About Us

EU law affects all our lives – personally and professionally. Throughout our societies, questions are raised with regard to the implications of EU law and policy. At the same time, there is a need for solutions to issues of a cross-border nature. Spark Legal Network has the knowledge and expertise to facilitate understanding, provide guidance and find solutions to any (cross-border) question on regulation or policy, at both national and European level.

Sparkestablished in 2011, has already demonstrated expertise in a wide range of EU projects. We are uniquely connected to legal professionals throughout Europe and our excellent network of legal experts links you to knowledge which is not restricted by borders; transcending language, distance and culture. We can tailor our services to the specific needs of our clients and, through Spark, you will gain access to accurate and up-to-date information on national and European law and policy in every possible area.

We actively promote the exchange of information, news and ideas regarding all aspects of European law and policy. We therefore invite everyone with an interest in European law and its links to policy to join our network. Comments and questions are also always welcome.

  • Consultancy

    We provide Europe-wide research and consultancy services on a range of legal and policy areas.

  • Legal Network

    Our experts are based at law firms, universities, consultancies, and organisations all over the European Union and EFTA Member States.

  • Current Projects

    At present we are working on a range of studies for the European Commission in collaboration with consortium partners.

  • Data protection / GDPR

    We are certified to provide Data Protection Officer (DPO) services, and assist customers across the EU with making and keeping their company GDPR compliant. Please contact us at info@sparklegalnetwork.eu for more information on our GDPR services.

  • Team

    Our network coordination and project management is conducted by a professional team based in London, Brussels and the Netherlands.

  • Get in touch

    Spark is always keen to hear from legal professionals looking for collaboration opportunities

Latest News

9th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference

On Wednesday 20/03 Spark Legal Network attended the 9th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference. The Conference analysed the current state of data protection under the EU legislation, especially in the light of the upcoming anniversary of the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In relation to this, one of the sessions consisted of the interview with Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor, who shared his (mainly positive) impressions regarding the application of the GDPR EU-wide to date. As a comparison, data protection systems in other parts of the world were also discussed, for instance in Japan and Singapore.

One of the main subjects the speakers discussed was also the European E-Privacy Regulation, currently negotiated by the European Commission and the European Council. The progress was discussed and the main problematic issues, such as Article 10 (privacy settings) of the proposed Regulation, were also debated. The Conference also touched upon the collection of E-Evidence, and the possible ways of finding balance between protecting data and fundamental rights of crime suspects on the one hand and protecting safety and the broadly understood public interest on the other.

As the European elections are taking place in 2 months, the speakers also discussed the measures undertaken by the EU institutions in order to combat fake news and disinformation. The issue of fake accounts on social media and the related data protection issues are also analysed.

The speakers at the Conference included two Comissioners – Mariya Gabriel (Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society) and Vera Jourova (Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality), both holding a key note speech, as well as representatives of the Commission, Parliament and the Council, representatives of think tanks and major businesses, such as Facebook.

Spark Legal Network Newsletter

We are happy to share with you our first Newsletter! News about our latest projects, conferences, Brexit and much more. For further information see: https://mailchi.mp/98e40d74ce77/spark-legal-network-newsletter-57465 

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