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Senior Associate, Digital Economy (Data protection)

London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
29 Nov 2021

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Intellectual Property, Data Protection
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
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About Ashurst

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here .

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.


Ashurst has identified the digital economy as one of the five critical areas of focus for the firm on an international basis, and so is investing heavily in developing the Digital Economy Transactions Group in London. This group is looking to maintain its position at the forefront of the new digital age. This means are advising traditional players in the telecoms, media, technology and strategic sourcing sectors, as well as more widely on the issues being experienced by all businesses, across all industries, in the face of the disruption and opportunity brought about by the developing digital economy.

The London Digital Economy Transactions Group has recently recruited an additional market leading partner to grow the data protection practice within the team.

Job overview:

We are looking for a data protection senior associate to join the team and play a key role in the development of the data practice within the Digital Economy Transactions Group. This represents an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing practice in a firm that is putting strategic and financial backing behind its growth.

The workload is expected to consist of the following:

  • providing subject matter experts with strategic data protection advice including:
    • risk based analysis of new projects and systems;
    • data protection impact assessments;
    • structuring new initiatives, from use of artificial intelligence through to data sharing projects;
    • advising on the data protection compliance of emerging technologies and novel business models;
  • contract negotiations concerning collaborative data sharing and complex data flows;
  • advising on the compliance of overseas transfers of data and assisting clients with binding corporate rules and transfer impact assessments;
  • advising and supporting on data breaches and regulatory notifications; and
  • advising on responses to ICO complaints and investigations.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • lead on projects;
  • develop and lead client relationships with both existing and new clients;
  • advise some of the largest and highest profile global businesses (see below);
  • develop more junior members of the team;
  • work with colleagues in other practice areas and offices;
  • play a key role in developing thought leadership, including through presenting at seminars and conferences and issuing think-pieces on cutting edge technology issues; and
  • be an ambassador for the digital economy practice across the firm.

Essential skills and experience:

The successful candidate is likely to:

  • have at least 4 years post qualification experience focussing on data protection, possibly augmented with relevant in-house experience;
  • have strong technical ability, particularly in conducting data protection impact assessments, drafting data protection clauses in contracts, policy drafting and advising on international transfers;
  •  be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of issues faced by clients in the face of digitalising their businesses, in particular adopting a commercial perspective rather than academic approach to legal issues;
  • have experience of helping grow client relationships;
  •  be a real team player; and
  •  be able to demonstrate the entrepreneurial spirit and energy necessary to help grow our practice further.

Representative clients

Amazon, Bank Of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BP, Credit Agricole, Crossrail, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Intel, Interserve, Letterone Technology, Lebara, Lloyds Bank, Manulife, Markit, Merlin Entertainment, NBNC, News Corp, Nomura, NTT Communications, O2, Oaktree, Oaktree Capital Management, Prudential, Rakuten, Royal Mail, Softcat, State Street Bank & Trust, Virgin Media, William Hill, UK Government, Vimplecom.

Career advancement:

An established Associate Career Path Framework is in place clearly defining expectations and outlining opportunities for promotion.

Secondment opportunities:

Opportunities often arise for associates to spend time on secondment in house with a key client of the firm. From time to time, secondment opportunities also come up within other Ashurst offices in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. We expect client secondments to be less of a focus for this role, as the candidate will be one of the more senior members of our group and so playing a key role in supporting the partners to develop the practice.


Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. The firm's in-depth understanding of its clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen it become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. The firm's people are its greatest asset and it brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.

Ashurst has 25 offices in 15 countries and offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 400 partners and 1,200 lawyers working across 10 different time zones, the firm is able to respond to clients wherever and whenever required. As a global team, Ashurst has a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

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