Data Protection/IP Lawyer, OGC, Manager

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We are looking for a data privacy and IP lawyer who will (1) support our in-house legal team for 50% of the time on data privacy and IP issues, and (2) work within the data privacy team in our compliance department for 50% of the time.

The role of the in-house legal team at PwC is just like any other in-house legal team in a large UK head quartered corporate. The team advises PwC on legal matters arising in its business including litigation, contracts with clients and suppliers and M&A work. The in-house team includes around 30 lawyers. The head of the in-house legal team is Margaret Cole who is an Executive Board member.

The compliance department looks after a range of issues including data privacy and information management..

Following the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018 updated UK data protection legislation, and with the PwC network responding to an increasing need to handle data appropriately and to use it to deliver its services we are looking to hire an experienced data privacy and IP lawyer to work between our in-house legal team and our compliance team.

Within our in-house legal team this lawyer will take a leading role on data privacy and IP matters, will support the rest of the team on technical queries and will be the UK OGC point of contact within the PwC network on data privacy matters. The individual will need to be able to:

- draft, review and negotiate data protection and IP provisions in contracts, including GDPR compliant contracts;

- provide technical legal advice in data protection and on IP law, particularly in a technology context; and

- provide practical guidance to teams on how to identify and protect IP, minimise the risk of infringing third party IP rights and enable the firm to commercialise its IP as appropriate.

In addition to data privacy and IP issues the individual appointed to this role will be expected to undertake commercial work throughout our business on an as required basis and to get involved in ad hoc projects and the full range of work the department does. The firm is doing an increasing amount of work which is technology focused or is underpinned by technology and we need an individual to support this both from a technology and an intellectual property perspective. We are therefore looking for a good all-rounder who likes new challenges and wants to gain exposure to, and experience of, all of the services and opportunities PwC has to offer.

Within our compliance team this individual will report to the current Data Protection Officer (DPO) and will assist him in all aspects of his role as DPO. The individual appointed to this role will take a key role in advising the firm on its processes and procedures to collect, store and process personal data which will involve investigating legal issues, embedding policies, and formulating legal views about potential problems and the impact of regulatory guidance, enforcement actions and case law. The individual will also be involved in providing legal assistance and guidance in responding to data breach incidents.

Required Skills

  • Solicitor with a detailed knowledge of English Law, approx. 4 - 6 years Post Qualification Experience (or equivalent), time spent working in-house an advantage but not a requirement.

  • Deep technical professional knowledge in data protection and IP.

  • Deep familiarity with technology, technology trends and associated data protection implications, a knowledge of and familiarity with the legal issues associated with RPA and AI would be beneficial.

  • Deep knowledge and experience with UK and EU data protection law and regulatory guidance.

  • Ability to formulate opinions and advice on matters relating to data privacy and IP using sound judgment to ensure that the firm’s best interests are served.

  • Ability to tailor advice to the specific needs of the business and apply common sense and practical solutions.

  • Ability to adapt to change and to be open minded and innovative in their thinking.

  • Good legal drafting skills.

  • Sound, confident judgement and well developed influencing skills.

  • An ability to build strong relationships and become a trusted advisor to the business.

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