S.H.I.E.L.D. PROGRAMME DETAILS
the transition law S.H.I.E.L.D. PROGRAMME
Supporting Home & Independent Enterprises Lawfully Documented (S.H.I.E.L.D.)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Stands up for the Compliant Business Owner and the Consumer.
Since the inception of the General Data Protection Regulations in 2018 most businesses know that Data Protection compliance is a major priority in all commercial enterprises. Everyone in business from a Sole Trader working from Home to a Multinational Company is required to have systems in place to demonstrate their Data Protection compliance.
NB: No National Data Protection accreditation scheme has been established to show consumers
which businesses are complying with the Data Protection rules and which are not.
Consequently, Transition Law decided to create a voluntary membership scheme which:
1) Promotes good Data Protection practice and includes a Voluntary Code of Practice.
2) Provides a data base of compliant businesses for people to check if they intend to do business with them.
3) Creates an easily recognisable emblem so the public can know which organisations have been awarded S.H.I.E.L.D. Holder status.
4) Is FREE OF CHARGE to join.
Transition Law operates in the Small & Medium Sized Enterprises sector and is focused largely on this type of business but we grant S.H.I.E.L.D Holder status to any and all businesses who can demonstrate compliance and their intention to remain compliant under the various data protection Regulations and legislation.
transition law S.H.I.E.L.D. membership criteria
Membership is Free of Charge.
If your business can satisfy the Membership Criteria, apply TODAY and start enjoying the FREE Member Benefits
A) A Member must register with the UK Information Commissioners Office. (unless exempt)
B) A Member must have completed a Data Audit.
C) A Member must have written Data Protection policies in place to cover the processing of Personal Data within their business organisation.
transition law S.H.I.E.L.D. application criteria
If your business is compliant under GDPR and Data Protection legislation, you are entitled to S.H.I.E.L.D. membership.
1) The Membership is Free of charge.
2) Use it to show adherence to the Voluntary Code of Practice.
3) Enjoy Unique Member benefits.
4) Organise YOUR Free Assessment TODAY.
5) Download the Assessment Criteria in the adjacent pdf file.
UK-GDPR MEMBERSHIP UPDATES - February 2021
Please see details in the adjacent pdf file.
transition law S.H.I.E.L.D.
Constitution and Membership Agreement
Incorporating the Voluntary Code of Practice
Valid From 1st February 2021.
Download the Membership
Agreement in PDF.
a) In this Membership Agreement the words listed below shall have the following meanings unless the context otherwise requires:
"The Programme" - means The Transition Law S.H.I.E.L.D. Membership Programme which is a Trading Style of Transition Law.
"The Member" - means an individual or business who has been approved for Membership.
"Member Benefits" - means a list of services offered to members without charge during the period of their Membership.
"The Website" - means the website and webspace allocated to the URL or other URL as decided from time to time by the Management of the Organisation.
"The ICO" - means the UK Information Commissioners Office.
"Membership" - means the period of time, usually 12 months, that a Member remains approved and each subsequent consecutive period of 12 months during the period of this Agreement.
"Mini Audit" - means a consultation with a legal adviser approved by the S.H.I.E.L.D. Membership programme to determine the need for any updates or remedial work within the members business protocols prior to renewal of membership.
b) Where the context so admits the singular shall include the plural and the masculine gender shall include the feminine, and in each case vice versa.
c) References in this Agreement to any statute shall include any statute or statutory provision which amends, extends, consolidates or replaces it from time to time.
2) Each Member agrees that they will abide by 'The S.H.I.E.L.D. Voluntary Code of Practice' as follows;
a) During the 12 (twelve) months of their S.H.I.E.L.D. Membership each Member agrees that they will ensure their business conforms the S.H.I.E.L.D. Voluntary Code of Practice which is contained within Clause 2 (a) - 2 (i) of this agreement.
b) Each Member will maintain the Data Processing practices of their business up to date and in good order and comply with the prevailing Data Protection Regulations.
c) Each Member agrees and understands S.H.I.E.L.D. Membership is granted to those businesses who wish to act in a compliant manner. Membership will be suspended or refused if not already granted to any Member or prospective Member who the Officers of the programme know or suspect does not intend to maintain compliant practices within their business. Members must adhere to both the letter and the spirit of the Law.
d) Each Member understands that acceptance for Membership of the S.H.I.E.L.D. programme does not imply, warrant or guarantee in any way that their business practices are compliant with GDPR or any other Data Protection statute, Regulation or other Law and no culpability or responsibility rests or can be brought to rest in Law with the S.H.I.E.L.D. programme, its Officers or agents.
e) Each Member agrees to do nothing to bring the good name of Transition Law S.H.I.E.L.D. into disrepute and specifically they will notify the Programme management if they become the subject of Enforcement Action or investigation by the Information Commissioners Office. (ICO)
f) Each Member agrees that it is an express term of this code of practice that a member in good standing will use the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo and link on their approved Website(s). The logo may also be used on emails and business paperwork if desired.
g) Each Member agrees they will use the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo only in relation to promoting their business activity by demonstrating their Data Protection Protocols, in a manner which consistent with the aims of this voluntary Code of Conduct.
h) Each Member agrees they will not represent themselves to their Consumers, the General Public or their Suppliers as a compliant business for data protection if they have reasonable grounds to believe that they are not or are no longer compliant under the Regulations.
i) Each Member agrees that nothing in these Terms and Conditions of Membership shall give the Member any rights in respect of any logos trade names or trademarks used by Transition Law or Transition Law S.H.I.E.L.D. beyond their approved use during the term of membership.
