PAPPA delegates attending a training session on new data protection rules about to come into force have made a £200 donation to the Plymouth legal firm, which staged the event.

The money will go to GA Solicitors’ adopted charity for the year, Little Things & Co., established in Plymouth in 2013 to give those who have suffered the loss of a baby access to practical and emotional support.

GA Solicitors offered PAPPA the exclusive seminar free of charge in return for the donation and association chairman Ben Dreher said that members were happy to help such a good cause.

“We really appreciate staff from GA Solicitors taking time out of their busy schedules to appraise our members on the forthcoming changes in data protection law,” said Ben.

“The session was highly informative and gave all our members an invaluable insight into how the new rules will impact on our businesses, as well as the systems we must put in place.”

During the session, legal experts David Wallis, Donna Butler and Rob Zacal shared their experiences of the new EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the measures PAPPA’s property professionals will need to adopt.

The GDPR will come into force on May 25th and is a European Union wide regulation designed to help individuals better control how their personal information is used by companies and organisations.

Under the new regulations, businesses could be fined for data misuse or other breaches and individuals can demand a copy of all information held about them, which must be supplied within 30 days.   

David Wallis, partner of GA Solicitors and head of residential conveyancing, detailed the event as a great success: “The seminar was very well received by all of the PAPPA members and we were pleased to be able to offer them some guidance on this new and complex legislation.

“This event provided a great opportunity to help not only property professionals in Plymouth, but a very deserving local charity. Little Things has been our charity of the year since August and to have added another £200 to the pot is just fantastic.”