Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Privacy & Data Protection Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Recognised for advising major national and multinational organisations on Canadian regulatory compliance, the development and implementation of data management programmes and cyber risk strategies. Also assists with data breaches including defence in class actions and privacy issues ancillary to mergers. Advises clients from a broad range of sectors, frequently from heavily regulated industries such as healthcare, foods, financial services and energy.

Strengths"The combination of their experience and team depth is a powerful value proposition for clients," enthused one interviewee, who added: "Their ability to offer guidance through litigation is a key strength."

Another source said: "Blakes has been a tremendous partner focused on ensuring that my organisation receives the best advice at reasonable prices."

Work highlights Represented Knowledge First Financial in a class action brought against it regarding an allegation that staff at an Ontario hospital had unlawfully accessed personal information of its patients and sold it.

Notable practitioners

The "incredibly knowledgeable" Imran Ahmad garners praise for his client service, with one source commenting: "His best strength is that he prioritises the client’s need to get back up and running in the event of a cyber-related incident." Ahmad specialises in cybersecurity, privacy compliance and data governance assisting with risk assessments, due diligence and data breach response.

Wendy Mee is "fantastic to work with," according to a client, who explained: "She takes time to learn the culture of the organisation and gives an answer that really works for the business objectives." Mee advises on privacy relating to big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing and frequently assists with global privacy compliance projects.