Gregg Latchams’ Summer Tech Social: Pizza and Wine and GDPR oh my!
We pride ourselves at Gregg Latchams for never hosting a bad party, and though we say so ourselves, last week’s Tech Social was another example of how excellent company, delicious pizza, and a drinks table can really make an evening!
We welcomed Bristol’s finest tech and digital entrepreneurs, developers, start-ups, and corporates to network, enjoy pizza and a drink, and hear from our mystery guest speaker who was revealed to be . . . our very own Ed Boal!
Ed is the head of our Digital Media & Technology sector, advising clients within the sector on everything from securing investment to the development and licensing of technology platforms and data privacy matters. He has a keen interest in technology and software development, which enables him to provide his clients with the best possible advice.
So much has happened within this exciting and vibrant team this year, that Ed took the chance to explore with our tech and digital attendees just what developments could be affecting them – and of course, there was a mention of GDPR and the consequences that it will have for countless businesses and start-ups in the UK and even abroad.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides a new legal framework for data protection, and will come into force next year. It’s a complex bit of legislation which will replace the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) from 25 May 2018, and many tech companies in particular are going to need to re-think their approach to mailing list subscribers, data collection, and website interacts.
But enough of that (for now . . . ). Chris Haywood was introduced to the room as one of the most recent recruits to the Digital Media & Technology team at Gregg Latchams, and he spoke briefly on his experience within intellectual property law and his work in that field. Ed finished up by thanking the clients in the room, and explored how Gregg Latchams’ expertise would be instrumental at the right time for tech and digital companies, as many have already found.
Although there will be a short break over the summer without any Tech Socials, they have proved popular enough to ensure a return in the autumn. Invaluable as a meet up for like-minded professionals in Bristol, the informal setting – and food! – makes it a well-attended event without the pressure of selling.
There were over 30 attendees to this month’s event, and all attendees were able to network and gather great contacts for their digital and technology enterprises within Bristol. Gregg Latchams loves interacting with local Bristol networks, and their legal expertise is an excellent foundation for many.
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