Recommendations

  • "Absolute star"

    Legal 500 2018

Experience

I’m in the Data Privacy team at Bates Wells, having first worked for a number of years with my brilliant colleagues in the Corporate and Commercial team.  I help organisations take a practical approach to the often intimidating area of data privacy.  My work ranges from collaborating with clients to draft policies and providing training, through to advising on complex international data sharing and advising on data security incidents.

My experience with commercial contracts gives me a particularly strong background in drafting and negotiating agreements (whether for data sharing with other controllers, or with data processing by suppliers).

I love that my clients vary in size, sector and focus – from small arts charities, to public bodies to global technology businesses.  While the overarching issues remain the same (for example, are you being transparent about your use of data), the particular risks and areas of concern differ based upon the circumstances.  My work is never boring, and for that I am grateful.

I’m also joint lead on our work with the firm’s Culture + Creative clients.  I particularly enjoy working with clients in this sector, as I trained in theatre and worked in media before becoming a lawyer. I was a terrible actress, so this is a much better way for me to help organisations I love and respect.

When not at work, I attend the theatre voraciously, volunteer for local campaigns, and (when possible) jump back across the pond to the US to see my friends and family.

Recent projects

  • Facilitating international collaborations

    Girl Effect collaborates with organisations around the world to help improve the lives of girls. We recently advised on a collaboration with two non-profit organisations to develop (and measure the success of) online interventions to prevent sexual and intimate partner violence. This will use existing data held by Girl Effect to target and tailor the interventions (for example, by providing short videos or podcasts).

  • Helping to promote London to the world

    London & Partners is the official promotional company for London, a non-profit supporting economic growth and job creation for London. I spent 4 months working closely with London & Partners in the run up to the implementation of GDPR, delivering tailored staff training, advising on how to update their marketing lists and crafting their updated policies.

  • Checking compliance with the GDPR, one year on…

    Following the implementation of GDPR in May 2018, we have recently been working with organisations to review their data privacy compliance on a holistic basis. This involves in depth discussions with various team members from the organisation, as well as reviewing key documents. We then produce a report which identifies where the organisations are performing well, and where some additional attention may be needed.

  • Helping a British institution with international focus renegotiate its key agreements with delivery partners, in particular focusing on the responsibility for data protection compliance amongst the parties.
  • Advising numerous awarding bodies on the data sharing provisions with exam centres (including analysis as to the relationship between the parties).
  • Assisting an international charity for youths instil data privacy compliance across its various branches, including through the development of global policies and training.
  • Negotiating data processing agreements on behalf of a global manufacturing business, as well as on their internal compliance (for example through privacy notices).
  • Advising a large technology client data privacy implications of pioneering technology for the development of 3D avatars for use within the sports sector.
  • Helping an international pharmaceutical company develop a podcast series focusing on health issues, in collaboration with a specialist healthcare communications company.
  • Working with specialists from our safeguarding and healthcare teams to advise on the creation of a new scheme for nurse training, to help democratise access to the sector.
  • Providing bespoke training to a group of care homes, including specialist consideration around the confluence of safeguarding and use of personal data (for example, photos) in marketing.
  • Advising a cultural institution on whether or not it needs to appoint a data protection officer, the requirements around any such appointment and how changes to public law may influence that decision.

Qualifications and career

  • Northwestern University, English Literature, 2004
  • Kings College London/Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, MA in Text and Performance Studies, 2007
  • One year as a speech and debate coach and theatre teacher in the US, 2008
  • Three years at the leading talent agency, Curtis Brown, 2011
  • BPP, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2011
  • Kaplan, Legal Practice Course, 2012
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2012
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2014

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Trustee of the Situations Trust
  • Trustee of King’s Head Theatre
  • Member of the American Women Lawyers in London