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Joanne advises businesses across all sectors on intellectual property (IP) and IT issues both nationally and internationally. She provides specialist advice in relation to IT contracts, e-commerce and data protection. In IP, Joanne advises on branding strategy and getting a return on investment through licensing IPR.
She also advises on copy clearance in respect of advertisements.
A client says "She's like an extension of our legal team." – Chambers & Partners, 2018
Sources say she is "very good and responsive, and always gets back to us quickly. She doesn't sit on the fence – she points us in the right direction." - Chambers & Partners 2015
“Our survey into GDPR 12 months ago highlighted a significant lack of awareness about the new rules. I’m pleased to say this has changed and many businesses have been working flat out to ensure that they are compliant in time for the May deadline.
“I’m also pleased to say that a lot of organisations have approached the new rules with a great deal of positivity; seeing GDPR as an opportunity for how they interact and engage with their customers.
“It’s important thing to remember is that the so-called ‘G-day’ is just the start of the process.
“Businesses need to embed their data processing controls into their everyday processes and with the ICO saying it will issue new guidance in the future, it is vital that businesses keep up to speed with what the Regulator is telling them.
“For those businesses that don’t think that they are compliant or are concerned about it, it is important that they do not panic. Doing nothing is not an option and it is vital that businesses roadmap exactly what he going to do and by when.
“It’s also no excuse to think that it’s an EU rule and that Brexit will soon mean it doesn’t matter. The UK is committed to these rules and businesses can’t bury their heads in the sand.”
“These results are concerning because with next May’s deadline fast-approaching and with so much at stake, our study reveals there’s a very real possibility that the majority of organisations will not be compliant in time.”
“Contrary to popular belief personal data is not just consumer information. It is hard to think of a business today that does not use personal data. Whether you have employee data, customer data or supplier data – if the data relates to an individual you will be caught by the new data protection laws.”
“These results are concerning because with next May’s deadline fast-approaching and with so much at stake, our study reveals there’s a very real possibility that a large number of IT & telecoms companies will not be compliant in time.
“It’s a staggering statistic but 90% of the world’s data was only created in the last two years. Data is at the very heart of every telecoms operations and by 2020, there will be ten times the current amount of mobile data and much of it unstructured. The time to install the right data shields and internal compliant controls to minimise the risk of breaches is now.”
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