DWF, the global legal business, has appointed Stewart Room as partner and global head of data protection and cyber security. Room joins DWF from PwC where, for the last five years, he was a partner and global head of cyber security and data protection legal services. He qualified as a barrister in 1991 and as a solicitor in 2001.
Following a successful period in private practice at the London Bar, Room joined Rowe Cohen Solicitors in 2001 to build its data protection business. After that, he went to work for Field Fisher Waterhouse in 2007, helping to establish its data protection practice. He subsequently joined PwC in 2014 to set up the company’s data protection business.
Room is a co-founder of the Cyber Security Challenge UK and president of the National Association of Data Protection Officers.
At DWF, Room will lead and grow the data protection and cyber security business globally. He will advise clients in the field of data protection and information management, including on the commercial use of data, the security of data and systems, regulatory investigations and litigation arising from the misuse of data.
Commenting on Room’s appointment, Andrew Leaitherland (CEO at the DWF Group plc) said: “Stewart’s experience and wealth of knowledge from advising on some of the most complex data protection issues over the years is invaluable. He will help to lead and grow our data protection and cyber security practice globally, and I’m in no doubt that Stewart will help propel this practice into the top gear in the coming years.”
Room himself commented: “I’m delighted to have joined DWF at what is one of the most exciting phases of its journey. Privacy, data protection and cyber security issues have established themselves as mission-critical concerns for business and utmost priorities for the public, yet there’s still much fear and misunderstanding as to how businesses should deal with the challenges they’re facing, including how to maintain the confidence of customers, business partners and workforces alike. I’m looking forward to helping businesses facing these issues to plan and manage their approaches with the help and support of my new colleagues.”