17th Annual Data Protection Compliance Conference





Below are the data protection experts that will be presenting at the 17th Annual Data Protection Compliance Conference 2018



James Dipple Johnstone

James Dipple-

Deputy Commissioner

James Dipple-Johnstone joined the ICO’s office in 2017 from the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), where he had been Director of Investigation and Supervision leading their teams assessing and investigating reports of professional misconduct, money laundering, cybercrime and fraud involving solicitors and law firms. James’s background is in regulatory investigation, appeals and complaints handling.   He has held posts as Commissioner for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Director of Investigation for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and in NHS regulators.

Alison Deighton, TLT Solicitors

Alison Deighton

TLT Solicitors

Alison Deighton is Partner and Head of Data Protection & Privacy at TLT Solicitors. Alison advises a wide range of businesses and public sector clients on all aspects of information law. Alison has extensive experience advising clients on data protection compliance issues, including drafting privacy notices and policies, delivering training, advising on international data transfers, advising on marketing compliance issues, dealing with ICO investigations, conducting audits, managing data breach incidents and advising on data sharing arrangements.

Alison has significant experience advising organisations on GDPR implementation requirements, assisting with data mapping exercises, updating policies and procedures and drafting contractual clauses to comply with the new regime.

Alison also advises on freedom of information issues, including protecting information provided to public authorities, making freedom of information requests and the application of exemptions.

Alison wrote the ‘Enforcement’ chapter of Data Protection – a practical guide to UK and EU law (5th Edition, 2018).

Ashley Roughton

Ashley Roughton
Venner Shipley

Ashley Roughton is a barrister of 25 years call, specialising
in privacy, cyber security, distributed ledger systems (block
chain) and intellectual property. He is dual qualified in Ireland
and the UK. He is a regular contributor of practical articles to Privacy & Data Protection journal and is a Member of the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection Examination Board.

Bridget Treacy, Hunton & Williams

Bridget Treacy

Managing Partner
Hunton Andrews
Kurth LLP

Bridget Treacy leads the UK Privacy and Cybersecurity practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.  Her practice focuses on all aspects of privacy, data protection, information governance and e-commerce issues for multinational companies across a broad range of industry sectors. Bridget's background in complex technology transactions (including wide-ranging experience of advising on outsourcing agreements, strategic alliances and other collaborative arrangements with a technology focus) enable her to advise on the specific data protection and information governance issues that occur in a commercial context.  Bridget is the Editor of Privacy & Data Protection journal.

Eduardo Ustaran, Hogan Lovells 

Eduardo Ustaran
Hogan Lovells

Eduardo Ustaran is a Partner at Hogan Lovells. Eduardo advises international clients, including leading FTSE 100 companies, on the adoption of global data protection compliance strategies. Eduardo wrote the data exports chapter of the Law Society’s Data Protection Handbook and is co-author of the book E-Privacy and Online Data Protection.

He is a regular contributor of articles to Data Protection Ireland.

Estelle Dehon

Estelle Dehon
Cornerstone Barristers

Estelle Dehon is a public law barrister practising at Cornerstone Barristers. She works across a wide range of areas, including information law and environmental law. She is a member of the European Commission’s Multistakeholder Expert Group on the GDPR, which assists the Commission in dealing with potential challenges in implementing the GDPR across Europe. Estelle’s information law practice entails providing advice and advocacy in matters concerning data protection and the GDPR, freedom of information and environmental information. She has experience of appearing before the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) and of pursuing and resisting damages claims in the High Court alleging breaches of the Data Protection Act.

Estelle is a contributor to Coppel’s “Information Rights” (4th edn), having co-authored the chapter on “The Influence of the European Convention on Human Rights. Estelle is also a contributor to Data Protection - A Practical Guide to UK and EU Law (5th Edition)

Jenai Nissim

Jenai Nissim
Legal Director
TLT Solicitors
Jenai Nissim is Legal Director at TLT Solicitors. She has extensive experience advising UK and US businesses on European privacy requirements, negotiating multi-national data transfer agreements, handing breach notifications and investigations and undertaking data protection audits.


