Data

Data

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Protecting, controlling and leveraging your most valuable asset

Today data protection and information rights are integral to the lives of businesses and individuals. Barely a week goes by without a data or privacy story hitting the headlines. The advent of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018 requires businesses to understand its implications and comply with its rules. Failure to satisfy regulatory requirements can be a threat to any business. At the same time data breaches have become almost everyday news. However, with the right advice you can take issues of diversity, reputation, flexibility and regulatory risk and turn them into competitive advantages.

Key Services

We use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies to continually improve the level of service we deliver to our clients and meet their changing needs:

  • We were the first major UK law firm to launch an in-house eDiscovery business, MDR Discover. Using machine learning we review documents in a fraction of the time that armies of paralegals require.
  • Our Cyber Intelligence team, MDR Cyber, has developed proprietary tools that scrape the internet for connections that human analysts might take weeks to uncover. This saves our clients money and allows our lawyers more time to develop winning strategies.
  • Our Real Estate team uses data manipulation tools which automatically pull data from public sources, including the Land Registry and Companies House.

Our incubator, MDR LAB, has now run for three seasons and invested in several of the participating companies. Ping, for example, has used data analytics to completely overhaul our time recording system and give clients greater visibility on how money is spent.

With this experience and expertise we are able to offer a range of services that cover any client's data needs:

Cyber security

Our in-house cyber security consultant and data protection experts work closely alongside our data theft lawyers and reputation management specialists. With backgrounds in management consultancy and cyber security, our team helps clients to identify their cyber risks, protect against them and give a greater degree of assurance that these risks are being properly managed, from both a technical and operational standpoint.

Data theft, Confidential Information & Trade Secrets, Investigations

A company's confidential data, whether a database of client information, key financial information or trade secrets, is one of its most valuable assets. It gives the company a competitive edge in the market. Yet its misappropriation and misuse can provide a competitor with a significant and unfair advantage. Confidential data can be extremely vulnerable to theft and misuse. Our team of data theft specialists has 15 years' experience advising on and litigating high profile data theft cases, and is made up of experts from our fraud litigation, white collar crime and employment groups.

Reputation Protection

Digital technology allows publication of sensitive or damaging information to the world at large, and this can often happen unnoticed. Once sensitive information has been picked up by the media or spread online, an immediate response is vital to minimise its potential damage. 

But crisis management alone is not enough. We prepare strategy in advance, implement it swiftly and robustly when needed, and provide damage limitation advice during and after a crisis. We also have extensive experience of working with in-house teams to provide ongoing reputation management strategies.

Data Protection & GDPR

To us regulatory risk is not a cost that should simply be written off. It is something that can be managed and actually turned to your advantage. Of course, compliance with the GDPR regime is essential. With penalties for non-compliance having risen sharply, proper judgement and systems must be applied to data collection, and if data is lost, rapid notification is critical. Remember the risks of non-compliance are not only financial but reputational.

However, data is also a strategic issue. Choosing what data to collect, how to use it, and how to protect it can bring great benefits. The value of a business can be greatly increased by good data practice. We advise our clients on how best to achieve their strategic objectives while complying with an evolving regulatory regime. We highlight gaps in compliance, explain how to implement the requisite policies and procedures, resolve incidents and repair reputations.

Read more about our approach here.

Data strategy and analytics

Our in-house data strategy unit, led by UCL and Cambridge fellow Dr. Alastair Moore, provides data-focused support to businesses across a wide range of sectors. Working with data is a key way to acquire new knowledge, which, by asking the right questions, can then be turned into insight which can in turn unlock increased value within your business. Maintaining active ties with academic partners ensures our team are up to speed with the very latest in data management tools.

Employee data

Employers hold vast amounts of data on their employees, from salaries and bank details to personal information and medical records. Used correctly this data can enhance business outcomes; to ensure diversity – whether of age, race or ethnicity - or to measure and improve any gender pay gap. However, data can pose a considerable risk to employers if managed incorrectly. We advise clients on how to minimise risk by adopting the right practices and data management strategies, and we train staff to ensure compliance.

Customer data

We advise clients on the rules relating to marketing and how to collect, hold and use customer data.

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GDPR and Data Protection

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