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Partner & Global Head of Cyber Security and Data Protection, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

Stewart has over 23 years’ experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, focusing for the majority of this time on technology and communications. He specialises in the field of data protection and information management, including the commercial exploitation of data, the security of data, regulatory investigations and litigation arising from the misuse of data. Stewart is rated as one of the UK’s leading data protection lawyers by legal directory Chambers UK, who says he “is the kind of lawyer who inspires confidence” and “he is an excellent, first-rate, tactical lawyer.”
He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer and Communications Law and he is a past winner of the Financial Times ‘Legal Innovator of the Year Award’ and the Lawyer Monthly ‘Data Protection Lawyer of the Year Award’. He is also one of the founding directors of Cyber Security Challenge UK (which forms part of the UK National Strategy for Cyber Security) and the President of the National Association of Data Protection Officers.  He is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Education Advisory Board, a trainer on the IAPP CIPP/E course and a co-author of the IAPP CIPP/E textbook.  He has written three leading textbooks on information law including ‘Butterworths Data Security Law and Practice’. 
Stewart is a partner at PwC Legal LLP, where he is the global lead of the cyber security and data protection practice.  He is also the UK national practice lead for data protection at PwC and co-lead of the PwC Global Data Privacy Centre of Excellence.