The impact of GDPR on the recruitment industry continues to make the headlines, but finding advice that takes into account the intricacies of the Executive Search process is much harder to come by.

In the latest of our #WESC2017 "Speaker Spotlight" series I would like to introduce Simon Stokes, Partner at Blake Morgan LLP who will cover GDPR - What Does It Mean For Executive Search at the upcoming World Executive Search Congress in London in October.

His session will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Alex James and featuring Helen Haddon, Founder and CEO of ComplyGDPR, Paul Mather, Data Protection Specialist at Dillistone Group Plc, Simon Stokes and Celeste Whatley, Chief Executive Officer of TRANSEARCH International, that will allow the attendees to return to their offices with an action plan based on the experience and advice of others in the industry.

Simon Stokes: "The GDPR is seen by some as a threat to certain long-standing search practices. Yet executive search firms that prioritise GDPR compliance and can demonstrate compliance will be much  more successful than non-compliant firms in both winning client mandates and in gaining the confidence and trust of candidates. Far from being a threat the GDPR is an opportunity for search firms to differentiate themselves from their peers and win business."

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Simon leads Blake Morgan's London technology practice. He has advised on data privacy since 1992 and his work includes marketing and GDPR compliance, trans-border data flows, privacy policies, cookie laws, cloud services and international issues. He advises clients in technology, financial services and recruitment and resourcing. He also advises on the IP protection and licensing of software, data and databases and outsourcing and cloud services contracts. He is ranked as one of the world's leading IT law practitioners in Who's Who Legal 2017 and has been praised by clients for "his swift turnaround and clear, considered advice." (Chambers UK Directory).

In this vital session on GDPR, Simon will talk about the new rules and the specific implications for Executive Search industry. He will start with GDPR in a nutshell and cover transparency, accountability and liability. He will also cover the impact of the new laws on companies outside of the EU.

Key takeaways:

Five steps to GDPR compliance: plan; audit and assess; document; upgrade systems procedures and processes; train and monitor compliance

Three crucial GDPR compliance questions for Executive Search firms:

  1. How do I ensure my search process is lawful?
    • When do I need consent?
    • How can I lawfully search social media sites?
    • How long can I retain candidate data?
    • What must I tell candidates?  What must my client tell candidates?
    • What rights do candidates have to their data?
  2. How do I manage my security, maintain confidentiality and successfully deal with any personal data breaches?
  3. Which data processors should I work with and on what legal terms?

Delegates from 22 countries have already signed up to attend the event and bookings are coming in daily - join them to benefit from the insights and invaluable networking opportunities. Check out the full agenda at