Helena Brown > Addleshaw Goddard > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard
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Helena is an IP, IT and commercial expert with over 15 years’ experience advising on a range of legal areas such as high profile technology sector investments and acquisitions, high profile public bodies and charities and on strategic data protection issues and more. Helena is also a fully accredited Practitioner in Data Protection, and also has extensive experience in providing support on complex freedom of information matters. Helena supports and advises on international data transfers, service offshoring and subject access requests.


McGrigors LLP; Senior Solicitor, Burness LLP; Associate, Burness Paull LLP; Director, Partner HBJ Gateley 2015 to date.


Scottish Life Sciences Association, Society for computers and Law, Centre for Freedom Information


Glasgow University (1999 LLB Hons, Dip LP)

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Helena BrownAddleshaw Goddard

Working across multiple sites throughout Scotland, Addleshaw Goddard regularly handles a mix of data protection, tech litigation, and digital transformation projects, as well as an increasing volume of outsourcing contracts in the wealth platform space. Practice head David Anderson routinely advises clients on major strategic projects and investments into fast-growth technology businesses, spearheading the firm’s nationwide tech and fintech accelerator programme. The Aberdeen-based Ross McKenzie’s broad focus encompasses retail, consumer goods, and energy tech, while Helena Brown is noted for her capabilities in financial services and sports, assisting a host of clients with data protection and regulatory matters. Sam Lawson possesses key experience in systems procurement and implementation, while Glasgow-based Calum Fisher concentrates on e-commerce, software, and consumer goods. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh unless stated otherwise.

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Praised by clients for its ‘experienced, sensible, and knowledgeable‘ approach, Addleshaw Goddard is particularly renowned for its capabilities in the football sector, working with some of the largest clubs and governing bodies both within and beyond Scotland on a range of disputes, commercial issues, and other advisory mandates. Practice chair Simon Catto is a highly experienced litigator who regularly acts for clubs and individual players in contentious proceedings. Helena Brown focuses on commercial and regulatory instructions, serving as a key port of call for disruption-based issues over the course of the pandemic. Associate Erin Grieve, a Scottish FA-qualified referee, is instructed by numerous clubs and bodies to represent them in hearings and arbitrations. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh.

London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Addleshaw Goddard has a broad data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice, which is equipped to handle both contentious and non-contentious matter. Acting for an array of FSTE 100 and FSTE 250 companies operating in the financial services, retail, healthcare and energy sectors, the team has recently advised on regulatory investigations, compliance projects, data breach response, ransomware attacks and litigation. Splitting her time between London and Edinburgh,  practice head Helena Brown focuses on complex compliance matters and large-scale incidents. Nathalie Morena often advises on multi-jurisdictional data transfers and data protection audits while Aberdeen-based Ross McKenzie is recommended for IT and data-related matters.