Data protection specialist Kate Brimsted joins BLP

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today (6 March 2017) announced the appointment of data protection Partner, Kate Brimsted. Kate will head BLP’s Data and Cyber Security practice and join the Commercial team on 27 March.

With current unprecedented awareness and concern around personal data and data security, not least in light of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, Kate will head BLP’s data offering. Her appointment will enable the Firm to provide clients across all sectors with the vital support and reassurance of a full-service capability, helping them prepare for the GDPR, conclude balanced commercial contracts involving data processing and mitigate the risk of litigation, fines and other enforcement actions.

Currently a Partner at Reed Smith, Kate previously worked at Herbert Smith Freehills. She is a recognised market leader in data protection, with 20 years’ experience in the field. Her expertise ranges from global compliance assessments, privacy and security reviews of outsourced services, cross border transfers of personal data to organisational security and investigative disclosure projects. Over Kate’s career she has advised clients across the financial services, technology and telecommunications and energy and natural resources sectors.

Jonathan Morris, BLP’s Corporate Departmental Managing Partner, said: “Being able to respond to the needs of clients is paramount. The GDPR will be in force formally before we leave the EU. Even after Brexit, UK companies – especially those wishing to do business with Europe – can expect to be held to GDPR-level standards. To avoid litigation and potential fines of 4% of global turnover, they will need to be prepared for the GDPR well before 2018. With Kate at the helm, we are very well placed to help guide our clients in this complex area.

“As well as the challenges of the GDPR, data is recognised by clients as a key commercial asset, needing robust technological and legal structures to protect it. We are in an age where big data analytics are being embraced by the private and the public sectors, fuelled by the Internet of Things and powered by artificial intelligence analytics. Coupled with this, data security breaches are becoming a reality for more and more businesses, states and consumers, making cyber security an increasingly important area of law. Kate will lead the Firm’s Data and Cyber Security practice, enabling BLP to offer significant advantages to our clients in a market where there are few such dedicated and experienced teams.”

Her appointment is in addition to the hire of Partner Ibrahim Elsadig, BLP’s new UAE Head of Corporate & Commercial, who joined the Dubai office in January.

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