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Former Deputy Data Protection Commissioner joins A&O Data Protection practice


​LONDON – Allen & Overy has today announced a significant addition to its data protection team with the appointment of David Smith, former deputy commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), who will join the firm as a special adviser in January 2016.

As one of two deputy commissioners, David was responsible for ensuring the Commissioner’s data protection policies and activities strengthened public confidence in data protection, while, at the same time,  making sure the regulatory requirements for organisations wanting to handle personal information in the right way were easy to understand and straightforward to put into practice.
David represented the ICO in the Article 29 Working Party of European Supervisory Authorities set up under the Data Protection Directive and worked closely on the soon-to-be released General Data Protection Regulation.
His wealth of experience and knowledge about data protection policy and enforcement bolsters Allen & Overy’s existing data protection team in London, which is led by partners Jane Finlayson-Brown and Nigel Parker, at a time of significant regulatory change and growing client demand for advice and support in this fast moving area.
Jane Finlayson-Brown commented: “David’s experience as a regulator for data protection offers a unique and extremely valuable perspective for our clients and is a timely addition to our team during this critical period of review for European data protection legislation.”
“We’re thrilled that David has decided to join our team in the new year,” she added.
David Smith commented: “During my time as Deputy Commissioner, I’ve seen first-hand how this area of law has evolved and the impact it can have on businesses and ordinary citizens. I’m very much looking forward to working with Allen & Overy and their clients to help build their understanding of this challenging and constantly changing area of law, which I believe is as exciting today as the day I began my career.”
David will join through Peerpoint, Allen & Overy’s flexible resourcing business. Peerpoint provides the opportunity for experienced, top-tier lawyers and advisers to work as consultants with Allen & Overy.
For further information, please contact Lauren Fragapane,, on +44 (0)20 3088 3141.



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