John is a highly experienced data protection lawyer, leading the firm’s data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice in Ireland.
One of Ireland’s best known and respected privacy lawyers, John has a varied client base of both Irish and international organisations and he is recognised by clients for his strategic advice on global data governance and compliance, data transfers, information security and breach response matters.
John also advises on contentious data protection and privacy matters, including information access requests and regulatory investigations.
Having represented BSA – The Software Alliance in the Schrems II case while at his previous firm, John was part of the global DLA Piper team that created a pioneering data transfer assessment methodology implemented through a legal tech tool, known as Transfer, which was launched to the market in July 2020, following the landmark judgment in that case.
John writes and speaks regularly on data protection and cyber security matters and has lectured and created course modules for the Law Society of Ireland, the Kings Inns and Trinity College Dublin as well as speaking at international conferences such as the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
John is recognised in Best Lawyers 2019 under ‘The Best Lawyers in Ireland’ for work in Technology law.
John is “commercial, client-focused and collaborative in terms of getting good results for clients.” He is described by clients as “easy and straightforward to deal with, even when under pressure. He is definitely a person I would go to in a crisis.” (Chambers Europe)
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