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About Rachael Annear

Rachael is an experienced counsel specialising in laws concerning data, including the GDPR, with a particular interest in the financial services, retail and tech sectors.

Taking advantage of her IP/IT and Information law background Rachael regularly advises clients on data matters and is experienced in assisting international organisations on complex data strategy.  Rachael advises on the full range of data matters particularly in the context of multi-national deals, compliance, data crises, investigations and litigation.  She helps clients on all aspects of GDPR compliance including complex questions concerning data transfers, disclosure to regulators, export and extra-territorial effect and assists clients facing ICO enforcement action. 

Clients value Rachael’s thoughtful and pragmatic approach to complex problems. Rachael regularly presents to clients on data privacy and is particularly knowledgeable on data ethics, Adtech and innovative approaches to transparency. 

Rachael’s career has included time at the Cabinet Office and another London based international law firm. 


Recent work

  • Advising an international Fin Tech company on the future of data regulation, co-ordinating input from global contributors and competition, financial regulatory and EU regulatory experts;
  • Assisting a leading international charity with its global GDPR strategy;  
  • Advising a HCSTC organisation on GDPR issues arising during the structuring of a securitisation;
  • Advising a leading sports data organisation on its proposed data sharing arrangements;
  • Advising an international healthcare and consumer goods company in relation to registration of data processing activities outside the EU;
  • Guiding a range of clients through breach notification following personal data security breaches, counselling them on privacy notices and polices and subject access requests;  




  • Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, UK (legal practice course – with distinction)
  • Cambridge University (MA in natural sciences and law)

Professional qualifications

  • Licensed to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales
  • Irish law qualified