Data Protection Snr Associate
Before you meet us, get to know us
RPC is a modern, progressive and commercially-oriented City legal services business. From our offices in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore we provide advice to both UK and international clients.
What we do
Our practice spans a wide range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on technology and media, retail, commercial and financial disputes, regulatory and insurance. Working on both contentious and noncontentious matters, our clients range from large multinationals to growth UK corporate firms and other professional practices, and include many household names.
Where we work
We act for a large number of international clients with interests throughout the world. We have offices in both the UK and Asia and, as a founder-member of TerraLex – one of the world's largest legal networks – we have strong links with law firms in over 100 jurisdictions allowing us to offer a seamless service to our clients across the globe.
We are looking for a senior Data Protection lawyer (e.g. Senior Associate level) to join our award-winning group in London. The ideal candidate will:
be 5 PQE (or above);
be an excellent data/technical lawyer and have a pragmatic and commercial approach to advising on and resolving issues;
have extensive experience in data protection law, including GDPR and PECR, across various sectors;
have experience of supervising junior lawyers, managing data protection projects and being the point of contact with clients;
be motivated and keen to progress to senior roles within the organisation; and
be ambitious and want to help grow the practice and take an active role in core initiatives in the firm.
The Data team and the MIPTOC group
The Data team comprises three key sub-groups: Data Advisory, Data Disputes and Cyber Breach. The candidate we are seeking would sit within the Data Advisory sub-group, which forms part of the wider MIPTOC group (which stands for "Media, IP, Technology and Outsourcing"). It is an exceptionally successful group with market leading teams across the group and combines contentious and non-contentious experience across Commercial, Data, IP and Tech in a single group. We are ranked Tier 3 for Data Protection in Legal 500. The group is also ranked Tier 1 in Legal 500 for Commercial Contracts, for the TMT and Retail/Consumer sectors and for Media & Entertainment. The group was also recently named TMT Team of the year for 2020 in the Legal Business Awards.
The Data Advisory team enjoys a real mix of work including:
GDPR compliance audits and remediation programmes;
analysis and advice on technology projects and marketing innovations, including lawful basis, transparency, PECR compliance and accountability documentation;
drafting and negotiating vendor DPAs and controller/controller data sharing agreements, including data transfer issues;
advising on cutting edge issues arising from the complex adtech ecosystem;
dealing with GDPR/PECR compliance in the context of corporate acquisitions; and
managing outsourced DSARs
The Team's Clients
Our clients are diverse and exciting and include:
major global tech and digital companies, including large social media clients;
major retailers, consumer brands and media organisations;
major insurers and broker clients (which reflects the firms strength in insurance); and
smaller companies and start-ups across all sectors.
RPC has recently announced a focus on its core areas which are Technology, Retail, Insurance, Regulatory and Commercial Disputes. The Data team is core to Technology, Regulatory and Retail and the broader MIPTOC group sits at the heart of the firm's chosen areas of focus. The group is therefore at the core of the firm's strategy
We are looking to continue to grow the busy Data team as part of our focus on data and technology. This focus aims to ensure all our people are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be experts in this field (and includes a comprehensive tech learning programme) and to grow out our practice in this important area in what is a strategic priority for the firm. RPC is uniquely placed to do this given our already significant client base and market-leading work. As such, this is an exciting time to join the team and the firm to build on increasing market recognition of our technology practice.
We are therefore looking for people who can help us to proactively drive the business forward. There is plenty of room for growth at all levels and the successful applicant can be reassured that the firm will be an enthusiastic supporter of their development and keen to help them progress through their career.
Candidates must have strong academics and be fluent in English
Recruiting the best – our culture
The workplace culture we value
We trust each other to want to thrive; to care about and do the right thing for the firm and its clients; and be committed to our individual and colleagues' development and learning.
As adults, we are capable of being responsible for our actions; behaviours; decisions; and impact on others.
It is our personal responsibility to get timely and useful feedback and to use development pointers to guide performance improvement supported by others – including the People & Talent Development Team and Line Manager – through regular, quality conversations.
We share ownership and accountability for performance: managers and peers are accountable to each other.
Collegiality; approachability; inclusiveness and co-operation are key.
We balance autonomy, support and challenge to grow.
We are efficient and adopt a pragmatic, solution-focused approach.
In practice this means:
At RPC we:
Want to do great work, "wherever", "however".
Go the extra mile for clients and colleagues (in terms of output). Contribute positively to life at RPC, with particular reference to finance, social life, behaviour, functional expertise and development.
Nurture adult to adult relationships based on shared accountability.
Care about our colleagues and the firm – and want everyone to succeed. And our managers
Care about their people, treating everyone with dignity and respect.
Work to create an inclusive environment in which people can thrive and develop (which sometimes means getting out of the way).
Make regular time for quality conversations that build stronger connections.
Hone their judgement skills and flex their personal style when working with others
Investing in you – our current benefits package
In addition to offering a competitive salary, the firm currently offers the benefits listed below. Of course, these may change from time-to-time. We will provide an interactive document for the successful candidate in our offer
25 days of annual leave with the option to apply annually to flex by either buying or selling some of your entitlement (pro-rated for part-time employees).
Interest-free season ticket loan (following completion of probationary period).
Group personal pension (via salary sacrifice).
My Family Care.
Private medical insurance (personal).
Confidential employee assistance programme.
A range of sports and clubs.
Subsidised restaurant and coffee bar.
Enhanced family leave.
Access to a range of special firm discounts.
Bike racks, lockers and shower rooms.
Tax Free Childcare.
Giving via payroll for tax-free donations to charity.
A sample of internal/external networks we support
Working Parents & Careers Network.
Diversity Role Models.
Good Recruitment Charter, REC.
Our recruitment process
At RPC we take recruitment seriously. We have designed our procedures to be simple, transparent and easy to engage with, so that ultimately we can all make the right decision.
We are committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you have any questions, or any adjustments to be made to the application process or interview process, please let us know or your representative.
If you are invited to attend an interview, you will usually meet two partners or managers from the relevant practice area/department. You may also meet a member of the People & Talent Development team at this stage. Only in this way can we and you judge whether there is a meeting of minds. If so we may proceed to a second interview and, in some cases, suggest that you meet your potential colleagues. After all, changing jobs is a big decision and we want you to be sure.
An important part of our recruitment process for lawyers includes the use of a psychometric test. Psychometric tests are timed exercises that look at your ability and potential. It adds to our understanding, but is not the sole basis of a decision as to whether you would be successful or not. The main assessment tool we use currently is a critical thinking test. We will always let you know in advance what to expect from the process, and we will provide you with feedback at every stage whether you are successful or not.
If we make you an offer and you accept, we will provide a supportive service via our People & Talent Development team who will be on hand to discuss any matters which may arise, be it a convenient start date or transferring a pension scheme.
On joining, as well as introducing you to your new colleagues, you will attend a comprehensive induction course which deals with many of the questions which will arise during your first few weeks. Induction also includes IT training so everyone is familiar with our software systems.