International Privacy, Security and Information Senior Associate/Director (no agencies)

Term: Permanent
Department: Privacy & Data Protection
Location: London
The Team

Fieldfisher's Privacy, Security and Information team is one of the largest and most specialised European privacy and data protection teams, with a truly global outlook. We are a specialist, market-leading team with international coverage, including offices in Europe, China and the USA (Silicon Valley), and a unique expertise gained over years of advising on business-critical global privacy and data protection projects and technology work.

We advise clients across the whole spectrum of data privacy and data security law: from large, multinational blue-chip clients through to disruptive start-ups designing for compliance on a limited budget. Our clients come from all possible industries and sectors: from digital media, technology and cloud businesses through to retail, financial services, professional services and healthcare. Through our Silicon Valley footprint, we also have a particularly strong relationship with leading brand US-led technology companies operating in Europe. 

Our Privacy, Security and Information team aligns itself across three broad privacy pillars:

1. Operational Compliance: We advise our clients on policies, procedures and practices to ensure their operational processes are compliant with data protection requirements. We also advise on the wide range of practical and strategic implications presented by operational compliance issues.

2. Commercial and Product: We work with some of the largest and most sophisticated companies in the world on commercial and product-related data protection work. We guide clients to achieve their commercial and product-oriented goals in a way that provides effective protection for individuals’ data.

3. Cyber and crisis-management: Recent legislation has introduced new requirements for reporting cyber security incidents to both regulators and to affected individuals. At the same time, it has removed barriers for individuals making requests to access significant volumes of data. We help our clients prepare for these risks and mitigate for them as and when they arise.


We are looking for an ambitious-senior level lawyer (Senior Associate to Director level) to join our team in London. Candidates must have experience of international data privacy and security matters.  Experience advising clients on complex technology issues (e.g. augmented reality and virtual reality issues), cloud technologies and adtech issues is particularly welcomed.  The selected candidate will report primarily to Phil Lee, a partner in the team.

You will be working on a whole range of privacy, data protection and data security matters, including compliance with the EU and UK General Data Protection Regulation, international data transfers, data security breaches, direct marketing and ePrivacy as well as a whole range of global privacy and data protection matters, including, BCRs and Standard Contractual Clauses and tech and e-marketing issues.

In particular, we are looking for a candidate who can play a leading role in supporting our team’s large adtech and complex technology client base, and has the skills, experience and confidence to act with a high level of autonomy.  The role will involve taking instructions and managing, coordinating, and advising on a diverse range of issues. These instructions will include advising on innovative legal issues, commercial contract drafting, DPA negotiations with customers and suppliers, direct marketing and cookie compliance advice, subject access request management, security incident response, product compliance reviews, acting on regulatory enquiries, and more.  This support will predominantly be provided from Fieldfisher’s London offices.

Whilst there is a preference for full-time candidates, part-time candidates and flexible working will also be considered and we will consider talented non UK qualified lawyers with relevant experience.

Key Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • A qualified lawyer with relevant post-qualification experience
  • Proven experience in EU and UK privacy law and data protection matters.
  • Strong interpersonal and client relationship skills
  • An ability to work independently and manage large projects with minimal partner supervision.
  • A team player who is able to delegate and effectively supervise the work of more junior lawyers, trainees and paralegals
  • Technically competent but able to digest, apply and communicate the law in a commercial and pragmatic way that achieves our clients' objectives.
  • Excellent academic history.
  • Experience and a keen interest in marketing and business development.
  • A confident and professional manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

The Firm

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technologyfinance & financial services, energy & natural resourceslife sciences and media.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley and China colleagues. We also work in a number of other jurisdictions through dedicated country teams.

Among our technology clients, we count Silicon Valley star-ups and blue chip tech companies, social media platforms and streaming video services, enterprise cloud vendors and complex advertising technology businesses. We also have a wide array of wider life sciences, energy, and financial services clients.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.  Our lawyers are legally astute, but commercially realistic.

Our network has more than 1000 people working across 20 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.

We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Turin and Venice.

Fieldfisher was ranked in The Times Best Law Firms 2021 for the third year in a row.  The ranking, based on recommendations from peers, is an endorsement of the firm's client focus and legal expertise.

Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff.  All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.