The GDR 100 2022 is Global Data Review's annual list which profiles the world’s best data law firms.  It is the only global ranking that captures the capabilities, track record and market reputation of the leading firms – and the first data law ranking that does not exclusively focus on data protection and privacy.

Among a number of highlights, Osborne Clarke was ranked globally at number three for non-personal data work.  This includes cybersecurity advice but also, in particular, data-rich deal-making and data monetisation etc. This underpins Osborne Clarke’s position as a standout firm to advise holistically across the full spectrum of data law. 

The GDR 100 2022 says in its Osborne Clarke profile: "Partners advise across contentious and non-contentious areas of the law, and handle compliance, investigations, litigation, transactional advice, the interface between IP and data – and more. Tech is a real focus for the whole firm: a data-rich client base turns to it whenever they face challenges."

It also added: "Osborne Clarke can pride itself on being one of Europe’s best defence-side litigation firms in the data space."

Osborne Clarke's international data practice operates across the UK, EU and from China and Singapore but advises clients on matters in almost every global jurisdiction.  Its offices in Silicon Valley and New York advise US global tech giants, as well as cutting edge start-ups, on EU and UK legal and regulatory regimes.  It has the third largest data-related team of lawyers in the world according to the GDR 100.

The team provides comprehensive capability in both contentious and non-contentious data protection and information law issues, including cybersecurity, data breach response, regulatory investigations, data litigation (including post-data breach group actions), GDPR advisory, IP and bleeding-edge data matters such as the development of competition law to improve data-sharing.

Osborne Clarke partners mentioned in the GDR 100 2022 ranking include Flemming Moos, Ashley Hurst, Charlie Wedin, John Buyers, Tamara Quinn, Mark Taylor, Chia-Ling Koh, Nick Johnson, Emily Jones, Rafael García del Poyo, Olivia Sinfield and Will Robertson.

Flemming Moos, International Co-Head of Data Protection, said: "The GDR 100 has established itself as a thoroughly researched analysis of law firms and their data-related capabilities.  Much of our work is now advising clients on how to safely exploit data, including through the use of AI, data ownership and licensing, and its use in frontier technologies such as autonomous vehicles and the metaverse."

Ashley Hurst, International Head of Tech, Media & Comms and Co-Head of the Cyber and Contentious Data practice said: "The traditional directories continue to focus on non-contentious aspects of data protection while data litigation is of rapidly growing concern for clients.  The GDR 100 names Osborne Clarke as one of three stand-out firms focused on European data litigation which is a great tribute to the team and the excellent work they have been doing on behalf of our clients."

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