Privacy & Data Protection Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for

Strong regulatory practice recognised for its knowledge of freedom of information matters and privacy compliance. Frequently acts for insurance companies and public sector clients. Operates a highly regarded cybersecurity practice with notable expertise in incident response. Experienced acting on privacy breach class action proceedings before all levels of court.


One commentator described the team's service as "diligent and precise," adding: "They have met all our demands with a very high level of quality."

Other interviewees describe the team's "combination of legal expertise and technical and business knowledge" as "extremely valuable."

Work highlights

Acted for the Family and Children's Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville in a class action proceeding which alleges unauthorised third-party access to personal client information.

Defended Laurentian University in a proposed class action concerning the allegation that a student remotely accessed the login details of students, staff and faculty members. The plaintiffs are seeking CAD45 million in damages.

Notable practitioners

Alex Cameron is recognised by peers as "one of the most prominent privacy breach lawyers" in the field. His practice encompasses a wide range of issues across cybersecurity and data governance. He has considerable aptitude for incident response planning, conducting risk assessments and class action litigation.

John Beardwood is a seasoned practitioner for privacy issues pertaining to transactions in the technology sector. Interviewees praise his "collaborative approach" and emphasise his commercialism, saying: "He seeks to fully understand the business context of the advice being furnished."