Digital law firm the ‘first in the country’

Peter Wright and Heather Anson.
Peter Wright and Heather Anson.
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A solicitor who had to sift through millions of online documents relating to miners’ diseases has set up a digital law firm.

DigitalLawUK, which is based in Barnsley, was the idea of Peter Wright after he had to get to grips with the law surrounding data storage as part of high-profile miners’ cases he was dealing with.

The firm, which he launched earlier this year with wife Heather Anson, a US attorney, gives advice on digital issues from data protection and copyright to social media policies and Freedom of Information.

Based in the Digital Media Centre, it does not give advice on any other legal matters.

Over the next few weeks Peter is speaking at conferences, mainly in London, on topics from cloud computing to the ‘right to be forgotten’ online.

Peter, who is chair of the Law Society’s Technology and Law Reference Group, said: “It is very different from many other areas of law.

“You can train someone in buying and selling houses and not much changes in 40 years, but we have to keep up with changes all the time.

“A lot of companies know they have to be careful with data, but don’t really understand all the complexities.”