Solicitor advocate becomes Scotland's second accredited FoI and data protection expert

Solicitor advocate Laura Irvine has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Freedom of Information and Data Protection Law.

The Davidson Chalmers partner becomes only the second Scottish lawyer in private practice to achieve the highly regarded standard.


Irvine joined Davidson Chalmers last year as the firm’s head of Regulatory Law and specialist accreditation strengthens her credentials as one of Scotland’s leading data protection and cyber security experts.

Law Society of Scotland accreditation recognises solicitors who develop specialist knowledge and helps clients to identify solicitors adept at more complex cases.

Irvine is a solicitor advocate who advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. She was part of the only legal team in the UK to have successfully overturned a fine imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office under the Data Protection Act.

She authored the Law Society of Scotland’s Guide to GDPR in 2018 and chaired GDPR roadshows run by the society in advance of data protection legislation coming into force last May. She is a director of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre.

Irvine said: “I am delighted to be recognised by the Law Society through this specialist accreditation. I have had the opportunity to work on some ground-breaking data protection cases and have embraced the challenges of the introduction of the GDPR into an increasingly complex regulatory landscape.


“As businesses recognise the importance of managing personal data correctly, the need for specialist advice will only grow.”

Irvine will be chairing Law Society of Scotland Data Protection roadshows in Edinburgh (1 April), Glasgow (9 April), Aberdeen (24 April) and Inverness (29 April). For more details on these events click here .


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