Tim Hickman | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Tim Hickman

Partner, London

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“Tim Hickman is … a walking encyclopaedia of the GDPR who brings unique perspective to the legislation and knows how to apply it.” (Chambers UK 2019) “Tim Hickman is responsive, clear and thorough … He is well versed in domestic and cross-border data law.” (Chambers UK 2018)


Tim advises on all aspects of UK and EU privacy and data protection law, from general compliance issues (such as implementing privacy policies and consent forms) to more specialized issues (such as managing data breaches, structuring cross-border data transfers, and complying with the 'right to be forgotten'). Tim has a detailed knowledge of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and co-authored White & Case's Handbook on that legislation (whitecase.com/eu-gdpr-handbook).

Clients appreciate Tim's ability to find pragmatic and commercial solutions to complex (and frequently multi-jurisdictional) data protection compliance questions.

Tim has significant experience of working with a wide range of clients in the EU, Asia and the US. In 2018 he gave a seminar at Harvard Law School on the impact of the GDPR on US businesses. He has also spent time on secondment at Google, advising on cutting-edge privacy and data protection issues.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • Republic of Ireland


  • LPC, Nottingham Law School
  • LLB, University of Nottingham


  • English


Advised Facebook on international litigation matters, including matters implicating international data protection, privacy, and hosting provider liability.

Two secondments to Google, advising on privacy and data protection matters.

Advised Nestlé on data protection compliance matters globally, including in relation to the GDPR.

Advised a major China-based Financial Institution on the applicable compliance obligations arising under EU data protection law, including international data transfers from its operations in the EU to its headquarters in China.

Advised numerous clients on the likely impact of the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation (including the new fines of up to the greater of €20 million, or 4% of worldwide turnover).

Advised an online tax and accounting software maker on data protection compliance issues, including data localization requirements, cloud-based data hosting and data analytics.

Advised a major US corporation in connection with an investigation by multiple EU Data Protection Authorities into the collection and further processing of personal data.

Provided data protection guidance and advice to a leading manufacturer of 'internet of things' devices, regarding the lawful processing of personal data, and the risks associated with profiling and monitoring individuals.

Advised a global financial institution on how to navigate the requirements of EU data protection law, in the context of demands for disclosure of data by US financial regulators.

Represented a large UK company in an investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office.

Advised a US electronics manufacturer on the compliance requirements arising in relation to employee monitoring, network scanning, and the use of CCTV, in a range of European jurisdictions.

Negotiated a biometric visa services agreement on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Speaking Engagements

Conference on European Railways – GDPR Overview, Prague, June 2017

Association of Executive Search Consultants – European Conference, November 10, 2016:

The Law Society – Data Protection Seminar, September 28, 2016

British Chamber of Commerce – Safe Harbor and the General Data Protection Regulation, March 9, 2016

PDP Annual Data Protection Compliance Conference, 2013 and 2014


Awards & Recognition

2018 Global Data Review 40 Under 40

2017 Law360 Rising Star, Cybersecurity & Privacy

Member of the Law Society GDPR Working Group

Member of the City of London Law Society Data Law Committee

Winner, Lincoln's Inn Inter-Varsity Moot (2005) (judged by Lord Walker)