130 le­gal ea­gles gather in Tralee to dis­cuss GDPR

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

CLOSE to 130 so­lic­i­tors from across the county gath­ered in Tralee last Thurs­day for a ma­jor le­gal con­fer­ence with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on GDPR.

The ‘Es­sen­tial So­lic­i­tors Update con­fer­ence’ at the Bal­ly­garry Ho­tel was or­gan­ised by the Law So­ci­ety Fin­uas Skill­net in part­ner­ship with Kerry Law So­ci­ety and pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal so­lic­i­tors to update their knowl­edge in key ar­eas of Ir­ish and EU law.

Pres­i­dent of the Kerry Law So­ci­ety Tralee So­lic­i­tor Pat Mann said the con­fer­ence is a chance for lo­cal so­lic­i­tors to up­skill so they can pro­vide the best pos­si­ble ad­vice to their clients.

“The le­gal land­scape is con­tin­u­ously evolv­ing. This year, we have had huge changes within the law, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to data pro­tec­tion. These changes im­pact all in­dus­tries in the Kerry re­gion in­clud­ing farm­ing and tourism,” he said.

“The con­fer­ence was a chance to meet other lo­cal so­lic­i­tors, share con­cerns and ad­vice on be­half of lo­cal clients, and talk with ex­perts about de­vel­op­ments in the sec­tor,” said Mr Mann.

Given Kerry’s eco­nomic re­liance on tourism the po­ten­tial im­pact of GDPR on tourist busi­nesses was of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est, as Kerry Law So­ci­ety Sec­re­tary John Galvin ex­plained.

“The new data pro­tec­tion rules came into ef­fect just be­fore the sum­mer and it is im­por­tant that all busi­nesses in Kerry stay com­pli­ant,” said Mr Galvin.

“Kerry has a great tourism in­dus­try, and one as­pect of tourism is the col­lec­tion of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. Lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions should be aware of how they han­dle their cus­tomers’ per­sonal data,” he said.

“Any or­gan­i­sa­tion or busi­ness deal­ing with per­sonal data, in­clud­ing many SMEs and tourist at­trac­tions, so­cial groups, sport clubs and vol­un­teer groups in our re­gion need to be fol­low­ing these rules,” said Mr Galvin.

“The im­pact of changes to GDPR around key lo­cal in­dus­tries such as tourism and farm­ing can be com­plex and de­mand­ing. The fines for non-com­pli­ance could be dam­ag­ing to a small busi­ness.”

All pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh.

The Law So­ci­ety of Ire­land and the Kerry Branch of the Law So­ci­ety held a con­fer­ence this week in the Bal­ly­garry House Ho­tel in Tralee.

Tim O’Leary and Greg Lani­gan from Kil­lar­ney pic­tured at the re­cent Law So­ci­ety Con­fer­ence which was held in the Bal­ly­garry House Ho­tel.

Sarah Quill (Bally­bunion) and Mar­gu­rite Fitzger­ald (Tralee) pic­tured en­joy­ing them­selves at the Law So­ci­ety con­fer­ence in the Bal­ly­garry House Ho­tel last week.

All Pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh

Mem­bers of the Kerry Branch of the Law So­ci­ety of Ire­land and the Law So­ci­ety of Ire­land pic­tured at a con­fer­ence in Bal­ly­garry House Ho­tel last week.

All pho­tos by Dom­nick Walsh

John Galvin (Kerry Branch Pres­i­dent Law So­ci­ety) and Michael Quin­lan (Pres­i­dent of the Law So­ci­ety of Ire­land) at a con­fer­ence in the Bal­ly­garry House Ho­tel.

Conor Miles and Lorna Larkin from Kil­lar­ney pic­tured at a Kaw So­ci­ety of Ire­land and Kerry Branch of the Law So­ci­ety con­fer­ence in the Bal­ly­garry House Ho­tel last week.

Yvonne Kelly (Tralee) and Michael Fitz­patrick from Lis­towel pic­tured at the Law So­ci­ety con­fer­ence in Bal­ly­garry House Ho­tel last week.

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