SCL SW Group Breakfast Meeting: Data Protection: Accountability & beyond - Tuesday 28 November 2017, Bristol

When: 28/11/2017

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Tuesday 28 November 2017
Time: 9.00 am - 10.30 am (Registration from 8.30 am) 
Venue: Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH. Map

Sarah Hill,
Legal Director, RPC

Christopher Coughlan,
Senior Associate, Ashfords LLP
Heidi Thompson, Corporate and Commercial Counsel, Imperial Brands PLC
Andrew Charlesworth, Reader in IT law at the University of Bristol

Join the SCL South West Group for a data protection update looking at both the here and now, implementation of the GDPR next May, and the future of privacy and data protection policy down the road.

Christopher Coughlan and Heidi Thompson tackle the GDPR. Chris will remind delegates of the breadth of the new regulation, the key principle of accountability at its heart and the benefits it can bring to businesses and organisations embracing it. 

Heidi builds on the accountability theme while speaking of her experience preparing for implementation at Imperial, one of our region’s most important businesses. She will pass on some of the lessons learned and describe on how they will demonstrate compliance and responsibility for data protection.

Looking further ahead Andrew Charlesworth reports on the ‘third wave’ of trends in data protection policy, such as privacy by design, so that you can future proof your data protection strategies now.

All business owners, senior managers and their professional advisers will benefit from attending this event, and will leave with a firm grasp of how embracing the principles behind the GDPR will lighten the load of data management in the future. 


GDPR & Accountability: and that means you as well
Christopher Coughlan explains one of the key principles underpinning the GDPR

  • Accountability is the key to GDPR compliance
  • GDPR will benefit business
  • Don’t think it doesn’t apply to you

GDPR: Practical lessons from a large business 
Heidi Thompson shares her practical experience of implementing a GDPR Compliance Programme in an international company.

  • Where to start
  • Implementing the plan
  • Embedding the Principle of Accountability

The ‘Third Wave’ of International Data Protection Law
Andrew Charlesworth looks at the exciting challenges for data protection beyond GDPR

  • International developments in DP law
  • Third Wave General Principles
  • Horizon scanning

Attendance at this meeting is free of charge and is open to SCL and non-SCL members alike.

Speakers Details :
Christopher Coughlan,
is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Team and Head of Data Protection and Privacy.

Chris specialises in data protection and privacy, regularly advising clients on national and international data protection matters. Chris advises clients on the full spectrum of data protection matters including international data transfers, breach response, cookies, profiling and general compliance.

Chris regularly provides commentary on data protection including articles in the FT, The Times Brief and Telegraph. Chris is a member of the South West Data Protection and Privacy Practitioners Group, a member of techUK's data protection group and he regularly speaks on data protection. He spoke at the ICOs annual Data Protection Practitioners Conference earlier this year and more recently for members of IMRG.

Heidi Thompson is Corporate and Commercial Counsel at Imperial Brands PLC, an international FTSE 100 Company with sales in 160 Countries. Since joining Imperial in 2013, Heidi has worked on a number of projects with Data Protection implications, most recently establishing and leading Imperial’s GDPR Compliance Programme. 

She has 15 years’ experience of working on Data Protection matters in large organisations and small, building a wealth of knowledge about the practical application of the topic.  
Heidi is a Chartered Company Secretary and general commercial lawyer.

Andrew Charlesworth teaches, researches and consults on a range of IT issues, including privacy and data protection. He wrote the UK Code of Practice for Data Protection in Further and Higher Education for the DPA 1998, which has been widely used in UK Universities and colleges, and was part of the international group of experts that developed the UK ICO’s Privacy Impact Assessment Handbook. He is currently part of the EU-funded international PrivacyFlag consortium developing crowdsourcing-based privacy protection for smartphone applications, websites and Internet of Things deployment.

Administration notes:
Attendance at this meeting is free of charge and is open to SCL and non-SCL members alike. Please note that you cannot book online. 

Bookings: If you wish to attend this meeting please email to reserve your place.

Membership: Non-members wishing to join the Society are entitled to membership of the Society valid for 12 months from the date of payment including full access to the content of the SCL web site, 6 copies of the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" plus notification of future SCL events. The cost of an annual SCL membership is £125.00. If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact the SCL office on Tel: 0117 9041242 or Email:

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the Society for Computers and Law to change the content/timing of the programme and/or speakers.

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