James Castro-Edwards

Partner

Head of Data Protection




T: +44 (0)20 7395 3108
jcastro-edwards@wedlakebell.com

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Expertise

James advises organisations in the private, public and third sectors on data protection issues. His experience includes managing global data protection compliance projects for multinational companies, providing advice on discrete data protection issues and advising companies that have suffered a data breach.

James has also developed and delivered data protection audit and training programs to a wide variety of operators.


Recent Experience

  • Advising a US$14 BN multinational company on the data protection issues arising from a global HR system.
  • Delivering a data protection audit and providing ongoing advice to a national construction and homebuilding company.
  • Advising a US headquartered global relocation services provider on data protection matters.
  • Advising a London Council on data sharing arrangements.
  • Providing outsourced data protection officer (DPO) services to a European commercial bank.
  • Developing and delivering an accredited Data Protection Officers training course to a European government.

Career History

James joined Wedlake Bell in May 2015 as a partner and head of data protection, from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwCLegal) cyber security and data protection team.

Prior to PwCLegal, James was a senior associate, specialising in data protection at Speechly Bircham.

After obtaining a degree in Law from Queen Mary University in London, he qualified at Japanese investment bank Mizuho International, in 2004. He also took a Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London.


Publications

James regularly writes on data protection and has been published in a wide range of titles, including The Times, The Guardian, Spear’s Wealth, V3, Data Protection Law & Policy, Risk & Compliance and USLaw.

He frequently speaks on data protection and cyber security matters, including appearances on BBC News, LBC Radio, and at The Law Society.


"Practice head James Castro-Edwards is advising [...] on data protection issues surrounding its employees and on GDPR compliance"


— Legal 500, 2017

"James Castro-Edwards is a 'cybersecurity expert'"


— Legal 500, 2017

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Mossack Fonseca could face action from clients as well as regulators

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EU Court Blocks Transfer of Personal Data to the U.S. via ‘Safe Harbor’ Arrangement

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Legal view: What a Brexit could mean for data protection and UK businesses

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Webinar materials: EU General Data Protection Regulation

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Security Think Tank: EU data security principles apply, regardless of Brexit

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In Trust: James Castro-Edwards Profile

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The Law Society Gazette review Partner James Castro-Edwards’ book on GDPR

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Partner and Head of Data Protection, James Castro-Edwards, interviewed by the Insurance POST

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Law Lessons: What EU GDPR & NIS Directive Mean For Your Business

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General Data Protection Regulation – practical steps to compliance

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Companies at risk over personal data compliance

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EU General Data Protection Regulation

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Wearables and data collection: Insurers should think twice before tracking private data from wearables

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Subject Access Requests following Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing

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Information commissioner fines TalkTalk £400,000 over customer data practices

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New data protection laws will affect businesses in the property sector. Is your business ready?

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Brexit – Implications for data protection

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Cyber security: Three quick wins for in-house counsel

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What a Brexit could mean for data protection and UK businesses

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Data Protection Seminar – 26 April 2016

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“Find out how SMEs can avoid big GDPR fines and penalties” – James Castro-Edwards hosts webinar for Real Business

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James Castro-Edwards and Nikita Saini host Data Protection webinar for The Law Society

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“User data controversy instigates Facebook changes as ICO investigates” – James Castro-Edwards comments for Digital Business Lawyer

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“Facebook privacy row: Hard fines for tech giants ‘will plug data leaks'” – James Castro-Edwards comments for The Times

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“Tech and data protection law, post-GDPR” – James Castro-Edwards writes for Computing Magazine

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Reporting data breaches – a guide for HR teams

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​James Castro-Edwards’ article is published in Information Age