"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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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  UKSC 20); he was the advocate on the first successful claim in relation to a defamatory online review (Bussey v Page  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.
- Will has a wide range of experience acting for automotive (including motorsports) clients. He acted for some years for a Formula 1 team in connection with a range of disputes involving data and information rights among other matters, he went on to be instructed by the team principal in relation to a personal dispute. He also was lead adviser on all contentious and non-contentious data matters to the UK subsidiary of a Japanese motorcycle manufacturer in the period before and after the coming into force of the GDPR.
- ICO Guidance Overview: Lawfully Monitoring Workers
- ICO welcomes views on its draft Data Protection Fining Guidance
- EU-US Data Privacy Framework challenge rejected by EU General Court
- Clearview AI Wins Appeal against the ICO
- UK-US Data Bridge approved as an extension of the Data Privacy Framework
- Think like a hacker: Seminar in conjunction with Centrality
- In-House Lawyers Programme: Data Protection Law Update Webinar
- In-House Lawyers Programme: Oxford Case Law Session
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Spring 2023
- Annual Employment Seminar – Milton Keynes
- Back to the Future – UK Government publishes new Data Protection and Digital Information Bill
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Winter 2022/23
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Autumn 2022
- Cyber Security Webinar
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Summer 2022
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Spring 2022
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Winter 2021
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Autumn 2021
- Facial Recognition – What Does the Future Hold?
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Summer 2021
- Specialist Cyber Security Panel Discussion on Cyber Resilience for Now and Tomorrow
- Meeting the Challenges: Business Disputes in Recessionary Times
- Specialist Panel Discussion on Cyber Resilience for Now and Tomorrow
- Preparing to Return to Business as (Un)usual – Road Maps to the Restart – 4 June 2020
- How to Manage the Impact on your Business in a COVID-19 World
- Live Webinar: Guiding your business into a post Covid-19 world
- The Future of the In-House Lawyer – Oxford In-House Lawyer Forum – 5th March
- 5 reasons why your business may not need to be as worried about GDPR as you thought!
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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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