James Castro-Edwards > Wedlake Bell LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Wedlake Bell LLP

Work Department

Head of data protection team.


Partner advising domestic and multinational organisations on data protection issues. Experience includes managing global data protection compliance projects for multinationals, including implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley driven whistleblower hotlines and the implementation of outsourced HR and CRM systems, including PeopleSoft, Workday and Salesforce.com. Typically, such projects include managing local counsel across numerous jurisdictions, coordinating with clients’ local offices and local data protection authorities and providing practical solutions to the client project lead.

James regularly advises domestic companies on complex data protection issues. He has also developed and delivered innovative data protection training programs for multinational clients, including developing a data protection officers’ training course which was accredited by a European government.


James joined Wedlake Bell in May 2015 as a Partner and Head of Data Protection, from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwCLegal) cyber security and data protection team. Prior to PwCLegal, James was a Senior Associate, specialising in data protection at Speechly Bircham. He qualified at Japanese investment bank Mizuho International, in 2004.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Wedlake Bell LLP advises start-ups, customers, software suppliers, systems integrators and outsourcing service providers on a range of matters, with particular expertise in data protection and fintech mandates. Practice head Jonathan Cornthwaite specialises in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements. Other key practitioners include James Castro-Edwards, who focuses on cybersecurity and data protection issues; and consultant Mick Gorrill, who is an expert in data protection security breaches and complicated data protection compliance cases.