David retired from his role as Deputy Data Protection Commissioner in November 2015 and joined A&O as special adviser on data protection on 1 January 2016. David was instrumental in shaping the UK position on the General Data Protection Regulation. He was widely quoted giving the ICO view on regulatory developments – e.g. Safe harbour and the Google decision on the right to be forgotten. He also represented the ICO in the Article 29 Working Party of European Supervisory Authorities set up under the Data Protection Directive. The Article 29 Working Party is a highly influential group of national regulators across Europe who issue opinions on compliance. David was also involved at the highest level of the ICO’s enforcement regime. His wealth of experience and knowledge of data protection policy and enforcement bolsters Allen & Overy’s existing data protection team in London at a time of significant regulatory change and growing client demand for advice and support in this fast moving area. During his time as Deputy Commissioner, David saw first-hand how this area of law has evolved and the impact it can have on businesses and ordinary citizens.