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Tom Ford

Tom FordManaging Associate

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I am a member of Lewis Silkin's Data & Privacy Group and specialise in data protection and data privacy law.

Sitting within both Lewis Silkin’s data & privacy group and top-tier employment law division, I advise leading multinational organisations on data privacy issues from a risk and governance, workplace, and commercial perspective. Taking a pragmatic, risk-based approach to compliance, I work with clients to address their data privacy issues in a way that is proportionate and practical. 

I have considerable experience of running projects across multiple jurisdictions, both inside and outside the EU, and  work with clients in the media & entertainment, tech, finance, legal, and marketing sectors. 

I have particular expertise in:

  • GDPR compliance strategy;
  • transparency requirements, including internal and external privacy notices;
  • documentation  requirements, internal policies and protocols;   
  • data protection impact assessments (DPIAs);
  • data processing and data sharing agreements;
  • data subject access requests (DSARs) and other rights requests;
  • data breaches and data breach reporting;
  • regulatory investigations;
  • data retention strategy;
  • Covid-19 testing and the collection and use of vaccination data;
  • diversity and inclusion monitoring;
  • employee vetting and background checks. 

Some of my recent work highlights include:

  • leading a major global project on the data privacy implications of  Covid-19 'back to work' measures, including  Covid-19 testing and the processing of data on vaccination status;
  • providing detailed advice on global diversity and inclusion initiatives, including practical steps for the management of associated data privacy risks;
  • drafting and advising on the implementation of complex group data sharing arrangements involving multiple client stakeholders in the UK, EU and US; and
  • advising on the processing of data relating to criminal offences and the intersection of data privacy laws with industry-specific regulatory requirements (for example, those applicable in the  legal and financial services industries).

Awards and Recognition

  • Rising Star in Legal 500 2022 (Data Protection)
  • Legal 500 2021 (Employment) - ‘Tom Ford has a fantastic balance of employment and data privacy knowledge'
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