Data protection and information sharing for academy trusts and schools

Data protection and information sharing affects the people you employ, through to students and any third parties you are engaged with.

You will hold, use and potentially share a wide variety of personal information about the people you employ through to your pupils and students and any third parties you are engaged with. The costs and risks of mismanaging data are high; with high fines, reputational issues and even criminal penalties should things go wrong.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect in May 2018 superseded the Data Protection Act 1998. It revolutionises data protection and has a potentially huge impact on UK schools, academies and colleges. With it comes significant change and a culture of privacy that must be embedded within your organisation. Those in breach of the GDPR will face heavy financial penalties of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover, whichever is highest.

Our expert team of lawyers advise and assist schools on the approach you should be taking to handling data within your organisation. We advise on all areas of information law from the implications of data protection to the Freedom of Information Act.

Featured Experience

Ericsson on confidentiality

Acting for Ericsson on confidentiality aspects of the Unwired Planet non-technical trial - Unwired Planet International Ltd v Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd & Anor [2017] EWHC 3083 (Pat).

Infinis - Resisted Anonymization - Privacy

Infinis v Accounting for Energy, a breach of confidence case where we successfully resisted an anonymization.

Bradford college

We were appointed by Bradford college to complete all legal work relating to the conversion of its existing academy, Appleton Trust, to multi-academy status, and the sponsoring of Aire Valley School. We have also been appointed to advise on its studio school.

A further education college

Advising an FE college on a safeguarding allegation against a member of staff and successfully defending the subsequent employment tribunal claim whilst ensuring the reputation of the college was not damaged.

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