A specialist law firm in Barnsley has been shortlisted for two prestigious industry awards.
DigitalLawUK is through to the final of the Law Society Excellence Awards 2016, to be held in London at the end of October.
The company, which is based in the Digital Media Centre, is also shortlisted in the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2016.
Believed to be the only specialist digital law firm in the country, DigitalLawUK gives advice on digital issues from data protection and e-commerce to social media policies and Freedom of Information.
The company, which was set up by solicitor Peter Wright and his wife, US attorney Heather Anson, in March 2014, is being given free advice by support programme Enterprising Barnsley, which is run by Barnsley Council.
Peter said: “Being shortlisted for two prestigious awards is amazing, especially when one of them is for a national award. It is a fantastic end to what has been a helter-skelter six months. Business is going really well and we are taking on more and more clients.”
DigitalLawUK works across Europe, the US and Canada, and has just taken on a client in the Middle East.
The company has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Technology category in the Law Society awards, which take place at the Hilton on London’s Park Lane on October 20th, and in the Niche Law category in the Yorkshire Legal Awards, which take place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on October 13.
Peter said: “The laws surrounding data and keeping it safe are very complex. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, you need to make sure you comply with all the rules. It can be costly and damage your reputation if you get it wrong.
“Cyber attacks are on the increase and they can cause all sorts of problems for all sorts of businesses. So you have to protect against those too.”
Peter was commissioned by the Law Society to write a Cyber Security Toolkit which is being published next month. He has also spoken at conferences in the UK and abroad, including in Trieste and Stockholm, and is booked to speak in Prague and Brussels.
Enterprising Barnsley has helped develop an app for DigitalLawUK’s clients and given the firm support with marketing, branding and business strategy.
John Heckingbottom, of Enterprising Barnsley, said: “Peter truly is an expert in his field and the company is going places because they have found a niche market, but one that is really important for all businesses.
“And being in the Digital Media Centre has been a great boost for the company because they are surrounded by similar companies. Having creative and digital industries together under one roof really helps companies grow.”