DWF appoints Stewart Room as head of data protection and cyber security

Stewart Room

Stewart Room

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.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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