Associate - Data Protection and Information Governance

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What does the role involve?

We are looking for an NQ to join our national dispute resolution practice.  This role can be based in our Birmingham, Cambridge or Manchester office.

The Role

Your workload will primarily involve advising clients across the firm‘s key sectors, including education, health, life sciences, technology and charities on specialist data protection related issues. The role will also include disputes involving personal data claims; eg claims arising from data breaches or mis-use of personal data as well as advising on all aspects of data subject access requests, including searches (eg search terms), reviewing documents, applying exemptions and advising on complaints;You will also advise on and drafting reports to the Information Commissioner concerning data security breaches, as well as drafting and advising on Privacy Notices and policies concerning the processing of personal data. You will advise on the application of the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations legislation to a range of clients. You will advise on the response to FOI and EIR requests, including the application of exemptionsAdvising on responding to FOI, EIR and personal data complaints to the Information Commissioner and First Tier Tribunal. You may also be asked to support the NSL‘s dispute resolution teams on a wider range of reputation management and contentious issues relating to litigation, liability and governanceYou will be expected to travel within the UK (Covid restrictions permitting) to support clients, engage in business development and work collaboratively with colleagues across our six UK offices.The role involves business development and client relationship responsibilities such as, building strong client relationship, supporting client relationship manages to deliver outstanding client service, attending internal and external networking events. You will also need to contribute to the continued development of the profile of the firm through the writing of articles and blogs for both Mills & Reeve and external publications, as well as supporting the delivery of training and other sessions to clients and prospects. 

The Person

You will be at NQ+ years PQE (solicitor or barrister) with experience in conducting litigation.  Ideally, you will have some experience in data protection issues and information governance work.  Experience of work in any particular sector is not essential.Good academics (eg 2.1 degree or equivalent with good A levels or equivalent) are required.  You will have experience of conducting litigation, especially disclosure tasks. You will have excellent written English and ability to produce clear, logical drafting and have attention to detail.  Also required are excellent communication, interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others, influence and persuade.  You will be able to build and strengthen relationships with clients and potential clients.In addition to IT, research (including an ability to use online information sources), negotiating, and lateral thinking and problem solving skills, you will have effective time and matter paper management skills with a systematic approach to work. You will have drive and commitment to see a job throughExperience of complaints to the Information Commissioner and/or First Tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) on information rights matter, marketing skills, advocacy and other public speaking, are desirable skills but not essential.

Who will I be working with?

You will be working with Richard Sykes, partner, and Helen Tringham to whom you will report on a day to day basis. You will also work with Gary Attle (Head of Education & Governance).  The team is part of the cross- office Regulatory Public and Commercial Disputes NSL headed up by partner, Jamie Wheatley.

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

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The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.

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