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Kate Brimsted

Kate Brimsted



  • College of Law, Guildford
  • Bristol University, Diploma in Law, Intellectual Property Law and Practice
  • Birmingham University, (Hons), Mechanical Engineering

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • England and Wales

Court Admissions

  • Higher Rights - England and Wales

Kate is a partner in the Information Technology, Privacy & Data Security team and a member of the IP, Information & Innovation Group. She has more than 15 years’ experience in commercial and contentious data privacy acquired at a major global law firm, where she led the global information governance practice.

Kate enjoys grappling with the subtleties of data privacy and security, whilst avoiding making a complex area of regulation more complicated than it has to be. Her aim is swiftly to identify the core issues of a matter and to work collaboratively with clients to implement clear, practical solutions.

She focuses on data protection strategy and compliance, cross-border transfers of personal data including the use of binding corporate rules, IT and administrative/organizational security and the collection and processing of electronic personal data in relation to EU/US cross-border litigation and investigative disclosure projects. Kate also has many years’ experience of advising clients facing contentious and particularly sensitive subject access requests and devised and presented some of the earliest specialist training on this in the UK (in conjunction with a leading training and conference provider).

Kate is familiar with advising on large, complex and multi-jurisdictional IT implementation projects where personal data is central. She has also conducted a range of data privacy compliance reviews, privacy impact assessments, major IT system refreshes, especially involving cloud computing (both bespoke and multi-tenant). Other client engagements have included behavioural advertising, lawful monitoring of employees and human resources and facilities management transactions.

Kate’s clients are drawn from a wide variety of sectors, including technology and telecommunications, energy and natural resources and financial services.

Kate has been recognized by law firm directories for Data Protection for a number of years. In 2014 Chambers UK singled her out for providing “really comprehensive, crisp, high-quality legal advice.” Clients praise the “tons of expertise and great offhand knowledge of what needs to be done” she possesses, and consider her “extremely approachable, pragmatic and solution-driven.” Kate is also recognized in Legal 500 for Data Protection and in Super Lawyers UK for Computer and IT Law.

Employment History

  • 2013 - Reed Smith
  • 1995 - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Professional Affiliations

  • Editorial Board, Privacy & Data Protection Journal
  • Society for Computers & Law
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals