Laura Irvine accredited by Law Society of Scotland in FOI and data protection
Davidson Chalmers partner Laura Irvine has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in freedom of information and data protection law, making her just the second Scottish lawyer in private practice to achieve the standard.
The Law Society accreditation recognises solicitors who develop specialist knowledge during their careers, assisting clients to identify solicitors with the necessary expertise, particularly in more complex cases.
Ms Irvine is a solicitor advocate who advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. She was part of the only legal team in the UK to have successfully over-turned a fine imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office under the Data Protection Act.
She authored the Law Society of Scotland’s Guide to GDPR published in 2018 and also chaired a series of GDPR roadshows run by the society prior to new data protection legislation being introduced last May. Her specialist expertise is also reflected in her position as a director of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre.
Ms Irvine said: “I am delighted to be recognised by the Law Society through this specialist accreditation. I have had the opportunity to work on some ground breaking data protection cases and have embraced the challenges of the introduction of the GDPR into an increasingly complex regulatory landscape.
“As businesses recognise the importance of managing personal data correctly, the need for specialist advice will only grow.”