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This Practice Note provides a summary of the UK GDPR regime. For a higher-level introduction to UK and EEA data protection laws, see Practice Notes: Data protection law—new starter guide and Introduction to the EU GDPR and UK GDPR. The Data protection toolkit collates further key guidance on this regime and is a recommended starting point for research.
The processing of personal data by competent authorities for law enforcement purposes or by the intelligence services, which are governed by specific regimes under Parts 3 and 4 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018), are beyond the scope of this Practice Note. Any processing regarding certain personal data relating to immigration control data that may be subject to the ‘Frozen GDPR’ is also out of scope. For information on such regimes, see Practice Notes: Processing personal data by law enforcement and intelligence agencies and Brexit—implications for data protection—Post-implementation period: The Frozen GDPR and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Guide to Data Protection, which includes a Guide to Law Enforcement Processing and a Guide to Intelligence Services Processing.
This Practice Note covers:
data protection principles
lawful basis for processing
processing special categories of personal data
processing of criminal conviction and offence data
data subject rights
accountability and governance
personal data breaches
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Pension commencement lump sums (PCLSs)When a member of a pension scheme becomes entitled to receive their scheme benefits, they can usually take part as a tax-free lump sum. HMRC calls this a ‘pension commencement lump sum’ (PCLS). Taking a lump sum is usually at the option of the member who will
Judicial review—time limits and the pre-action protocolWhen considering whether and how to bring a claim for judicial review, the first step is to consider whether judicial review is be an appropriate means of addressing the issues raised by the case at hand. For further guidance, see Practice Note:
Common financial covenantsThis Practice Note explains certain common financial covenants used in commercial finance transactions including:•minimum net worth test•gearing ratio•leverage ratio (or debt to equity ratio)•current ratio (or acid test ratio)•cashflow ratio•interest cover ratio, and•loan
Public inquiry procedureThe procedure by which a public inquiry is conducted will vary significantly from one inquiry to the next. Even for inquiries established under the Inquiries Act 2005 (IA 2005), the associated inquiry rules are not particularly prescriptive as to how they ought to be
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