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

We are glad to see how our research work contributes to EU law making!

Yesterday the European Parliament adopted the Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data, which aims to remove obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data and will enter into force by the end of 2018: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-18-6001_en.htm

Our study on data location restrictions (SMART 2015/0054), conducted in collaboration with time.lex and tech4i2, provided evidence on the scope and magnitude of legal and non-legal barriers in Member States practices which hinder the free flow of non-personal data within the European Union in order to contribute to the sustainable development of a Digital Single Market. It provided also evidence about the costs of these barriers for private and public sector.

Publication of the study on “the future EU-UK relationship: options in the field of the protection of personal data for general processing activities and for processing for law enforcement purposes”

PwC, time.lex and Spark Legal Network have completed the study on the future EU-UK relationship: options in the field of the protection of personal data for general processing activities and for processing for law enforcement purposes. This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee. It examines the available mechanisms for personal data transfers between the EU and the UK after Brexit. The study shows that the existing legal mechanisms and policy measures which are presently used to support the exchange of personal data between the EU and third countries can alleviate some of the concerns surrounding Brexit, but that none of these, in isolation or collectively, would be sufficient to permit a continuation of personal data flows and cooperation in relation to data protection on the same basis as today. Please see the factsheet for more information.

Spark now certified DPO services provider

Spark Legal Network is happy to announce we are now certified to provide Data Protection Officer (DPO) services. We are now even better equipped to assist with any GDPR related queries and able to help ensure that your company fully complies with the new EU data protection requirements. We can help drafting policy notices, processor-controller agreements, personal data breach policies and other documents as well as suggest ways to improve datasecurity in your company and advise on Brexit related data protection issues. For more information, please contact us at: info@sparklegalnetwork.eu