preparing to launch a new programme to support the Bar in readiness for the arrival of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) next year. 

To support barristers and chambers in preparing for compliance with their new data protection obligations, the Bar Council, in partnership with the Legal Practice Management Association (LPMA) and the Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC), has invited bids from potential contractors for two new initiatives. 

The first initiative is to provide template materials to enable chambers to audit their current data protection provisions and assess these against the requirements of GDPR.  The second is to deliver, in partnership with the Bar Council, compliance measures tailored to the specific needs of individual chambers. 

The GDPR comes into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. The Government has confirmed that Brexit will not affect the commencement of the GDPR in the UK, and will also be introducing a Data Protection Bill to update and strengthen current data protection legislation. 

These latest projects are intended to complement the Bar Council IT Panel's GDPR guidance for the Bar, which will be launched at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference on 4 November 2017. 

The aim is to make the GDPR Guidance and the project materials available to all barristers and chambers immediately after the conference. 

Click here to access the GDPR Readiness Invitation to Tender


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