“Tim Hickman’s knowledge of data protection law is second to none. He is also personable and easy to work with. ... Clients appreciate the examples he provides, making the advice more tangible.” (Legal 500, UK Data Protection, 2020)
“Tim Hickman is known to sources as a walking encyclopaedia of the GDPR who brings unique perspective to the legislation and knows how to apply it.” (Chambers, UK Data Protection, 2019)
Tim is dual-qualified in England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland, and advises on all aspects of UK and EU privacy and data protection law. Tim has a detailed knowledge of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and co-authored White & Case's GDPR Handbook (whitecase.com/eu-gdpr-handbook) which provides in-depth guidance on the impact of that legislation, and the GDPR National Implementation Guide (whitecase.com/gdpr-national-guide) which analyses national GDPR implementing laws in all 31 EEA jurisdictions. Tim is also a Contributing Editor of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection (iclg.com/practice-areas/data-protection-laws-and-regulations).
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. He has spent time on secondment at Google, advising on cutting-edge privacy and data protection issues. He has also spoken at several events at Harvard Law School, and he delivered the closing address at the Harvard European Law Conference 2019.
Advised Facebook on pre-litigation and litigation matters involving privacy and data protection in the UK and the EU.
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 Boeing on various UK and EU data protection maters.
Advised Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch) on the negotiation of data protection clauses in a range of commercial agreements.
Advised fashion brands Oasis and Warehouse on GDPR compliance strategies and approaches to electronic direct marketing.
Advised MSI on global data protection issues.
Advised AGCO on EU data protection and electronic direct marketing compliance strategies.
Advised Centerbridge Partners on privacy and data protection matters.
Advised several clients on the successful implementation of Binding Corporate Rules for international data transfers.
Advised LINE Corporation on international data protection issues, including in the context of online instant messaging.
Represented several clients in compliance investigations by the Information Commissioner's Office.
Conference on European Railways – GDPR Overview, Prague, June 2017
Association of Executive Search Consultants – European Conference, November 10, 2016: Zurich
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
2022 Legal500, Next Generation Partner, Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity
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)