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Office of General Counsel - Assistant Privacy Counsel

Date: Apr 22, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Role Description:
As part of Phase 2 of the KPMG UK GDPR compliance activities and rolling out a new Privacy Office operating model, the UK firm is recruiting an Assistant Privacy Counsel. The suitable candidate will help drive internal compliance with KPMG’s obligations under the UK GDPR, UK Data Protection Act 2018, Privacy of Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and Freedom of Information Act 2000, as well helping to achieve a strong and consistent Privacy contracting position with KPMG’s clients and suppliers.

The Assistant Privacy Counsel will apply their legal skills to effectively support the Senior Privacy Counsel in performing all relevant duties as part of KPMG’s Office of General Counsel.

Key Responsibilities:
- Provide legal support as required to the Senior Privacy Counsel including legal research, drafting and contract negotiation.
- Maintaining Privacy contract playbooks, updating as necessary to reflect changing commercial, regulatory and legal landscape.
- Develop into first point of contact for Privacy legal queries from KPMG’s Privacy Office, Commercial legal teams (including offshore teams) and KPMG business teams.
- Undertake negotiations on Privacy elements of client and supplier contracts.
- Preparation of notes and guidance documents on key Privacy legal issues.
- Drafting and review of external correspondence with data subjects and regulators.
- Providing ad hoc legal support as required the event of a data incident, data subject access request and/or complaint.
- Provide ad hoc advice on Freedom of Information requests.
- Help drive continuous improvement and change
Skills and experience required:
- Solicitor, barrister or CILEX equivalent, qualified to practice in England and Wales (NQ+ will be considered).
- Strong academics.
- Demonstrable experience in Privacy law and contract negotiation from a reputable law firm/in-house legal team.
- Demonstrable knowledge of the UK GDPR, DPA 2018 and FoI Act 2000.
- Very strong written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to present complex legal concepts confidently and clearly to audiences at all levels of seniority and background.
- Well organised and able to independently maintain a high workload efficiently and at a consistently high standard.
- Strong IT skills (MS Office) and demonstrable interest in technology.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Demonstrable interest in pursuing in-house Privacy legal career.
- Recognised privacy qualifications (e.g. CIPP/E) desirable.

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