A solicitor has created what he claims is the UK’s first firm dedicated to digital law.
Peter Wright founded DigitalLawUK, based in south Yorkshire, after dealing with millions of online documents for a miners’ case he was involved with at a previous firm.
The increasing need for advice on online security inspired him to create the firm with his wife Heather Anson, a US attorney. The firm advises on data protection, copyright, social media policies and freedom of information.
‘A lot of companies know they have to be careful with data, but don’t really understand all the complexities of the law,’ said Wright. ‘You can have the IT department saying one thing, HR another, marketing something else and the legal team caught in the middle, and the risks are not taken seriously.
‘We can come in and look at it all as a whole and work out exactly what is going on and make sure everything is legally compliant. The alternative can be fines and damage to reputation.’
Wright said companies are having to find ways of staying compliant in the midst of rapid technological change. Other aspects, such as social media policies included in employment contracts, are prone to change and are still [...]