Katherine Pears

Katherine Pears


  • Birmingham
  • +(44)(0)12456 8361
  • 07789773923
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What can Katherine do for you?

Katherine is part of the regulatory, public and commercial disputes team. She advises on different education and public law matters, with a particular specialism in data protection and freedom of information, drawing upon her previous experience working in house at a Russell Group university.

Supporting your ambitions

Katherine's experience includes: 

  • Advising on and drafting responses to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, including the engagement of any relevant legal exemptions.
  • Advising on and drafting responses to internal review requests and responses to the ICO following FOI complaints.
  • Advising on the implementation of the GDPR and conducting internal data protection training at a Russell Group university.
  • Advising and reviewing data subject rights requests, including large and complex subject access requests. Advising on appropriate redactions and any relevant legal exemptions.
  • Advising on complex data protection queries involving sensitive student and staff disciplinary/complaint cases for a Russell group university.
  • Advising and supporting a Russell group university on data breaches and its data breach incident management process. Assessing whether ICO and/or data subject notification was required.
  • Drafting FOI and data protection policies and procedures for a Russell group university, including SOPs, privacy notices and internal processes and training material.

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