Most recently Jenai has been instrumental in establishing and leading an enterprise wide compliance project and gap analysis of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), identifying key changes and impacts to business processes and procedures.

Jenai holds the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

Jenai wrote the ‘Accountability’ chapter of Data Protection - A Practical Guide to UK and EU Law (5th Edition)

Kate Brimsted

Kate Brimsted
Bryan Cave
Leighton Paisner
Kate Brimsted is Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. She has nearly 20 years' experience in commercial and contentious data privacy and now advises clients on the GDPR and Cyber Security.

She enjoys grappling with the subtleties of data privacy and security, whilst avoiding making a complex area of regulation more complicated than it has to be. Kate's aim is swiftly to identify the core issues of a matter and to work collaboratively with clients to implement clear, practical solutions.

Kate is familiar with advising on large, complex and multi-jurisdictional IT implementation projects where personal data is central. She also conducts data privacy compliance reviews, privacy impact assessments and advises on major IT system refreshes, especially involving cloud computing. Kate’s clients are drawn from a wide variety of sectors, including technology and telecommunications, energy and natural resources and financial services.

Leonie Power, Fieldfisher

Leonie Power


Leonie Power is a Director in Fieldfisher's top-ranked Privacy, Security & Information Law Group and a highly experienced privacy and data protection law specialist. Leonie qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2000 and provides strategic and practical advice on the full range of data protection and privacy issues affecting business operations. She has particular experience advising on privacy issues affecting new technologies and big data and other projects.  Leonie has advised on data protection issues across the retail, premiership football, telecommunications, construction, media and financial services sectors over a period of 15 years and has recently advised extensively on privacy issues arising in an ad tech context.  She has completed a number of successful secondments including for a major retail group and a global media brand. Leonie has extensive experience on data protection gap analyses and advises on global privacy compliance projects.

Liz Fitzsimons

Liz Fitzsimons
Eversheds Sutherland

Liz Fitzsimons is Partner at Eversheds specialising in data protection and freedom of information and EIR.

Liz helps clients with all aspects of data protection, GDPR and e-privacy, freedom of information and compliance with environmental information regulations. Her work includes strategic advice on UK wide and multi-national data privacy, including assisting clients with audits, transfer and compliance programmes and development of supporting documents, such as privacy notices and policies. Liz has also worked closely with clients on key data sharing and shared service arrangements, in relation to mergers and acquisitions, and on critical data privacy issues when outsourcing.

Liz is also a Member of the Examination Board for the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information.

Manish Soni, Macfarlanes

Manish Soni

Senior Counsel

Manish Soni is Senior Counsel at Macfarlanes. He advises on data privacy and cybersecurity, although his practice extends to commercial technology law more generally.

Manish acts on an array of matters including, breach readiness and handling, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gap analyses, privacy clause contract formulation and review, privacy framework establishment and management, advice surrounding the interpretation of data subject rights. He also advises on privacy and technology aspects of corporate transactions, working closely with the firm’s corporate, financial services and private equity client base.

He is reading (part-time) for an advanced computer science MSc in cybersecurity at the University of Oxford.

Mark Watts, Bristows

Mark Watts

Mark Watts is a Partner at Bristows. He advises companies on IT legal issues such as software development, system deployment, outsourcing, E-Commerce and data protection. Much of Mark's experience was gained in-house at IBM where he held various roles. This gives him a good insight into the ways and workings of the TMT sector. Mark has advised on many high-profile private and public sector outsourcing transactions. He advises companies deploying business critical IT platforms and applications, as well as advising on the creation of social networking websites, WIKIs and online trading websites. Mark has particular expertise in data protection; he was Global Privacy Counsel at IBM for many years. He advises many multinationals companies on general international data protection compliance issues, particularly on international data transfers matters. Mark is a member of the editorial board of Privacy & Data Protection Journal.

