I have over 35 years’ experience of advising suppliers and users of technology and communications media. I also specialise in data privacy, commercial contracts, and intellectual property.
Prior to joining Lewis Silkin I worked both in-house and as a partner in a number of law firms in London and Dublin.
I now look after Lewis Silkin’s Technology, Intellectual Property, Data Privacy and Commercial Contracts practice in Ireland.
Having worked initially as an in-house lawyer for over 5 years in technology companies and since then for a mix of both suppliers and users, I understand both sides of most arguments!
Since my formative years as a technology lawyer working for IBM that technology as well as the opportunities and challenges surrounding it have massively evolved.
Today the Lewis Silkin team and I advise in respect of a variety of technologies. These include cloud services, and the white labelling of services. I give advice in respect of IOT, mobile apps, website terms and conditions, online trading, social media, domain names, e-learning, medical devices.
I can advise on the development and procurement of technology as well as IP transfers and licences. I can also assist with cyber security matters and policies.
Data and Privacy
The use and protection of personal data is now a huge part of the landscape and has become irrevocably intertwined with the use of modern technologies like social media.
I can help you across a broad spectrum of issues including the preparation of up to date privacy policies to ensure GDPR compliance, cookie policies, (and advice on the up-coming ePrivacy Regulation on the use of electronic communications services). I also advise on general GDPR compliance and the documented procedures you need to have in place to meet the Regulation’s requirements.
I regularly guide clients through the handling of Data Subject Access Requests (DSARS) and make sure that their procedures represent best practice. In what circumstances would you need to prepare a Data Privacy Impact Assessment (DPIA)? I can help you assess when a DPIA is required and if so what needs to be included.
For those unfortunate enough to suffer a data breach, the team and I can help with its resolution, advise on any notification requirements, and liaise with the Data Protection Commission when necessary.
I also advise on general commercial contracts including agreements in respect of franchising, concessions, sponsorship, agency and distribution, services, logistics and warehousing, and the leisure and hotel industries.