ABC Online Training for Chambers

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UK General Data Protection Regulation Training for the Bar

The ABC 2022 UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) training module was specially developed and written for Members of the Bar by allying the regulatory and GDPR expertise of Jane Sarginson, a member of St Philips Chambers who specialises in Information and Data Privacy Law, to the experience of the ABC team and its consultants who have worked in the niche Chambers industry for many years and have been helping barristers and Chambers in their GDPR compliance since 2017.

About the author

Jane Sarginson has first-hand experience of helping organisations implement strategies to ensure compliance and providing practical and accessible training, incisive advice, and robust representation in this area. Jane is an accredited EU General Data Protection Regulation Practitioner, recognised by the International Board for IT Governance Qualifications. She is frequently approached for comment by the press on developments in this area.

Jane has addressed audiences comprised of barristers, solicitors, and solicitors’ commercial clients on the topic of GDPR, provided bespoke advice to private and public sector organisations on compliance and their obligations in this area and has devised and delivered training material on data law. She has advised both those seeking to make and resist SARs, advised as to liability and quantum in situations where data breaches are alleged and has appeared on behalf of interested parties in proceedings before the First Tier Tribunal, including those involving the ICO.

This course is designed to give Members of the Bar practising from Chambers, independently, or virtually, as well as employed Barristers or those in pupillage, a good understanding of the UK GDPR. The course covers the principles of the UK GDPR and will help you to understand the need to process people’s data lawfully, as well as ensure data security in your practice. It will help you to understand whether your policies and procedures meet UK GDPR standards and the steps you need to take to reach or maintain UK GDPR compliance.

UK General Data Protection Regulation Training for Chambers Support Staff

The ABC 2022 UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) training module was specially developed and written for Chambers support staff by allying the regulatory and GDPR expertise of Jane Sarginson, a member of St Philips Chambers who specialises in Information and Data Privacy Law and has regularly spoken on the topic of GDPR to audiences comprised of barristers, solicitors and commercial clients,  to the experience of the ABC team and its consultants who have worked in the niche Chambers industry for many years and have been helping barristers and Chambers in their GDPR compliance  since 2017.

This course is designed to give support staff at all levels of seniority in Chambers, including in Clerking, Administration, Marketing and Reception type roles, a good working knowledge of the UK General Data Protection Regulation. The course covers the principles of the UK GDPR and will help you to understand the need to process people’s personal data lawfully. UK GDPR compliance starts with knowledge and awareness and the aim of this training programme is to provide you with the information that you need.

Those with a greater responsibility for UK GDPR compliance in Chambers or individuals who wish to dig deeper into the regulation and learn more about UK GDPR compliance can upgrade to the Bar version at a reduced rate by contacting ABC on [email protected].

The Bar version provides detailed information on the UK GDPR and is a useful point of reference.

Cyber Security Training

Our cyber security training is designed to raise awareness and increase vigilance. It is suitable for Members of Chambers and all levels of Chambers’ support staff. Our course has been specially written to be relevant to Chambers and will demonstrate how vulnerable we, and Chambers, are to targeted phishing and low-level cyber-crime. With many breaches caused not by a failure of expensive IT infrastructure, but because of human error or lack of understanding, strengthening the first line of defence of barristers and staff in response to targeted phishing, is paramount.

The training module is user-friendly, straightforward to use and easy to understand. You will be able to simply apply the training in your daily life and prevent you falling for the often simple, but very effective, tricks and tactics employed by those conducting targeted cyber-crime.

Topics covered include:

  • Social Engineering
    • non-technical threats used to access information systems
    • telephone & e-mail spoofing,
  • Passwords
    • password protection
    • password construction
  • Mobile device security
    • different types of mobile security threats
    • malicious Apps
    • public Wi-Fi networks

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Training

The ABC Equality, Diversity & Inclusiontraining module was specifically written for Members of Chambers and Chambers’ support staff by specialist employment barrister Kerry Gardiner, who practices from Guildhall Chambers. Kerry advises and appears for both claimants and respondents on the full spectrum of Employment Law.

Our concise and cost-effective training can be done at a time of your choosing and left and returned to via your different devices, as well as being retained for future reference purposes. In addition to the training itself, the module comes with links to reference materials and further reading.

The module is designed to ensure that all Members of Chambers and staff* are aware and knowledgeable with regards to Equality and Diversity in the Chambers environment and are able implement good E&D practice.

Numerous “Chambers real life” scenarios are given throughout the module to demonstrate how the legal obligations and regulatory requirements might play out in a Chambers specific context.

Subject headings:

  • Legal Obligations
  • Protected Characteristics
  • Prohibited conduct
  • Positive Action
  • Bias
  • Regulatory Duties
  • The BSB Handbook
  • BSB E&D Rules
  • Diversity Data Officers
  • Recruitment
  • Equality Monitoring
  • Fair Access to Work
  • Addressing bullying, discrimination, and harassment from internal & external sources
  • Useful references/further reading

* A Foundation Course module for very junior staff has been specifically written for those beginning their careers in Chambers. The Foundation Course is a very good way to ensure that junior staff are aware of the need for Equality and Diversity in the workplace

Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Sanctions Training

The ABC Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Sanctions Training was commissioned especially for Members of the Bar, Chambers, and support staff. The authors, Jake Taylor and Christopher Sykes, are specialist criminal barristers at Doughty Street Chambers and 33 Chancery Lane. Jake has expertise in defending in the most serious criminal and regulatory offences. Christopher specialises in financial crime, professional discipline, and regulatory law.

The training will guide you through the fundamental issues arising from the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (or “MLR” for short). It contains a supplementary section concerning financial sanctions and the powers of the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (“OFSI”). It is vital for barristers and their staff to comply with their obligations under MLR and the sanctions regimes. A failure to do so can lead to severe consequences, including disciplinary proceedings and criminal prosecution. The burden is on barristers to ensure that they and their staff understand and abide by their obligations. This training will cover the key principles necessary for you to understand your obligations and begin taking the necessary steps towards compliance.

Subjects covered include:

  • Recognising the risks to barristers, to Chambers staff, and to professionals
  • International Anti-Money Laundering legislation
  • Key domestic standards and legislation
    • POCA & The Terrorism Act
  • Applicability of the Money Laundering Regulations to barristers
    • Customer due diligence
    • Ongoing monitoring
    • Record keeping, training and supervision
  • Obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017
  • Supervision & monitoring by the BSB
  • Individual practices and Chambers
    • Ethics
    • Confidentiality
    • Suspicious Activity Reports
    • Disclosure
  • Red flag indicators
  • Financial Sanctions

Anti-Bribery & Corruption Training

This course is currently under construction and will cover the Anti-Bribery and Corruption regulations and how they impact on individual barristers, Chambers and Chambers’ support staff.

Full details to follow shortly.