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Simmons & Simmons

ONE LINEAR PARK, TEMPLE QUAY, BRISTOL, BS2 0PS, ENGLAND
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Work +44 20 7628 2020
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Lawrence Brown

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Simmons & Simmons

Work Department

Information, Communications & Technology

Position

Lawrence is a partner in the Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) group in London. He specialises in advising suppliers and customers in regulated sectors on major technology and outsourcing projects and has over 13 years’ experience in this area. He also advises clients on data protection audits and implementation programmes, as well as on areas such as data protection impact assessments, personal data breach responses and data subjects’ rights.

Career

Joined Simmons & Simmons as a trainee in 2003; Qualified 2005; Promoted to Partner 2017.

Languages

English, French and German

Education

Bristol University (graduated 2001); BPP Law School (PGDL and LPC)


London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Simmons & Simmons data protection and privacy group is headed up by the 'intuitive and astute' Alexander Brown. The department is noted for its expertise in the financial sector and is instructed by HSBC on data protection and digital matters. It is also acting for Telefónica UK on all data protection compliance matters and advised on its project preparing for the GDPR. Beyond advising financial institutions and telecoms clients, the team has particular expertise acting for investment funds, technology and life sciences companies. Recently promoted partner Lawrence Brown is highlighted for his 'methodical approach'.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The information and communications technology team at Simmons & Simmons provides 'speedy, relevant and timely advice that is always succinct and commercially focused' to clients such as Samsung, Telefónica UK, Virgin Media and BT plc. The team is also instructed by OneWeb on complex TMT regulatory issues concerning satellite broadband, in numerous jurisdictions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In another work highlight James Cotter led a team acting for VEON on a project for the transformation of the clients supply chain, including drafting and renegotiating terms of procurement as well as automating certain contract templates. Tom Wheadon attracts praise for 'his tireless and selfless ability to be there whenever needed to provide  measured legal advice'. He heads the practice, which includes head of TMT Alexander Brown, and Hinal Patel, who advises  buyers and suppliers in the technology and telecoms sectors. Changes to the team includes Lawrence Brown's promotion to the partnership and Tony Woodgate's retirement.

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