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Will Richmond-Coggan


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"Will Richmond-Coggan is excellent on data law issues. Very knowledgable."
(Legal 500 2024)

Will was called to the Bar in 2000 and since 2004 has been dual-qualified as a solicitor-advocate, undertaking a wide range of high value and complex litigation, often with an international element. He has litigated up to Supreme Court level and is regularly instructed in large scale group litigation arising from data breaches and cyber incidents.

Other specialisms include technology disputes, media and reputation cases, and advisory work for established and emerging companies grappling with data- or privacy-intensive technologies (federated social, metaverse, AI, VR, facial recognition).

He was recently elected Chair of the national Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates for an unprecedented second non-consecutive term.

Will is listed as a Recommended Lawyer and Next Generation Partner for Commercial Litigation in The Legal 500 (2024 edition).

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Dispute Resolution

Recent Work

Will was lead partner on a breach of restrictive covenant dispute which included an issue referred to the Supreme Court in 2018 (One Step v Morris-Garner [2018] UKSC 20); he was the advocate on the first successful claim in relation to a defamatory online review (Bussey v Page [2015] EWHC 563)


Will has advised a range of local, national and international clients about the implications for their business of the GDPR changes to data protection law. These have ranged from technology manufacturers concerned about the international sale of devices that process personal data; financial sector businesses looking to ensure that they achieved full GDPR compliance within an already heavily regulated compliance landscape; and businesses involved in cross-border data privacy disputes. He is a leading expert on the new legislation and is invited to speak regularly to audiences of senior executives and professionals on a wide range of topics related to data privacy.





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To contact Will or for more information…

Call: 0186 578 1004
Mobile: 0797 138 0744
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Committee member of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA), Barrister


“…first-rate litigator.”

(Legal 500 2020, Debt Recovery)

“Excellent adviser’ William Richmond-Coggan… is a key name for more general dispute resolution cases.”

(Legal 500 2019, Debt Recovery)

“Excellent adviser’ William Richmond-Coggan… is a key name for more general dispute resolution cases”

(Legal 500 2019, Debt Recovery)

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