In Trust: James Castro-Edwards Profile

04 / 12 / 2017

Q: Tell us a little about your practice.
I advise domestic and multinational organisations, including FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 companies, on a broad range of data protection issues. As well as providing legal advice, I’ve also developed a Data Protection Officer training program that was accredited by a European government.
Q: You’ve recently had a book published – could you tell us a little about that?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is due to come into force in May 2018 has been widely publicised. I was delighted to have been asked by The Law Society to write a text book on the new law. My book breaks down the various parts of the GDPR and explains them in practical terms.
Q: You’ve launched an offering called ProDPO – could you expand on what that is?
The GDPR will require some sorts of organisations to appoint a Data Protection officer (or DPO). A DPO must be an expert in Data Protection law and practice, and the reality is that a good DPO will be hard to find when the new law takes effect in May 2018. The GDPR allows organisations to outsource the role of a DPO to an external service provider. ProDPO provides an experienced DPO on an outsourced basis.
Q: What do you do when you’re not advising on data protection?
Outside work, I enjoy cycling, shooting, skiing and country life (work and children permitting). Wedlake Bell runs various events for clients and staff that involve these, so sometimes I get to enjoy my interests at work!