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Privacy/Cyber and FinTech lawyer and nerd, Law firm
Ashley‘s professional bio / interests
Formerly a computer designer, Ashley is a FinTech and privacy partner at a well known law firm. Ashley advises on financial regulatory, encryption and export control, data protection, privacy and cyber security matters with particular emphasis on Blockchain, virtual currencies, e-money, payment systems, and highly regulated platforms. Ashley is a Ponemon Institute Fellow and for many years has been the Chairman of the Data Protection Forum, the largest independent data protection group in the UK. He regularly speaks at industry and academic conferences. Since 2001, Ashley has recognised by the legal directories such as Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500 Directory. "He has got genuinely deep expertise in data.", "He has unique insight, which ensures commerciality and pragmatism at all times.", "He is innovative in terms of how this area of law can benefit his client base.", and "Phenomenally strong on cloud IP and IT. He understands the underlying technical aspects of the contract." - Chambers 2020 "A brilliant data protection lawyer" who is "very strong on GDPR, very pragmatic and commercial“ – Chambers 2019 “Very thoughtful in difficult negotiations” and “knows this area and how to translate it into what it means for your business” – Chambers 2018 “Excellent” – Legal 500, 2017 “He has a very good technical knowledge and also a very good strategic sense in terms of managing a big data breach” – Chambers 2017 “Client-focused and insightful” – Legal 500, 2016 “I am very pleased with his skills, approach and accessibility” – Chambers 2015 “We were very impressed with the cultural fit and depth of expertise, and consequently kept them in mind for future projects." – Chambers 2014 "the combination of a brilliant legal mind in a very techy person." - Chambers 2013 “The outstanding quality of the work he does is a result of the thorough understanding he has of how IT companies work, and how the particular technologies work. “ - Chambers 2012 “Ashley Winton is commended for his ‘superb knowledge of data protection law’.” - Chambers 2012 “Ashley Winton leads the firm's global practice from London. He is renowned for his IT and computer expertise, and for his strength in data protection.” - Chambers 2011 “Ashley Winton is 'personable and eminently likeable.'“ - Chambers 2011: Information Technology “‘inimitable and quite brilliant’ Ashley Winton” - Chambers 2010 “‘phenomenal IT lawyer’ Ashley Winton at White & Case LLP.” - UK Legal 2008
I’d like help with…
I am a supporter of little businesses and so I am interested in finding out ways in which big tech are playing unfairly towards tech businesses and consumers. Sometimes the law can help fix these problems.
An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…
My final project at University was a control system for a large laser, which caught on fire on the day of the demonstration to the examiners. :-(
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A career highlight
Being described in a directory of legal experts as "Colourful and mildly eccentric ..."
03 December, 2020