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The session was chaired by Data Protection specialists Vanessa de Froberville and Jocelyn Paulley of the international law firm Gowling WLG, in association with LexisNexis, C&I London and Douglas Scott.
The emphasis of the event was more than just an overview of the new regulations; it also facilitated practical discussions so that delegates could share opinion on the impact of the impending implementation including the much-debated topic of who in a company should bear responsibility for compliance and how in-house lawyers can engage the leaders of their business.
Vanessa and Jocelyn gave a detailed overview of the new GDPR which is timetabled for implementation from May 2018, covering the reach of the new regulations, what is in, what is out and what has been beefed up. The Gowling WLG slides can be viewed as
a PDF here but in summary:
Practical tips for preparing for GDPR in 2018
A lot of preparation can be done upfront and can be underway now:
Check out Phase 1 of the GDPR Planner >>
Delegates then moved into smaller breakout groups where more individual and nuanced discussions could occur and questions could be raised as to how others are faring with the preparation for implementation. Groups considered the following topics and then
fed back to the room – we’ve summarized some of the main questions and discussions which we hope will be informative and give a sense of the issues by other in-house lawyers.
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Sophie is Head of Learning & Development at F-LEX Legal - an award winning legal tech startup helping law firms and organisations manage a flexible work force and supporting lawyers to make smarter life/work choices.
As part of her portfolio career Sophie runs various learning and development and networking forums for in-house lawyers and mentors junior lawyers. These include Flying Solo for small and solo legal teams and Aspire for junior in-house lawyers which she runs for LexisNexis UK. She also works with schools and organisations to promote social mobility within the legal profession, working with The Social Mobility Business Partnership and Aspiring Solicitors.
She trained as a lawyer in the City and worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group.
Outside of work she is happily married with three sons and enjoys morning walks along the beach with her two dogs.
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