Andrea L. Ward

Senior Associate

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  • The University of Law, LPC, Commendation, 2001
  • University of Manchester, LLB, with Honors, 1999
  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Member, Law Society of England & Wales

Member, Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)

Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Andrea advises on all aspects of UK employment law and has extensive knowledge and experience of employment disputes and litigation, for unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract and whistle-blowing claims, as well as breaches of restrictive covenants. Her non-contentious and advisory experience includes the handling of disciplinary and grievance procedures, reorganisations and redundancies, TUPE and employment related corporate support on transactions. She principally advises directors, in-house counsel and human resources professionals of large multinational organizations, based in the United States and across Europe, in the life sciences and healthcare, technology, transportation, automotive and manufacturing industries, but also advises employers and senior executives on contractual issues, from negotiating terms of appointment and bonus payments to handling employment disputes, terminations and settlement agreements.

Andrea is a member of the data privacy and security group and works on UK and E.U. data protection matters for domestic and international clients. Her experience includes advising on data protection laws and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and e-Privacy Directive. Andrea handles subject access requests, reviews and drafts privacy policies, notices and website terms of use, contracts and service agreements. She advises on social media, employee privacy and BYOD, electronic marketing, data sharing, cross-border transfers and compliance hotlines. Andrea has also assisted clients with data security incidents, breach notification and liaison with data protection authorities.

Andrea has advised clients on the challenges associated with social media and IT use in the workplace, including ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD), employee monitoring, data protection and privacy rights. She is also interested in developments in technology which impact on data protection and privacy issues, including geolocation and targeted advertising, and advancements in AI, robotics and connected devices. Andrea regularly presents, and publishes articles, on all data protection topics and is involved in client training and external conferences.

Andrea holds the CIPP/E certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is an active member of IAPP and regularly attends KnowledgeNet meetings and IAPP conferences in Europe and the U.S. Andrea has recently joined Tech London Advocates.

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Andrea L Ward
T: +44 20 7632 1697F: +44 20 7632 163811 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

Reviewing and updating corporate guidelines for UK staff, including employment and data protection terms.

Reviewing and re-drafting services agreements for UK directors of a US financial services company, to ensure compliance with UK employment law requirements, employee expectations and client needs.

Employment related corporate support and due diligence on employment and data protection.

Guidance to a US client on setting up employees and business in the UK and arranging introductions to payroll providers and tax specialists.

Advice to an international financial services company on the breach of restrictive covenants by an employee leaving the business to join a competitor, with confidential information and client contact lists, including advice on potential injunctive proceedings and return of company property.

Advice to the UK HR director of a large Japanese pharmaceutical company on a broad range of employment matters, including reorganizations, maternity and flexible working legislation, policies, contracts, secondment agreements and senior executive terminations on the grounds of capability and poor performance. Providing support and assistance on managing dismissal procedures, preparing correspondence and negotiating severance terms.

Drafting employment contracts, service agreements and compromise agreements for senior employees and directors of a large U.S. – based senior care provider, involving long-term incentive plans, bonus provisions and enhanced restrictive covenants.

Assisting as part of a team of lawyers on a corporate transaction for the share purchase of a UK architectural firm and providing advice on the employment aspects of the deal, including due diligence reports, employment warranties and indemnities and drafting revised contracts of employment.

Advice to a senior executive of a multinational service company, on his redundancy, unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims, for significant unpaid bonuses.

Pro bono advice to a charity providing advocacy services to adults with learning difficulties, on service provision changes and the transfer of its employees’ contracts of employment under TUPE, including consultation, provision of employee liability information and negotiations with the new service provider.

Advising a UK-based professional art expert on the terms of her engagement as an independent contractor providing services to a U.S. art gallery.

Data Protection

Advising a US-based financial services technology company on GDPR readiness, including data mapping and review of company policies, data processing, transfers, consents and contracts, for employee and customer data sets.

Providing in-house training to a multi-national pharmaceutical company on GDPR standards and privacy programme requirements.

Advice on EU and UK data protection laws applicable to the use of DNA technology/genetic/biometric testing in the US.

Review of US privacy statement for job application portal webpage, for EU/UK data protection compliance.

Review of DPIA toolkit for GDPR, including analysis of steps and high risk processing for an international company.

Advising international Counsel as part of a team of U.S. and European lawyers, on a data breach investigation and reporting obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.

Advising a global insurer on data transfers for customer and employee data, Safe Harbor and Model Contracts, including preparation of contracts and assistance with a review of cloud service contracts undertaken by U.S. colleagues.

Advice to a U.S.-based technology company on electronic signatures for employee consent and contracting with a third party data processor.

Reviewing a mobile device usage policy for employees of an international food producer and amending provisions to reflect UK data protection and employee privacy requirements.

Assisting as part of a team of lawyers on a multinational transaction involving a large automobile manufacturer and advising on cross-border transfers of employee and customer personal data, TUPE and representations and warranties.

Advising U.S. counsel and clients on employment and data protection requirements related to recruitment and background check services in the UK, including advice on notifications to the UK data protection authority, collecting and transferring data outside the EEA, data subject access requests and drafting appropriate consent forms.

