Data Protection Managing Associate

Southampton, Bristol, Leeds or Newcastle
20 Jul 2021
18 Sep 2021
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

The role

Our Data Protection practice is growing. As part of our national UK 50 strong fee earner commercial practice, the Data Protection team is one of the largest and most successful of its type. Our enviable client base includes household names in a wide variety of sectors such as financial institutions, insurance, retail, manufacturing and the government, public and charity sectors. We're building a real reputation for the provision of premium data protection advice that delivers results for both our lawyers who love the work they do, and for our clients whom we're helping to grow, expand and succeed.

Led by Andrew Kimble, our Data Protection practice has a leading reputation for delivering innovative solutions that make it easier to do business, whilst maintaining compliance and reducing risk. We're looking for an experienced data protection specialist to join us and can be flexible about location and home-working, although your 'local' office would need to be either Southampton, Bristol, Leeds or Newcastle. All our offices have a strong commercial offering, a collegiate atmosphere and a commitment to providing a national service for our clients.

So what will you be doing?

You'll be advising major private and public sector clients across a variety of sectors on data protection, privacy, information governance and cyber security issues. UK GDPR and other new privacy and cyber laws and regulatory guidance are creating opportunities for us to support new and existing clients with their data protection compliance, from upfront gap analysis and provision of compliance solutions through to breach response and notifications. Needless to say it's an exciting time to join.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

With an experience level of at least four years PQE, you'll have a proven track record in delivering data protection and information governance advice ideally in a large regional or city law firm or in-house. Just as important will be your ability to deliver advice to our clients in a commercial way, developing and deepening relationships to drive opportunities for us to work in partnership with our clients to achieve their strategic goals.

So what's in it for you?

If you're looking to build a career as a specialist Data Protection and Information Governance lawyer, with access to the best FTSE250 and public sector clients with a true pipeline of quality work, come and talk to us. We have a sophisticated lawyer development programme to support both professional and personal development, a clear and transparent career framework which supports career progression NQ through to Managing Associate and beyond.

Who are we?

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

What makes it great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits!  We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships. 

Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued.  We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody).  We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work.  We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders.  We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.

And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.

Next steps

If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. My name is Lisa Gater ( No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!

If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (

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