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Data Protection Senior Legal Counsel (Senior Manager)

Date: Feb 7, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID141987BR
Job TitleData Protection Senior Legal Counsel (Senior Manager)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationLondon
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineQRM
Service Line InformationQuality and Risk Management are the responsibility of each partner and employee. This responsibility includes the need to understand and adhere to member firm policies and associated procedures in carrying out their day-to-day activities. UK Quality & Risk Management teams help to set, implement and enforce policies and procedures designed to help to enable KPMG UK and its personnel to achieve the following key objectives: (i) oversee and monitor service quality, (ii) protect the brand and reputation of KPMG, (iii) comply with laws, (iv) regulations and professional standards, and (v) minimize the risk of financial claims against KPMG UK.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job Description
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) comprises a team of experienced partners, lawyers and industry specialists based in Canary Wharf who specialise in advising on and managing the handling of all major legal, regulatory and reputational issues affecting the firm on both a contentious and non-contentious basis. OGC provide extensive advice to the firm’s leadership, partners and staff.
OGC also provides general advice to the management team of the UK firm regarding risk management and other legal issues which affect the partnership generally and in the context of the firm’s position within the KPMG global organisation.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a minimum of 6-9 PQE (with substantial experience in data privacy) to advise a demanding multinational professional services business with a turnover of approximately £2bn and employing over 16,000 people in the UK on a range of data protection matters.

Regulatory compliance is a critical issue for KPMG, its clients and its people. The focus of this role is for an experienced data protection lawyer to drive forward KPMG’s privacy strategy and ensure the firm’s continued compliance with its data protection obligations and meeting the expectations of KPMG’s own people, clients, regulators and the public. The successful candidate will work closely with the rest of OGC, the Data Protection Officer and his team.

The Practice Protection & Regulatory team consists of a number of senior colleagues both lawyers and regulatory compliance professionals at various levels. The Regulatory part of the team comprises a Partner (who is the firm’s MLRO), a Director (who is the firm’s FCA Compliance Officer) and a Director (who is the firm’s Data Protection Officer) who are supported by two lawyers and a wider team. The successful candidate would form part of the team currently reporting to the Data Protection Officer.

The Activities

Although the agenda and responsibility of the Practice Protection & Regulatory team evolves and will result in other activities, key responsibilities will include:

- Drafting and negotiating of complex commercial provisions relating to data protection (for clients, suppliers, and other third parties) and assisting other legal teams in such negotiations. Reviewing and advising on the work prepared by team members or external advisers as necessary.
- Being a lead privacy resource for the firm and providing concise and easily understandable advice to the firm’s Privacy Office and client service teams on complex data protection matters, including implications of new service lines and technologies, data subject access requests and data privacy impact assessments.
- Leading the drafting, reviewing, amending and updating a range of Privacy and Data Protection documents, including firm policies, templates and training.
- Proactively responding to legal, regulatory and business changes and developing and implementing required changes for the firm which may involve working with other teams within KPMG UK or the KPMG network of member firms as necessary.
- Advising the firm on responding to data incidents. This is likely to include supporting the investigation team and the firm’s Data Protection Officer by advising on notifications to clients and regulators as appropriate, and recommending improvements to prevent future occurrences.
- Supporting junior members of the team in their work and personal development.
The Individual

This role offers a number of exciting opportunities to the right individual who will likely have:

- 6-9 years PQE with substantial and demonstrable data protection subject matter expertise. Experience of dealing with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 would be a bonus.
- Experience in providing pragmatic, commercial advice to the business.
- Good case management and organisational skills to take responsibility for projects from planning to completion (including co-ordinating with a number of teams).
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate and influence with confidence and clarity at all levels, including senior colleagues and third parties such as external legal counsel.
- Good awareness of the core concepts of information security and the ability to quickly understand how these relate to the privacy aspects of KPMG’s services and business.
- Experience of delivering advice on management of data incidents and assessment of reporting obligations.
- Proactive with strong leadership skills and the ability to work independently as well as being a team player.
- Able to produce work to tight deadlines, with an attention to detail whilst under pressure.
- Strong people skills with the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally.
Additional Information

The role is a full-time permanent position based in London (Canary Wharf). You will be located with the OGC team and the Quality & Risk Management team where you will join a mix of approximately 80 permanent and seconded staff.
We encourage flexible working and will consider flexible working applications for all of our roles in line with our flexible working policy.



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