Naomi Vann

Naomi Vann

Managing Legal

Naomi Vann is Managing Legal Counsel at Royal Bank of Scotland. Naomi is an expert data privacy lawyer, having previously worked for Hunton & Williams, and she advises on all data protection matters under the DPA and GDPR including cookies, marketing, disclosures to law enforcement and regulators, and client confidentiality.

She advises on both technical legal advice and practical compliance advice, including policy, guidance, and assurance.


Peter Given, Bond Dickinson

Peter Given
Managing Associate
Bond Dickinson

Peter Given is a Managing Associate specialising in data protection and privacy law. He advises clients on a wide range of data protection matters in a variety of contexts, including in relation to general data protection compliance, data processing and outsourcing arrangements, direct marketing, data subject access requests and cross-border transfers of data. In addition to data protection and privacy matters, Peter also advises on general commercial law including in relation to outsourcing, information technology, e-commerce and intellectual property matters.

Peter has previously undertaken secondments to a global US-based financial institution and a major European pharmaceutical organisation. In both secondments Peter supported the internal legal teams on a variety of matters and projects, including those relating to data protection and privacy. He also spent time as a Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Jackson, assisting him with his review of the costs of civil litigation in England and Wales.

Peter wrote the ‘Marketing’ chapter of Data Protection – a practical guide to UK and EU law (5th Edition, 2018).

Peter regularly contributes articles to academic and trade publications. He has authored articles which have been published in Privacy and Data Protection Journal.

Robert Clifford

Robert Clifford
Head of Data
Home Office

Robert Clifford is Head of Data in the Home Office, part of the department’s Digital, Data and Technology command. He has 14 years experience in the fields of information rights and data protection policy advising on sensitive and high profile public policy and privacy matters. Robert is currently dividing his time between leading work to drive digital transformation in government’s approach to data sharing, whilst working with legislative teams on the law enforcement data directive and implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation. In recent times Robert was instrumental in establishment of Home Office data analytics capabilities and has provided consultancy and support on big data, ethics and algorithmic accountability since 2013, defining and building the governance, compliance and regulatory mechanisms now in operation.

Rosemary Jay

Rosemary Jay
Senior Consultant

Hunton Andrews
Kurth LLP

Rosemary Jay is a Senior Consultant Attorney in Hunton Andrews Kurth's Global Privacy Practice and author of Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell). She advises clients on privacy, data protection, human rights, access to information and related information law issues. She has worked in the area of information law since 1987. Rosemary joined the firm having previously been a Partner and Head of the Information Law group at Pinsent Masons. Prior to that she worked in the public sector, including 12 years spent at the office of the Data Protection Registrar where she headed the Legal Department.

Rosemary speaks and writes widely on data protection and access to information, both nationally and internationally.

and author of Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell)

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Simon Hall

“The updates on existing subjects were particularly useful.”
David Pickersgill
Johnson & Johnson

“The networking opportunities were very good. Very useful. Will attend again.”
John Pendleton
Old Mutual

“Speakers delivered good insights into various aspects of the GDPR”
Paul Woods
Government Legal Department

“Very informative and well executed conference”
Claire Robson
Kent & Medway NHS Trust

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Operation Mobilisation

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Shop Direct Group

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Standard Life Aberdeen PLC

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Close Brothers

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Jerrold Holdings

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Registers of Scotland

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British Council

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Ben Moreland

“I'm extremely impressed by the quality of speakers and content covered. An excellent balance of public and private sectors”
Julie Hinault
States of Jersey Taxes Office

“The mix of speakers meant that a lot of ground was covered effectively.”
Karen Russell
British Arab Commercial Bank

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British Airways

Greg Steel

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Royal Air Force

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Lesley Richardson
Financial Conduct Authority

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National Trust for Scotland

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Saga Plc

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University of Southampton

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Department of Finance and Personnel

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Virgin Media

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Eli Lilly and Co.

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Lisburn City Council

“All topics very relevant – most particularly the bits about social networking and security breaches.”
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South Wales Fire & Rescue

“Once again a great conference, which gives me plenty to think about and implement!”
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Glasgow Housing Association

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Pitney Bowes

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ING Direct

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Gambro Lundia

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British Library

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Greater London Authority