Legal experts from Plymouth’s GA Solicitors will be giving property professionals the lowdown on new regulations governing data protection, which come into force this May.

The law firm is hosting a training seminar, exclusively for the Plymouth Area Property Professionals Association (PAPPA), to appraise members of what they will need to do to ensure they conform to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Due to come into force on May 25th, the GDPR is designed to empower individuals across the European Union and make it simpler for them to control the way companies use their personal information.

Among a raft of new measures, businesses will face fines for data misuse or breaches of the new regulations and individuals can demand a copy of all information held about them, which must be supplied within 30 days.

During the training seminar on Wednesday 28th February at the law firm’s Plymouth office, David Wallis, Donna Butler and Rob Zacal of GA Solicitors (pictured) will be sharing their experiences of the new rules and the challenges it will present PAPPA members.   

PAPPA chairman, Ben Dreher, said that formal industry training in the region on the impact of the new regulations was only available in Bristol, but thanks to GA, PAPPA members could now access a local session.

 “In common with many sectors, the GDPR will impact significantly on the property industry, so it is important that all our members are fully aware of the implications and requirements of GDPR, particularly as the association is committed to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity,” said Ben.

“GA Solicitors has been incredibly generous in offering us this important training. It is a good example of the way PAPPA has helped to unify many property professionals in the city, sharing ideas and best practice, as well as keeping up to speed with regulatory changes, for the benefit of all our clients.”

David Wallis, partner of GA Solicitors and head of residential conveyancing, added: “We have a strong relationship with PAPPA and are delighted to support its members in this way. GDPR includes complex legislation with significant fines so it is important for businesses of all types and sizes to have this in hand as early as possible.

“We have decided to offer this to members free of charge but with donations being made to our charity of the year, Little Things & Co. This event will therefore help not only local agents in the city, but also a deserving and worthwhile Plymouth charity.”