Advising a global corporation on UK data protection law and related legislation applicable to the collection, storage and access to personal data of politically exposed persons and other individuals, held within a subscription database.

Advising a large paper products company on UK aspects of data protection, as part of a team of European lawyers, including reviewing and advising on policies such as IT security, acceptable use, compliance and whistle-blowing helplines and data protection notification requirements.

Advising a new UK company (subsidiary of a U.S. company) on data protection in the UK. This advice included completing the UK company’s notification with the ICO (UK data protection authority), reviewing the company’s website privacy policy and terms of use, for UK and EU compliance, and drafting data transfer agreements for data to be transferred from the UK to the United States.

Advising a large pharmaceutical company on UK data protection issues for draft privacy notices and amendments to contracts of employment, including advice on notices to job applicants, employee consultation, consents and the use of employee personal data for the prevention and detection of fraud.

Co-author, "UK And US Perspectives On The Right To Disconnect," Real Business, June 9, 2017
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Spring 2017
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Summer 2016
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Winter 2016
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Autumn 2015
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Winter 2014-15
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Summer 2014
Co-author, "The risks of implementing 'Bring Your Own Device' in the work place," Compliance & Risk, Volume 3, Issue 2 (2014)
Author, "Preparing for the worst Part 2: accessing the data you need, when you need it," Compliance & Risk, Volume 2, Issue 6 (2013)
Author, "Anti-social media," HR Director, July 2013
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Summer 2013
Author, "SEC Social Media Guidance for the UK," Global Banking & Finance Review, June 27, 2013
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Spring 2013
Contributor, European Business Law Update, Autumn 2012
Author, "Social media doesn't equal liability free," Accountancy Age, November 9, 2012
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Autumn 2012
Author, "Social media: time to take control?," Economia, October 23, 2012
Co-author, "Bring your own device: Bringing solutions or problems?," The Privacy Advisor, October 1, 2012
Author, "Online bullying and harassment – employers beware," HR Magazine, September 12, 2012
Co-author, "Restrictive covenants in the U.S. or UK: What's the difference?," Thomson Reuters, August 23, 2012
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Summer 2012
Author, "Sent Using 'MY' iPad," New Law Journal, April 2012
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Spring 2012
Contributor, Call for Evidence on EU Data Protection Proposals, Response from the Employment Lawyers Association, March 6, 2012
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Autumn 2011
Co-author, "Preventing Bribery," Managing Partner, July/August 2011
Contributor, Employment Law Briefing, Summer 2011
Contributor, "ICO Consultation on draft Data Sharing Code of Practice," Response from the Employment Lawyers Association, January 5, 2011
Contributor, "Call for Evidence on the Current Data Protection Legislative Framework," Response from the Employment Lawyers Association, October 5, 2010
Co-author, "How Safe is Your Data?," Complinet, August 13, 2010
Author, "Can You Use TUPE to Drop Final Salary Pension Schemes?," People Management Magazine, July 30, 2010
Author, "Data Protection Update," Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 38, No. 10, 2010
Co-author, "A Highlight on How to Carry Out a Reorganization and Redundancies in the UK, the US, France and Germany," Employment and Industrial Relations Law Newsletter of the IBA, Vol. 19, No. 2, September 2009
Author, "Contractual Benefits During Maternity Leave," Employer’s Briefing, Issue 393, July 3, 2009
Author, "Maternity Leave and Alternative Payments," City AM, April 15, 2009
Contributor, "Consultation on New BSI draft Standard on Personal Information," Response from the Employment Lawyers Association, April 1, 2009
Author, "Data Protection (Privacy) Laws in the UK," Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Vol. 37, No. 7, 2009
Speaker, "HR & GDPR Overview," GDPR Summit London, October 9, 2017
Moderator, Phish and Chips; Protecting You and Your Business From Cybercrime, McGuireWoods LLP and Barclays, May 17, 2017
Speaker, European Data Protection and Security Conference, McGuireWoods Complimentary Seminar, November 3, 2015
Co-presenter, Data Privacy and Security Program, Client Seminar, Health Care Industry, October 3, 2013
Co-presenter, 2013 International Data Privacy and Security Conference, Client Seminar, Electronics Industry, August 12, 2013
Co-presenter, "Social Media and Developments in BYOD & Investigations, Litigation and Privilege," and "DPA Findings in the UK, France, Belgium, US, Saudi Arabia and India & Likely Impact of New EU Data Protection Regulation," Second Annual London Data Privacy and Security Conference, May 15, 2013
Speaker, "Data Protection Liabilities for Indian Businesses in the U.S., UK and India," A Passage to India (and Back), December 5, 2012
Speaker, "EU Data Protection Update," Presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel, June 19, 2012
Presenter, "New challenges for Employers — BYOD, Employee Rights and Legislative Changes," Mind the Gap: Navigating Data Privacy and Security Policies, May 24, 2012
Speaker, "Employee Monitoring vs. Communications’ Innovation: Managing the Risks and Staying on the Right Side of the Law," e-Discovery & e-Investigations Forum, November 10, 2011
Speaker, "Introduction to Employment Law – The Employment Contract, General Principles," Employment Lawyers’ Association (ELA), 4 November 2010
Speaker, "IT Use and Abuse," Webinar with the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe, November 2010