PwC grows data privacy legal team with appointment of Kate Macmillan

Published at 10:25 AM on 06 February 2017

PwC has hired Kate Macmillan as a director in its rapidly expanding Cyber Security and Data Privacy legal team in London.

Kate joins from Collyer Bristow with 20 years’ experience in data protection and privacy litigation, specialising in reputation management. She advises clients on the legal implications and risks associated with data breaches and the steps to take to help protect a company’s reputation. This contentious legal area is a key focus for the Cyber Security and Data Privacy practice at PwC, which Kate will lead on developing further.

This appointment comes at an important time as companies prepare to comply with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its breach disclosure requirements which will come into force from May 2018. PwC’s recent Global CEO Survey shows that CEOs around the world recognise the importance of getting their approach to data protection right, with 91% of global CEOs believing that breaches of data privacy and ethics will have a negative impact on stakeholder trust in the next five years, but many still have a way to go to achieve compliance within the timeframe.

Kate Macmillan, director at PwC, said:

“I am excited to be joining PwC at a time when organisations are increasingly looking for support in meeting the demands of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The data protection legal team at PwC is widely recognised as a market leader and I look forward to continuing to grow that success with the introduction of a new area of expertise.”

Stewart Room, global head of cyber security and data protection legal services at PwC, said:

“We anticipate a significant increase in regulatory enforcement proceedings and litigation once the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Cyber Security Directive come into force next year. PwC is investing heavily in our litigation and contentious capability in Cyber Security and Data Privacy in order to meet client demands. As one of the leading litigators in the data field, we are delighted Kate is joining us to build out this core area.”

Kate’s appointment follows the recent recruitment of another senior hire, James Drury-Smith, as a director in July 2016 to lead the Cyber Security and Data Privacy practice’s capability in the financial services sector.

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