Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has hired Paul Glass from Taylor Wessing, where he was partner in the Commercial Technology & Data group and led the firm's Cyber Security practice. Paul will join the Data and Technology team on 19 October to lead the London Data Protection and Cyber practice.

With over 12 years' experience in advising on data breaches, Paul has a wealth of expertise and is well regarded for his practice, which includes cyber security, contentious data protection and litigation, and technology and IT disputes with a particular focus on new and emerging technologies.

Paul is an important strategic hire and will play a significant part in contributing to the Firm's end to end client offering across the data, privacy and security lifecycle.

Steve Holmes, Baker McKenzie's head of the 50 lawyer London Data and Technology team, commented: "The demand from clients for cyber security and contentious data work has never been stronger and we are delighted that such an experienced lawyer in this space is joining our team of data practitioners. Paul's skillset and specialism makes him a perfect fit as we look to further strengthen our already market-leading data and technology practice in this important area and support our work on the most strategic mandates."

London Managing Partner Alex Chadwick added: "Coupled with our global footprint, our client base and strength of our existing Data and Tech practice, Paul's appointment will play a significant role in helping establish ourselves as market leader for important technology and data protection matters as the world’s economies continue to become increasingly global and data driven. I look forward to welcoming him to the Firm."

On his appointment, Paul Glass said: "I am delighted to be joining Baker McKenzie’s leading data and technology practice, with its excellent reputation in the market servicing a wide range of clients. I am looking forward to working with colleagues both in London and globally to develop and grow the Firm's cyber and data litigation practices, and to use innovative and cutting edge technology to help solve clients' problems."

Paul started his career at Herbert Smith Freehills, qualifying into the litigation group in 2002 before moving to Taylor Wessing in October 2006 for its reputation in the TMT space. He became a Partner in May 2015 and positioned himself centrally within the firm for technology related disputes.

Paul's appointment follows a series of strategic hires in Baker McKenzie's London office. Since the start of the year, the Firm has hired Private Equity partner Justin Hutchinson from Kirkland & Ellis; in May, Adam Eastell as M&A partner from Eigen Technologies; and more recently, Dispute Resolution partner Marc Thorley from Simmons & Simmons.

Additional key TMT hires were made across Baker McKenzie's other offices, including IPTech partner Helen Macpherson in the Firm's Sydney practice; media and entertainment lawyer Lex Kuo in China and last year, Leif King, leading M&A lawyer for the technology industry in Silicon Valley.

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