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Commercial Senior Associate – Data Protection (6 years + PQE)


Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Southampton, Oxford

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We are excited to be recruiting an experienced Commercial Senior Associate (6 years + PQE) to join our growing and ambitious Commercial Team, with a focus on data protection. This is an excellent opportunity to work with partner Ashley Avery and the team on a full spectrum of data related issues. The team have extensive experience of advising on large scale data protection compliance projects, the development of data risk strategy and the roll out of consumer facing practices such as digital advertising, direct marketing and loyalty programmes. The team also regularly works ‘in the trenches’ alongside clients when dealing with data breaches, including supporting with ICO investigations and consumer claims. This work is supplemented by “business as usual” data protection work such as assisting clients with SARs/rights requests, HR data issues, policy drafting and implementation, arrangements with third party suppliers and advising on the legitimacy of international data transfers.

There would also be ample opportunity to support the wider Commercial Team (including on commercial contracts, technology related projects and non-contentious IP related issues) if this suited the relevant candidate's skill set.

We're flexible as to where and how this role is fulfilled, the successful candidate could be based in our  Bristol, Southampton Exeter, – with a blend of office and home working.

What you'll do

Working as part of a motivated and supportive team, you will offer business focussed and strategic advice to high quality national and regional clients including household names on a wide range of data privacy related matters. In addition, you will work collaboratively with our highly regarded Corporate Team, providing support in respect of data protection issues arising  throughout M&A transactions and post completion when developing relationships with target businesses.

As part of the role, you will be responsible for delegating work to, and supervising, junior lawyers and trainees to ensure that work is done at the right level and to allow you to focus on  complex matters. It is therefore essential that you enjoy working as part of a team and are skilled in managing others as well as effective delegation.

Working closely with the partners you will be directly involved in  building the profile of the Commercial Team and specifically, the data protection practice within this, in line with the wider objectives and goals of the firm. In return for your efforts, we will support you to develop your professional skills and knowledge to progress your career . We actively encourage every member of the team to engage with business development opportunities and take part in networks and want you to  play a key role in contributing towards the continuing success of the Commercial Team and the firm's data privacy offering.

We are proud of our proven track record of developing and progressing our lawyers, in an environment where recognition and appreciation is shared with colleagues. Our lawyers understand that progression is open to them as and when they are ready, without the need for concern about 'glass ceilings'. Your career path will be entirely based on merit and under your control from the outset.

What we're looking for

As an experienced data protection lawyer, you will be accustomed to being challenged and seeking to further enhance your skills and knowledge whilst working with high quality clients in a supportive team. You will have already gained exposure to a wide variety of commercial matters with a focus on data protection, working independently with clients of differing size and profile, able to demonstrate your positive and pragmatic approach to finding the right solutions to meet their business needs. With the exceptional pace of technological change, you will be driven to stay ahead of data protection developments and be at the forefront in understanding the impact of developing technologies.

You will be experienced in managing and supervising junior lawyers and will know how to get the best from the people around you. You will be a strong communicator with good team building skills and the resilience to work under pressure.

You may already be an experienced Associate or a Senior Associate who is ready for a new challenge. You may have also gained some experience in an inhouse legal team, and previous secondments may be advantageous but are not essential. The most important thing to us is your drive to continue developing your legal and commercial skillset and build long lasting and rewarding relationships with clients. You will be keen to create opportunities to further enhance your profile and that of the firm by engaging with a variety of business development opportunities.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role, please contact our Recruitment Team via email in the first instance, and we will come back to you as soon as we can: [email protected]

Why Foot Anstey?

As one of the UK's fastest growing law firms, we believe in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients' goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver the right solutions at the right time. We are on an exciting journey to become our clients’ most trusted advisor, enabling them to achieve their ambitions, and we think how we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values guide the way we act, every day, from the way we operate as a business to how we treat our colleagues and clients:

  • collaboration over convention
  • championing aspiration
  • being refreshingly human
  • embracing entrepreneurial spirit
  • delivering integrated thinking

We're proud to have grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Developers, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Private Equity, Private Wealth, and Retail & Consumer. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients' needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We now operate from eight bases: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton, Oxford and London.

At Foot Anstey our people, like our values, are at the very heart of our business. We work hard to help our employees achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. Wellbeing matters to us and our people enjoy a range of benefits which we think are a bit special, such as the weekly Lifestyle Hour to use as you wish, and our Family Hour option which makes a day of annual leave go so much further across the year.

We will offer you excellent career development opportunities, along with a combination of structured and flexible learning and development options to suit you as you progress. Through access to our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy, you'll benefit from all the support you need to develop your client facing skills, whilst continuing to develop your technical skills too. By working together, we'll ensure you have the right environment to flourish in order to achieve your longer term career ambitions.

We believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment where everyone can feel valued and rewarded. Understanding that being flexible makes us stronger, we actively encourage a variety of working patterns for most of our vacancies, dependent upon the needs of the team, and over 40% of our employees have a permanent flexible working pattern.

Throughout the pandemic, most of our people have been working on a flexible, remote basis and we are now seeing a gradual return to our offices by those individuals who feel comfortable doing so.

The recruitment process

Your time is precious and we fully appreciate what goes into applying for a new role. As such, we strive to acknowledge your application immediately and respond within 7 days regardless of outcome. We review applications on a rolling basis and don’t use closing dates for our roles as a result of this. Once shortlisted, we typically undertake a two-stage interview process, and naturally much of this is done via Microsoft Teams, though some in person interviews and meetings are beginning to take place. Our Recruitment Team will support and guide you throughout the process, ensuring you receive ample information about us and the role.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is central to our business, and essential to delivering our strategy, so we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard in 2018 and to successfully renew this in 2021. It is right at the heart of our priorities. This goes beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership.

We are committed to ‘powering your ambition’, which defines and sets us apart as a firm. It means that we aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us. As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role you are encouraged to answer the diversity and social mobility monitoring questions. The answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Foot Anstey. Powering Your Ambition. 


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