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Senior Legal Counsel - Data Privacy

Date: Oct 28, 2020

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Title: Senior Legal Counsel – Data Privacy
Service Live: KPMG Global
Grade: A (Director)
Location: London + some international travel (post covid)
Role type: Full time

Role Overview
The role will involve providing, under the ultimate supervision of the General Counsel or other senior experienced lawyers in the team, legal advice on a broad range of privacy and data protection issues, including advising on GDPR, the Data Protection Act (UK) 2018, the US CLOUD Act, the California Consumer Privacy Act and other relevant national laws and regulations.
Key responsibilities will include:

- Being a lead privacy legal resource for KPMG International and its related entities and providing concise and easily understandable legal advice to such entities and others as may be required on complex data protection matters, including implications of new service lines and technologies, cross-border transfers, data breaches and investigations, and disclosure of data to authorities.
- Proactively responding to legal, regulatory and business changes and developing and implementing required changes for KPMG International which may involve working with other teams at an International or member firm level
- Involvement in the drafting, reviewing, amending and updating of a range of Privacy, Data Protection and Document Retention/Deletion related documents, including organization-wide agreements, global policies, templates and training.
- Providing support to Global Procurement colleagues where required in relation to drafting and negotiation of complex commercial provisions relating to data privacy and protection laws and regulations (for suppliers and other third parties). Reviewing and advising on the work prepared by team members or external advisers as necessary.
- Assisting IOGC colleagues in evaluating the impact of data privacy and protection laws, regulatory guidance and enforcement actions, and other related guidelines on technology solutions.
- Maintaining subject matter expertise in areas of data privacy and protection laws and advising on the impact of these laws on the global organization’s business and service linesSkills requirements:
We are looking for a qualified lawyer with:

- Demonstrable extensive PQE (or equivalent, if not qualified in the UK) specialising in data privacy for approximately 10-12 years although all candidates with demonstrable ability to fulfil the role will be considered regardless of duration.
- Excellent legal technical skills and substantial and demonstrable data privacy and protection subject matter expertise across a range of global privacy laws, regulatory guidance and enforcement actions.
- Demonstrable awareness of the types of data privacy and protection issues and challenges faced by a large global organisation.
- Deep understanding of the core concepts of information security and the ability to quickly understand how these relate to the data privacy aspects of the network’s services and business.
- Experience of working as part of a legal team in relation to complex cross-border commercial matters. This experience may have been gained at a top law firm or in an equivalent in-house position.
- Legal experience which has mostly been gained advising on business transactions and issues (whether non-contentious or contentious).
- An understanding of business drivers affecting, and legal, regulatory and business risks faced by, large global organizations.
- Awareness of own strengths and areas for development.
- Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively as part of a small, supportive team while taking responsibility for their own work.
- Ability to provide clear and pragmatic advice to, and deal confidently with, individuals at all levels.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with key business leads and senior stakeholders and deal with people from different cultures in an appropriate way.

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