3) Commencement of Membership
a) Each Member agrees their membership shall last for a period of 12 months. Renewed thereafter by agreement of the parties for further and subsequent periods of 12 months.
b) Each Member agrees their membership shall only commence when both of the following activities are complete.
i) The Member's business has been successfully assessed by an authorised S.H.I.E.L.D. assessor.
ii) The Member has completed and returned a signed copy of the GDPR Installation Checklist & S.H.I.E.L.D. Application Form.
4) Renewal of Membership
a) Each Member agrees it is the individual Members responsibility to apply for renewal of their Membership prior to its expiry date in writing and accept that continued membership will be subject to confirmation that the member is currently compliant with the prevailing Data Protection Laws which apply to their business.
b) Each member agrees that renewal of membership shall be subject to conducting a 'Mini Audit' consultation with an approved S.H.I.E.L.D. programme legal adviser and the satisfactory conclusion of any compliance remedial work as determined by the 'Mini Audit' consultation.
c) Each member agrees that if their renewal of membership is denied due to non compliance their entry shall be annotated 'MEMBERSHIP EXPIRED - SHIELD INVALID' until such time as they become compliant again or 12 months has expired after which time the Webpage will be deleted.
5) Free Member Benefits
a) Each member during the period of their Membership is entitled to a number of specific member benefits. The benefits are determined by the management of the programme having negotiated them with professional providers.
b) The member benefits will be advertised as such from time to time and will usually be in place for at least one calendar year. The benefits may be changed without notice. As and when alterations are made to the benefits these Terms and Conditions will be updated accordingly.
c) Member Benefits may be used once per event, incident or query. Currently the Member Benefits are as follows:
i) Telephone Advice Helpline - Up to 15 Minutes conversation regarding Data Protection matters with a S.H.I.E.L.D. telephone adviser.
ii) Compliant Marketing advice - Up to 15 Minutes conversation regarding Data Protection Marketing with a S.H.I.E.L.D. telephone adviser.
iii) Subject Access Request Advice - Up to 15 Minutes conversation regarding Subject Access Requests with a S.H.I.E.L.D. telephone adviser.
iv) Data Breach Response Advice - Up to 15 Minutes conversation regarding Data Breach issues with a S.H.I.E.L.D. telephone adviser.
v) Supplier Audit assistance - Up to 15 Minutes conversation regarding Auditing Suppliers with a S.H.I.E.L.D. telephone adviser.
vi) Competitors Compliance check - 15 Minutes work and opinion regarding a Company's Compliance by a S.H.I.E.L.D. telephone adviser.
vii) One Annual 'Mini Audit' telephone consultation to discuss relevant update(s) to the Regulations applicable to the members business.
d) On termination or suspension of Membership the Member Benefits will cease to be made available to the relevant Member.
6) Termination of Membership
a) Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving one month’s notice in writing to the other party.
b) Termination of this Agreement without notice may occur where the management and Officers of the S.H.I.E.L.D. programme know or reasonably suspect that a Member is in breach of these terms and conditions.
c) Upon termination of this Agreement the Member shall discontinue all use of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Programme Trade Marks and any intellectual property and refrain from using or referring to any of its logos, Trademarks or Business methodology in relation the Member's business.
7) The SHIELD Website
a) In return for demonstrating and maintaining their compliant status, S.H.I.E.L.D. will provide each Member with a unique page on the Website containing their business details and current Membership status.
b) Access to the website is provided to Members and the Public without charge. Whilst we endeavour to ensure that the content of the website is accurate and updated, we do not make any representations nor give any warranties of any kind (express or implied) with respect to the contents or operation of this website and any such representations and warranties are expressly excluded.
c) The Website is made available on the basis that (except in respect of fraud or of death or personal injury caused by our negligence), all liability whatsoever for any losses, claims, actions or damage, whether direct or indirect, arising out of or in connection with your use of this website, or your reliance upon the contents of this website, are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law including but not limited to any liability for computer service or system failure, access delays or interruption, data non delivery or mis-delivery, computer viruses or other harmful components, breaches of security or unauthorised use of the system arising from “hacking” or otherwise.
d) The Programme does not warrant that use of this website will be uninterrupted and error free. If we discover any typographical, clerical or other error or omission in any page posted on this website then such error shall be subject (as soon as practicable) to correction or deletion (as appropriate) without any liability on our part.
e) The Programme reserves the right to make changes to the Website and these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice. It is the Member's responsibility to revisit the Website from time to time and in any event at least Annually, to review this notice. Any revised terms shall take effect as at the date of its posting on the Website.
8) Contact with S.H.I.E.L.D. Members
a) It is an express term of this agreement that all Members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Program are entitled to contact S.H.I.E.L.D. Head Office by telephone for Legal Advice regarding Data Protection matters free of charge in accordance with Clause 4 of this Agreement.
b) Any additional legal work or visits to a Member's business premises will incur costs at the prevailing rate of fees.
c) Members of S.H.I.E.L.D. agree to be contacted by telephone and email regarding updates to Law and Procedures relating to Data Protection matters and any other matters which in the judgment of the management of S.H.I.E.L.D. would bring value to the client member including Legal information, Notices and Articles regarding Legal Services and Business Protection whether offered by S.H.I.E.L.D. or others.
9) Governing Law
The content of this website, any dispute arising out of this website and your relationship as a Member with us are governed by English law and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts in every particular including interpretation and shall be deemed to have been made within England and Wales and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
NB: If you have a query regarding Membership that is not addressed here, please contact the Programme Management by e-mailing us at
GDPR and Data Privacy relating to S.H.I.E.L.D. Membership are dealt with according to the Policies of Transition Law. The Privacy Notice for Transition Law can be seen by CLICKING HERE