Top Judge to Present at Carson McDowell's second GDPR seminar

06 February 2018


One of Northern Ireland’s top judges is set to provide a rarely heard level of judicial insight ahead of the forthcoming implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when he speaks at a seminar hosted by Carson McDowell on 15th February.

Lord Justice Stephens, who is an expert in data protection, was educated at Manchester University. He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1977, the Bar of England and Wales in July 1978 and to the Bar of Ireland in 1996.

Since then he held a number of positions at the Bar including Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland and Vice Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland.

He was appointed as a High Court Judge in 2007 and on 5 September 2017 he was appointed Senior Lord Justice of Appeal.

Carson McDowell has already kicked off a series of five seminars to help local businesses prepare for the biggest changes in data protection history ahead of GDPR coming into effect on 25th May 2018.

The forthcoming workshop at The Mac in Belfast, which will be presented by Lord Justice Stephens, will explore high risk processing and data protection impact assessments. GDPR will impose stricter requirements on controllers that engage in so called ‘high risk’ activities. For activities not considered ‘high risk’ controllers must still adopt measures appropriate to the risk level of the activity.

Olivia O’Kane, partner at Carson McDowell, said: “ We are delighted to confirm that Sir Stephens has confirmed that he is available to open our session on 15 February 2018. This is a unique opportunity for businesses to benefit from an insight, from one of Northern Ireland’s most senior members of the judiciary, into views from the Bench in regard to data protection generally.

“Our seminars are designed to make sure that businesses are GDPR ready. We will provide a step by step guide as to what your heightened requirements are for high risk activities and take you through a privacy impact assessment. We will deconstruct ‘risk’ and take you through examples of what a high risk activity is to illustrate how you can employ a risk analysis approach.”

For further information on Carson McDowell’s GDPR seminars please email [email protected].