Commercial (Technology and Data Protection) Associate Director

Osborne Clarke

About the job


"..excellent all round; they have provided good advice and been supportive" - Chambers & Partners

We are looking for an Associate Director to join our highly regarded Commercial team in our Reading office. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience of advising on data, privacy and tech matters.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a top-tier Chambers and Legal 500 rated team and advise on high value, strategically important and often international projects within a supportive, fun and collegiate environment.

The practice

Our Commercial group provides leading-edge legal and business solutions to clients, ranging from high growth start-ups to multinational tech firms, and covering the entire spectrum of commercial activity. Our commercial team has a strong reputation both with local, national and international clients requiring support on key commercial projects, and with large global clients requiring sophisticated cross-jurisdictional advice on areas such as data, privacy and regulatory compliance.

Much of our work involves supporting clients on their digitalisation journeys, helping with contracts and regulatory advice, but also bringing our wider strategic experience, having worked in this space for a number of years.

We span multiple sectors, such as TMC, Life Sciences, Retail & Consumer, Financial Services and Transport & Automotive - creating opportunities for lawyers to gain experience and involvement in a variety of sectors and to develop a focus on areas of particular interest to them.

In this role you will get to work on high value, strategic data related projects for big name brands across our sectors - companies like EE, Microsoft and Danone. Whether it's undertaking a full data compliance review, supporting an innovative collaboration, developing digital sales channels, leveraging large data sets or a strategic high value procurement or data commercialisation opportunity, there will be plenty of complex, interesting data related commercial work for you to support, working closely alongside partners and senior lawyers, with plenty of client exposure.

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The work

This role gives you an unrivalled opportunity to pick the areas of data and commercial law that interest you most, and the sectors that you find the most exciting, and build a career focusing on those.

Some Examples Of Our Recent Experience Includes Advising

  • TripAdvisor on various data protection matters including marketing and subject access requests.
  • Verizon Media on a range of areas, including data protection and digital media.
  • Wirecard Group on a variety of complex data protection issues relating to its transaction and payment processing delivery models, in particular supporting on the data protection aspects of its restructuring and divestment of various business.
  • CoStar, a data vendor, with agreements relating to the procurement and licensing of data for its core product offering and regulatory compliance relating to the storage and processing of personal data.
  • Tech Mahindra and multiple other clients regarding IT / outsourcing contracts and data centres.
  • Deutsche Bank on IT projects, framework agreements and outsourcing of software testing.
  • Vodafone on a key reseller agreement with Dixons Carphone for the distribution of Vodafone's airtime services.

The team

"As lawyers I find them straightforward, pragmatic and enjoyable to work with" - Chambers & Partners

Spanning all three of our UK based offices and working closely together, the Commercial department is made up of over 60 lawyers in total. The Thames Valley Commercial team is currently made up of 1 Associate Director, 1 Senior Associate, 1 Associate, 1 Trainee Solicitor and 2 Paralegals. The team is led by Ian McKenzie, who is a technology transactional lawyer with a focus on IT, PropTech, outsourcing, blockchain and digital assets such as cryptocurrencies. This role would involve working on a very regular basis with our Commercial lawyers in all three offices, as well as our international offices.

Technical Skills And Experience

You will show the desire to develop a range of data related skills and experience, having trained at a law firm recognised for its data and technology law practices. The role requires someone with strong analytical skills and the ability to provide concise, commercial advice to clients whilst really getting to know their business and sector(s) as well as the relevant law. Due to the nature of the work and the structure of the team, we are looking for an Associate Director with previous experience advising on data and related commercial issues, although we will consider candidates with more or less experience.

Technical skills are important, but we also want you to be yourself - we're a very inclusive team who welcome diversity, enjoy each other's company and focus on our people.

Your career development

At Each Stage Of Your Career This Provides You With

Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme.

  • clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress.
  • high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure.
  • thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues.
  • robust technical training with early skills based development, tailored to you.
  • reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure.

Salary And Benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits .

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications - if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Rachael Hardwick in the recruitment team on [email protected] .

At Osborne Clarke we value difference and encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual or romantic orientations. We want everyone to feel that OC is a place where you can be yourself and where you belong, and our range of interest groups and diversity networks - not to mention our great teams - are a part of making that a reality.

We support working families via a range of family and caring friendly policies and will accommodate flexible working where we can. We value the health and wellbeing of our people: for example, we're signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, have an active network of mental health champions and offer free initiatives and flexible benefits to all our people.

Being an inclusive employer is important to us. We have made a number of external commitments such as the Race Fairness Commitment and Women in Law Pledge, and are working with organisations like Stonewall to become a more inclusive employer.

Osborne Clarke is a Living Wage Employer, so we're committed to paying everybody in our business enough to live on and to enable them to save for the future.

We want you to be able to show us your best during the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments to be made during the application, interview process or when working with us, please let us know.

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