Paula Williamson

Partner
Head of Information Law

Paula has specialised in Information Law since 1998 and is the head of Stone King’s Information Law team.

She provides practical advice, solutions and bespoke training to clients from the business, education and charity sectors on compliance with their data protection, freedom of information and privacy obligations.

Paula writes the content for an online employee data protection training platform Tenjin.

An examiner in information law, Paula sets and marks examinations in both data protection and freedom of information law for the British Computing Society/ISEB; these qualifications are regarded as industry standard for information law practitioners in every sector.

She is the founder of Data Protection Professionals in Education (DPPE).

Professional Experience

Paula provides advice or support across the full spectrum of information law issues such as dealing with statutory requests for information, drafting Data Sharing Agreements, drafting Privacy Notices and consent mechanisms, data breach management (including complex cyber breaches), marketing and websites, biometrics, data protection drafting in the context of mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing to a processor. She has deployed many data protection audits and developed the Data Protection Health Check on behalf of ISBA.

With her early career as a regulatory public prosecutor, Paula can draw upon this valuable experience when representing clients facing intervention or enforcement action following a personal data breach.

Academic Experience
  • Certificate in Data Protection (ISEB, British Computer Society)
  • Certificate in Freedom of Information (ISEB, British Computer Society)
  • The Law Society Finals Examination
  • The Common Professional Examination
  • BSc (Hons) 2.1 Economics and Politics
Interests

Paula is married with a daughter. She is interested in all things music (playing guitar and piano), children and animal welfare.

Accomplishments

Paula is invited to speak regularly at conferences on information law including the regular “Data Protection Update” run by the leading information law training provider, Amberhawk, the ISBA and Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE).

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