Data Protection Lawyer (from 5yrs PQE) - London

  • Pinsent Masons
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Jul 11, 2017
Full time Data Protection

Job Description


Firm Introduction

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm with a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in its deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which its clients operate. With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 23 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Pinsent Masons is well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions across a full range of legal disciplines.


In recent years it has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, and is recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. Services provided across these sectors include corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax advice.


Pinsent Masons stands out in particular for its innovative approach to service delivery. For example, the firm operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and has also developed Cerico, a cloud-based regulatory compliance solution. It has developed long-term service agreements, often referred to as ‘sole adviser’ relationships, with a number of blue-chip organisations.


We are seeking to recruit a lawyer 5 years PQE to join our marketing leading international TMT practice specialising in technology with a particular focus on data (data projects, data protection with a particular focus on GDPR, and cyber/data security).


Key responsibilities include:

  • Delivery of data projects for clients including advice on data and privacy matters to new and existing clients, such as compliance programs, GDPR implementation support as well as other advisory work;
  • Advising on cyber security/data security breaches for a mix of insurer providers and for uninsured corporates.
  • assisting with business development activities in order to win new clients and to win data work from existing clients - this will involve attending and speaking at conferences and writing articles as well as cementing existing relationships; and
  • assisting with data protection in a contractual/transactional context  for example cloud procurements and other similar matters in a contractual context  - a proportion of time will be spent on drafting and negotiation; this may include an element of IT drafting more generally, but with the focus being primarily on data protection and privacy work.

Knowledge, skills and experience required:

  • Previous hands-on experience of advising on and leading data protection projects is a key requirement, including experience of advising on GDPR, on international data transfers, drafting privacy notices, negotiating and drafting data processor agreements and advising on marketing issues.
  • Previous experience of advising on data protection issues in the financial services sector will be welcome and experience of conducting audits and delivering training will be an advantage.
  • An awareness of and good understanding of upcoming regulatory changes in the data protection sphere is expected.
  • Experience of advising on cyber/data security breaches would be of interest.

The Candidate Required


The successful candidate will ideally have gained experience in a large IT/commercial practice, specialising in data protection and IT matters. Experience of FOI would be a bonus but is not essential. Candidates must be technically excellent but equally important, commercially aware and enthusiastic about technology and about business development.  Familiarity with one or more of the following sectors would be an advantage:  financial services, technology, energy, the public sector.

Additional attributes As well as having the experience mentioned above, the candidate should be:

  • strong academically;
  • a team player who can work with different teams and lawyers across the firm; and
  • self starter who enjoys business development and would like to develop their business development skills
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.