Dehns is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses personal data and to meeting its data protection obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018). Dehns takes data protection very seriously, and the ownership of data protection governance within Dehns is with its Management Board.
Dehns provides specialist services to its clients in the area of Intellectual Property and processes data in accordance with the professional obligations applicable to UK and European Patent and Trade Mark attorneys. The partners of Dehns therefore consider themselves to be Data Controllers in respect of all of the firm’s data processing activities.
In accordance with the requirements of the DPA 2018 for Data Controllers, Dehns has implemented appropriate technical and organisational measures, including proportionate data protection policies, to ensure, and to be able to demonstrate, that processing is performed in accordance with that regulation. These measures, which will be regularly reviewed and updated where necessary, take account of the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing by Dehns as well as the risks, of varying likelihood and severity, for the rights and freedoms of data subjects.
Beyond the necessary levels applicable to the ancillary activities of any professional services firm (with numbers of partners, staff and offices similar to that of Dehns), the core activities of Dehns, which involve client and supplier bases made up almost entirely of other businesses, do not require the large scale, regular and systematic monitoring of individuals nor consist of the large scale processing of special (sensitive) categories of data or data relating to criminal convictions and offences. Consequently, the processing of personal data by Dehns is considered generally to be of low risk in relation to the rights and freedoms of relevant data subjects.