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Data Protection Individual Rights Assistant (1643)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

Your Role

Working as an Data Protection Individual Rights Assistant, you’ll be responsible for processing and responding to requests from data subjects, relating to their individual rights. This includes Subject Access Requests and Erasure requests. You’ll report into the Senior Data Protection Advisor, however, you’ll work closely with the Individual Rights Coordinator to complete more complex requests.

What You’ll Be Doing

• Processing and respond to requests made by individuals with regards to their personal data, primarily subject access requests and erasure requests with limited supervision.
• Dealing with more complex requests and queries with supervision and guidance from the Senior Data Protection Advisor.
• Verify requestors and ensure they are authorised to make subject access and erasure requests.
• Ensure full and thorough searches are completed for a subject’s data, liaising with records management and fee earners as required .
• Consider and apply appropriate redactions and exemptions to the data we hold on individuals when processing subject access requests.
• Keep an accurate and appropriate record of all requests.
• Proactively monitor and track progress of all requests to ensure that they are responded to inside of time limits.
• Keep abreast of evolving data protection legislation and guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
• Carry out any other required responsibilities as requested by the Data Protection Senior Advisor.

What We’re Looking For

• A strong knowledge and understanding of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.
• Previous experience of working to meet tight deadlines and work well under pressure, aswell as overseeing the work of others.
• Demonstrative experience of proactively building relationships across a range of internal departments at all levels.
• Ability to work confidently under minimal direction, aswell as working as part of a team.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Ability to work confidentially and with discretion.
• Ideally, you might have previous experience working in a compliance in-house legal capacity, but this isn’t essential.
If this sounds like you, we’d love to receive your application.

What we can offer you
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B2 5DB

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  • Business Area:
    Group Services
  • Team:
    General Counsel
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
  • Vacancy Type:
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    Birmingham, Sheffield
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