About Me

I am based in London and co-head Bird & Bird's International Privacy and Data Protection Group. I enjoy providing practical advice and solutions to complex legal issues.

I have extensive experience advising a broad range of organisations on data privacy matters. I advise on the data protection aspects of new products or services and on commercial arrangements involving personal data. I also help when there has been a personal data breach. I advise clients on their dealings with data protection authorities and with those involved in passing new data protection legislation.

I work with clients in many sectors - including online providers, ad-tech, ed-tech and all companies providing services likely to be accessed by children, new technology and electronics, life sciences, financial services including payments, creative industries (such as music and film), automotive and sports.

I have co-written Data Protection Strategy (Sweet & Maxwell), which has been re-published to take account of the GDPR and UK legislation. I recently served on the Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and have been a member of the UK Government's Expert Council on data transfers. I also assisted the Global Alliance on Responsible Genome and Clinical Data Sharing, where I served as a member of its Regulatory and Legal Group.


  • University of Oxford, English Language & Literature
  • College of Law, Chester, Common Professional Exam and Law Society Finals


  • Law Society of England & Wales in 1995
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Ruth Boardman is 'outstanding: she's a real thought leader in the field, has natural expertise and is well connected in the data protection world'.

Chambers UK 2018

Ruth Boardman, who 'has her finger on the pulse and exceptional insight into the industry and its workings'.

Legal 500 2017

Ruth Boardman is 'the best data protection lawyer in London', according to an impressed source.

Chambers UK 2018

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