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Thanks to technology, information can be created, copied and disseminated with ease. This has led to exponential growth in the quantity of personal and official information that organisations have a responsibility to manage.

To add to this complexity, healthcare organisations are faced with the twin legal obligations of releasing official information and protecting personal and confidential information. When these two obligations clash, the law can sometimes seem particularly difficult to interpret.

There’s no denying data protection is a difficult area of law to navigate, but our expert team of specialists will focus on the details, and guide you through the process, taking a risk-based approach to your specific case.

The legal landscape can feel overwhelming. If you need help and support to clarify your obligations and protect your data and your organisation, we’re here to help.

Our services
  • Access to health records
  • Agreements with suppliers
  • Camera surveillance
  • Controller, processor, joint controller assessments
  • Data protection impact assessments
  • Data sharing
  • Disclosures to third parties
  • Environmental information
  • Freedom of Information
  • Information Commissioner’s assessments and investigations
  • International transfers
  • Monitoring
  • Policies, procedures and other compliance documentation
  • Privacy notices
  • Processor supply chains
  • Subject access requests and other individual requests
  • Third party requests by police or others
  • Training

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Judy Baker

Partner | IP/IT

+44 (0) 330 137 3439

+44 (0) 784 351 5807

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Phil Tompkins

Partner | Commercial

+44 (0) 330 137 3415

+44 (0)7980 769 630

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What people say

  • Tim Toomey- Tim is always very commercially attuned and deals with matters quickly and cost effectively

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Good value service and added extras including bespoke training provided. They offer particularly good value and keep costs proportionate to claim value.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • I mainly work with Judy Baker who has excellent in depth knowledge of data protection law and is also extremely organised and methodical in her approach to responding to queries and issues. Her advice is always very thorough and well thought through whilst also being easy to understand.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Judy Baker is extremely professional yet approachable, quick to respond to queries and always provides clear, thorough advice.

    Legal 500
  • Indepth knowledge of all legal issues, in particular with regards to data protection and GDPR makes them unique.

  • The team are highly professional with excellent knowledge of the NHS and in particular the Ambulance Service. They are very reliable and promptly respond to clients requests. Ward Hadaway are an exceptionally client-focused firm who truly work in partnership with Trust. Overall we have an extremely good working relationship providing high quality and value for money.

    Alan Gallagher, Head of Risk and Regulatory Services, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • We have a real sense of a fresh approach from Ward Hadaway in terms of client engagement which is providing the Trust with added value benefits in terms of both cost and quality of service.

    Paul Dowell MCIPS, Deputy Head of Procurement & Supplies, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • High quality advice to suppliers and customers in the private and public sectors. Also noted for expertise in data privacy law and its commercial implications.

    Chambers & Partners
  • IT law specialist Judy Baker of Ward Hadaway 'is very responsive and extremely hard-working, and really puts herself out to help with a quick turnaround,' reports one client. Another interviewee says she is 'very up to date and proactive'.

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