Orrick Launches Cyber & Data Privacy Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement Practice in London With Top Team From PwC


Orrick today announced that Keily Blair and James Lloyd have joined the firm’s London office as partners to launch a practice helping companies address cyber and privacy litigation and regulatory enforcement exposure in the UK and EU. The addition complements Orrick’s Chambers Band 1-ranked Cyber & Privacy team in the United States – which over the past 15 years has defended many of the most important regulatory enforcement and private litigation matters in the space – and the firm’s well-established Cyber & Privacy advisory practice in the UK and EU with a view to creating a global “destination practice” for Cyber & Privacy Litigation & Enforcement.

Having pioneered the U.S. cyber and privacy litigation and regulatory enforcement practice, today we see a pressing need to help our clients defend against global risk in this space,” said Doug Meal, who heads Orrick’s Cyber & Privacy Litigation & Enforcement practice. “The UK and EU markets are on the cusp of enormous demand for this kind of support given the dramatic changes in the regulatory enforcement and private litigation landscape. With the addition of Keily and James, who are among the only litigators in Europe focused exclusively on contentious cyber and privacy matters, Orrick will be on the forefront of this fast-evolving field.”

Keily and James join Orrick from PricewaterhouseCoopers UK, where Keily served as Leader of Contentious Data Protection Strategy. Before joining PwC, Keily began her practice at Allen & Overy and then teamed up with James at Morrison & Foerster. They draw on deep experience leading high-profile regulatory investigations and disputes in the white collar and financial service regulatory sphere involving regulators and agencies, including the UK FCA, SFO and ICO, and the U.S. DOJ, FBI, FTC and SEC. They have also advised clients in relation to appearances before Parliamentary Select Committees. During their time at PwC, they have focused these skills exclusively on cyber and privacy litigation and regulatory enforcement, developing a unique practice. They have not only defended ICO cyber investigations but also have been retained by the agency to conduct such investigations.  

“Cyber and privacy compliance and contentious litigation risk are top of mind for every one of our clients,” said Orrick Chairman Mitch Zuklie. “Building out this capability globally is a top strategic priority for us as we focus on helping our clients innovate. Keily and James will bring unsurpassed talent, energy and innovation to this effort.”

Keily noted: “It has been an honor to work with our colleagues at PwC and to benefit from working closely with non-lawyers on cyber and data privacy litigation and regulatory enforcement. Now, we’re looking forward to this extraordinary opportunity to take our practice to the next level – at a tipping-point moment in the UK and EU – as part of an Orrick team known globally for expertise in contentious cyber and privacy matters and innovative service delivery in handling such matters.” 

“Keily and James are a perfect fit for our London team,” added Simon Willis, head of Orrick’s London office. “We are leaders in advising innovative companies with cross-border challenges, particularly in the tech industry, and contentious cyber and privacy matters are likely to be chief among those challenges in the very near future.”

During their time with PwC, Keily and James were recognized by the Financial Times for innovation in cybersecurity and privacy. Keily has served for the past two years on the United Nations Financial Actions Task Force and has been recognized as an Inspirational Woman in Law by the First 100 Years Project.

Orrick’s team was recognized by Chambers USA as Cyber & Privacy Group of the Year for 2019. The practice includes four of the advisors recognized among Cybersecurity Docket’s Incident Response 30, double the runner-up firm. The team has handled precedent-setting data breach and privacy cases for TJX, Heartland Payments, Target, Sony, Hilton, Arby’s, Nordstrom, SuperValu, Wyndham and LabMD, among many others.

Keily and James are the latest partner additions to our London team. Over the past 18 months, the firm has added tech-focused partners Ed Lukins from Cooley, James Connor from Simpson Thacher and Daniel Wayte from Milbank, as well as Anthony Kay and Richard Hanson, rising stars in finance, from Latham & Watkins and Ropes & Gray respectively, Jonathan Rosen to our tax practice from Akin Gump, and Hannah Roscoe in Energy & Infrastructure from Herbert Smith.