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The Legal 500 Data Security Debate

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In the first of an innovative series of roundtables and discussions with leading cyber security experts, Legal Business editor Alex Novarese talks to panellists Stewart Room, Global Head of Cyber Security at PWC Legal; Raj Roy, Legal Director at British Gas Residential; and Tony Bland, Consultant at Change Harbour about the challenges faced by GCs in data security.

Raj RoyRaj Roy is Legal Director for Residential Energy at British Gas where he is responsible for consumer affairs, competition and privacy. Prior to this, he was at Vodafone for the past nine years where he served most recently as Lead Counsel for Regulatory Affairs where his portfolio included competition law, telecoms regulation and privacy. In that capacity, he led Vodafone’s regulatory litigation on a number of strategic issues, including switching processes and interconnection charge controls and managed the process that secured regulatory approval for Vodafone’s groundbreaking network sharing collaboration with Telefonica.

Stewart RoomStewart has over 24 years' experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, focusing for the majority of this time on technology and communications. He specialises in the field of data protection and information management, including the commercial exploitation of data, the security of data, regulatory investigations and litigation arising from the misuse of data. Stewart is rated as a leading individual in data protection by legal directory Chambers UK, who says he "is the kind of lawyer who inspires confidence" and "he is an excellent, first-rate, tactical lawyer." He is a past winner of the Financial Times ‘Legal Innovator of the Year Award’ and the Lawyer Monthly ‘Data Protection Lawyer of the Year Award’. He is also one of the founding directors of Cyber Security Challenge UK (which forms part of the UK National Strategy for Cyber Security), the President of the National Association of Data Protection Officers and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Education Advisory Board. He has written three leading textbooks on information law including ‘Butterworths Data Security Law and Practice’. He can be followed on Twitter @StewartRoom, or through his blog at www.stewartroom.co.uk. Stewart is a partner at PwC Legal LLP, based in London. He is the Global Head of the Cyber Security and Data Protection practice at PwC Legal. He can be contacted at Stewart.Room@pwclegal.co.uk.

Tony BlandTony Bland is Lead technical consultant for Change Harbour Ltd where he provides IT strategy, design and implementation services to leading professional services and technology businesses. Previously a senior IT manager at Linklaters LLP Tony has delivered high profile projects for leading firms with particular focus on virtualisation (including Citrix, ESX), cloud architectures (including Office 365) and mobility solutions. In this role Tony has recently led development of a knowledge management system and managed implementation and review of several major VDI projects at law firms in London and Europe.

Alex NovareseAlex Novarese is a business journalist with nearly 20 years of experience covering a range of sectors including capital markets, fund management and professional services. He has covered the legal profession for 16 years, including five years as editor of Legal Week, and is established as one of the most prominent commentators on the legal services market. He joined Legalease as editor-in-chief of Legal Business and its sister title The In-House Lawyer in February 2013.


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