Bird & Bird retains top ranking in the 2020 Who's Who Legal's analysis of Data

Bird & Bird has retained the top ranking in Who's Who Legal's annual analysis of Data recognising the leading lawyers in the areas of data privacy and protection, data security, information technology and telecoms and media.

The 2020 edition lists over 1200 prominent practitioners who are identified for their work in Data. The annual analysis of the leading lawyers focusing on Information Technology, Telecoms, Privacy, and Data Security resulted in 28 of our lawyers being named as leaders in the field and Bird & Bird having more individuals listed in the categories of Telecoms & Media and information Technology than any other firm.

Our cross-border strength was highlighted with lawyers from our offices in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, UK and the USA recommended in the latest guide.

Stand-out names included from our London office Graham Smith a "leading lawyer with extensive know-how in the data field" and Graeme Maguire who is “sought after for his extensive experience in technology and telecoms”. In Germany the firm’s strong team was recognised including the “excellent” Sven-Erik Heun who stands out as a "top-tier telecoms specialist renowned for his profound understanding of regulatory matters."

In The Netherlands, Marjolein Geus "excels in the data market by applying over three decades of experience in the field" and Paul Waszink is noted for being “frequently involved in high-profile and important matters in the telecoms and media sectors”. Belgium practice head Benoit Van Asbroeck "emphasises complex IT matters in his data-focused practice."

Hamish Fraser from our Sydney office was recognised for his enviable understanding of complex IT matters, ranging from contractual expertise to IT and telecoms regulatory issues.


Jim FitzSimons (Information Technology)

Hamish Fraser (Information Technology)

Shane Barber (Telecommunications & Media)


Benoit Van Asbroeck (Information Technology/ Telecommunications & Media)


Nicolai Dragsted (Information Technology)

Martin von Haller (Data Security)

Lau Normann Jorgensen (Information Technology)


Tobias Bräutigam (Data Privacy & Protection)

Sakari Halonen (Information Technology)

Pekka Takki (Information Technology/ Telecommunications & Media)


Ariane Mole (Information Technology/ Data Privacy & Protection)


Alexander Duisberg (Information Technology)/ Data Privacy & Protection)

Fabian Niemann (Information Technology/ Data Privacy & Protection)

Jörg-Alexander Paul (Information Technology)

Henriette Picot (Information Technology/ Data Privacy & Protection)

Sven-Erik Heun (Telecommunications & Media)

Valerian Jenny (Telecommunications & Media)

Hong Kong

Michelle Chan (Telecommunications & Media)


Marjolein Geus (Telecommunications & Media)

Paul Waszink (Telecommunications & Media)


Tomasz Zalewski (Information Technology)

United Kingdom

Roger Bickerstaff (Information Technology)

Graeme Maguire (Telecommunications & Media)

James Mullock (Information Technology/ Data Privacy & Protection/ Data Security)

Graham Smith (Information Technology/ Telecommunications & Media)

Ruth Boardman (Information Technology/ Data Privacy & Protection)

Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol (Information Technology/ Telecommunications & Media)

United States of America

Kai Westerwelle (Information Technology/ Data Privacy & Protection/ Data Security)

Full overview of the analysis can be found here.

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