James McGachie is a litigator and regulatory lawyer, with particular focus in data privacy/information security; commercial dispute resolution, public and regulatory law (with a particular emphasis on investigations and inquiries), and intellectual property.

James acts in both national and international matters on behalf of clients in Scotland, the wider United Kingdom, and beyond. His work spans many sectors, including technology; consumer goods, food and retail; financial services; and infrastructure, construction and transport.

James is a member of the firm’s Global Data Protection and Privacy team and, as a litigator by background, has a particular focus on contentious information law work, including a wide array of privacy litigation, data security breach responses, and contentious data subject requests. He is providing a number of clients with data breach and subject rights support in terms of responding to the obligations introduced following the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018. James also has significant experience in pursuing and responding to requests made under freedom of information and environmental information requests.

James is a regular commentator on data privacy issues in many reputable publications, including Financier Worldwide, Lexis-Nexis and The Scotsman. He regularly presents on the key risk and pressure points in relation to data privacy to organisations such as the Security Awareness Special Interest Group, the Information and Records Management Society, and the Law Society of Scotland. James also regularly provides updates to clients on data privacy through the firm's "What In-House Lawyers Need" (WIN) initiative and the firm's annual #TechSummit event.