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DWF recruits data protection specialist

Elaine Fletcher has joined as a director in DWF’s data protection team in Leeds, where she will help to strategically develop the firm’s data protection capability and the service offerings available to the firm’s national client base. Prior to joining DWF, Elaine was Senior Privacy Manager at Asda, a solicitor at Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard, and in the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Elaine brings over 20 years’ experience in data protection, with wide-ranging expertise in compliance, data security and breach response, corporate governance and risk management, dispute resolution, data sharing, and providing strategic advice on how to maximise the commercial value of personal data, and manage information practices and data flows.  Elaine also regularly advises on freedom of information laws.

In addition to working with public organisations including colleges and universities, local and health authorities, water companies, regional development agencies and rail companies, Elaine has advised a broad range of private sector clients including in the retail, financial services, technology and pharmaceutical sectors.  She has advised on significant corporate projects and has conducted large compliance audit and implementation programmes. Her corporate experience also includes data advice on wholesale business transfers and strategic advice to prepare companies for disposal or merger. 

Elaine commented on her appointment: “I’m pleased to be joining DWF and feel that the firm’s strategic sector approach is a strong match with my background and expertise. I look forward to working with the team in Leeds and nationally to further expand the firm’s data protection capability and enhance the service offerings and products that are available to clients.”

Alasdair Peacock, head of corporate and banking at DWF, commented: “Elaine is an expert in data protection and has first-rate experience from her work in the Information Commissioner’s Office, in private practice and in retail, that will make her an asset to our team and allow us to deliver even better results for clients. We know from her experience that she doesn’t shy away from advising on complex or unchartered areas of policy, so we look forward to further developing the team’s expertise with her input.”

Elaine’s appointment is the latest in a number of high-profile partner hires for DWF, including regulatory partner Jeremy Irving, real estate partner Abby Dry and construction, infrastructure and projects partner Ben Powell, and follows the recent appointment of Nic Crocker as the firm’s new executive partner in Leeds.

Alasdair Peacock

Partner - Head of Corporate Services

I have extensive experience in corporate and commercial law managing teams of lawyers both in industry and in private practice.

Elaine Fletcher

Director

I specialise in data protection and freedom of information law. I believe that compliance done well is a business facilitator not a blocker, and that privacy by design brings commercial benefits.