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Giles Ward, a senior partner and head of litigation at Milners, has been invited to help schools across the UK avoid data protection breaches and combat the growing menace of cyber-attacks.

Ward will share his expertise with delegates from over 400 independent schools at a flagship conference in Nottingham next week. He will be a keynote speaker at the Admissions, Marketing & Development in Independent Schools (AMDIS) annual conference offering a first-hand insight into how schools ensure compliance. He will explore the strict rules for protecting data and how these laws are poised to change, as well as offer guidance about what steps they should take now.

“As we have all witnessed, schools here in Yorkshire as well throughout the UK are being thrust into the data protection spotlight in ever-increasing ways,” he said.

“From new and emerging legislation to sophisticated cyber-attacks – the education sector, and the ultra-sensitive information it holds, is now exposed to unprecedented risks.

“Now more than ever before, a raft of actions needs taking to avoid that dreaded knock on the headmaster’s door from the Information Commissioner’s Office, and the scrutiny, penalties, and high-profile media interest that potentially follow.”

Ward has been practising law since the early 1990s and represents clients both nationally and internationally. He regularly publishes articles in both traditional and social media, with a special interest in data protection.

Milners is headquartered at Whitehall Waterfront in Leeds city centre with sister offices in Harrogate and Pontefract.

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