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Alexander Milner-Smith

Alexander Milner-SmithPartner

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I am Co-Head of Lewis Silkin's Data & Privacy Group. I work in three main areas: data & privacy; general employment law; and, sports law.

I advise some of the world's leading companies on the adoption of global privacy strategies and on the full range of data protection/privacy issues including: data protection/privacy audits; data subject rights requests management; dealing with data breaches; extra-EEA data transfers; advising generally on data privacy policies/notices; handling Information Commissioner’s Office, and other regulatory queries/investigations; marketing/cookie issues; and, helping clients update their data protection/privacy practices in light of Brexit. I hold the CIPP/E data protection/privacy accreditation from the IAPP and have spoken all over the world on data protection/privacy issues. Under its Data & Privacy Rankings for 2020 Legal 500 says that my “advice is particularly commercial and practical”

I deal with all general day-to-day employment queries and have significant expertise in advising on the practical implications of TUPE and on large scale redundancy/dismissal procedures. I am regularly instructed to act for clients in relation to Employment Tribunal and High Court claims.  I am also regularly engaged on investigations (both open and legally privileged) for clients about a variety of different issues.

I am part of the Lewis Silkin Sports Law Group and have a varied practice encompassing many different areas of sports law (with a specialism in data & privacy and employment sports law). Under its Sport rankings for 2013 Legal 500 says: "The ‘incredibly diligent’ Alexander Milner-Smith is an expert."

Data & Privacy

As a specialist in Data & Privacy law, I am often asked to advise on the full range of Data & Privacy issues and am called on to speak about privacy issues at conferences and events, both nationally and internationally.

Examples of my recent work include:

  • conducting audits of all personal data flows and related privacy practices for a number of well-known organizations
  • assisting various companies with ICO and international regulatory investigations
  • advising various multi-national companies on extra-EEA transfer issues, the safe harbor<>Privacy Shield changes and the potential impact of Brexit
  • in the last year speaking about data protection in the UK, Brussels, Milan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States.

Employment

I deal with all general day-to-day employment queries and have significant expertise in advising on the practical implications of TUPE and on large scale redundancy/dismissal procedures. I am regularly instructed to act for clients in relation to Employment Tribunal and High Court claims.

Examples of my recent work include:

  • coordinating and advising on a multi-jurisdictional review of employment structures around the world for a multinational company
  • undertaking a redundancy exercise for a multinational company involving 500 affected employees
  • successfully defending a large UK PLC against a race and sexual orientation discrimination claim in a three week ET hearing

Sport

I have advised on many different areas of sports law, including regulatory and disciplinary issues, anti-doping, but my primary specialisms are Data & Privacy law and employment law as applied to the sporting context (e.g. sports marketing issues, issues with use of medical data/performance date in the sporting context, high profile player contracts, manager contracts/terminations, advising on employment status both in relation to sportspeople and other staff etc).

Examples of my recent work include:

  • Work for a sport’s governing body on it regulatory employment structure for a league
  • Advice to a major sports club on the Data & Privacy angles of its marketing plans
  • Speaking at the NFL GC’s conference in Nashville in 2019 on Data & Privacy
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