Eminent data protection regulator, UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham will be joining leading global law firm Baker McKenzie. Her term as ICO came to an end in November 2021.

Specializing in data protection and data privacy, Elizabeth will draw on the wealth of experience she has gained over the course of her tenure both at the ICO, and as Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada to advise Baker McKenzie’s clients on data protection best practice, strategy and wider technology regulation trends. 

Elizabeth will join Baker McKenzie in January 2022 and will be based in London, further bolstering the Firm's existing strong data privacy and cybersecurity and technology teams across Europe and globally. 

Commenting on the appointment, Baker McKenzie's Chair of Global Data Privacy and Security Business Unit, Brian Hengesbaugh said,

"Elizabeth's appointment is a real coup. No stranger to grappling with some of the thorniest issues in the field of technology and how our data is used and accessed, Elizabeth's appointment will bring yet greater strength and depth to this core area of focus for the Firm."

Baker McKenzie's UK head of cybersecurity, Paul Glass added,

"Data protection and data privacy are a crucial part of our technology offering at Baker McKenzie, and in increasing demands from clients around our global network. We are very excited that Elizabeth will be joining us, and lending her expertise to this dynamic area of our business. Few global regulators have been closer to the cutting edge issues in data regulation than Elizabeth."

Elizabeth Denham's hire follows a number of recent lateral appointments at Baker McKenzie, including Andrew Hedges, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright, Oliver Jefferies from Stephenson Harwood, Stephanie Pantelidaki, who joined as Head of Financial Services Transfer Pricing in the Firm's tax practice from PwC, Leverage Finance partner Ben Wilkinson who joined from White & Case, M&A partner Nick Rainsford from Ashurst, private equity partner Justin Hutchinson from Kirkland & Ellis, Adam Eastell a partner from Slaughter and May and Nick Bryans, also from Ashurst.
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