Paula Williamson

Data Protection and Privacy Lawyer

+44 (0) 845 257 9449

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Paula Williamson is a leading specialist solicitor in data protection and freedom of information law. She works with clients across many sectors.

With  26 years’ experience, Paula grasps complex issues rapidly and helps her clients navigate the fast-evolving compliance landscape to deliver business – focussed solutions.

Previously a regulatory prosecutor, Paula is sought after by organisations facing ICO intervention for data breaches. She advises those working with children on ed-tech, and child privacy issues.

Paula’s practice is diverse and includes data breach response (including complex cyber-attacks, DoS and ransomware attacks); ICO regulatory action; tactical management of complex Data Subject Access Requests; data sharing; data protection audits; compliant direct marketing and fundraising campaigns; drafting policies and privacy notices; protection of business information from disclosure under FOI; drafting data protection clauses in commercial Agreements, Data Processing Agreements etc.; drafting Data Transfer Impact Assessments.

She also advises on online tracking, AI, biometrics, ANPR, cookie notices; advising on privacy within the metaverse; targeting and profiling of individuals;

She develops bespoke training for her clients and is an experienced speaker and trainer.

Paula is happy to provide an initial consultation at no charge in order to explore the issues, scope of work and associated costs involved.

Paula's Experience

Successfully defended a large Internet Service Provider facing ICO monetary penalty proceedings in the context of a cyber-attack on its systems

Successfully represented a winner of The Sunday Times Independent School of the Year in the context of a data breach

FOI training to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

SAR training to one of the UK’s biggest insurance companies

Advising a leading national public transport provider on employee privacy issues including repurposing of onsite security CCTV footage for staff disciplinary and monitoring purposes, privacy issues arising from body worn cameras; telematics (the incidental tracking of location and movement of staff relative to a vehicle in real time); vehicle dash cams and vehicle device tracking

Advised UK’s leading microeconomic research unit around the protection of its business information from disclosure under an FOIA request, when tendering for public sector contracts;

Advised on the privacy issues in connection with the Covid-19 testing programme. The pilot programme trialled saliva-based mass population testing in the community at a local level and involved working with the ICO, epidemiologists, local authority, and other Government agencies at the highest level.

Advised a UK school’s inspector on privacy issues around the “Everyone’s Invited” campaign


Paula is married with a daughter and lives in rural Worcestershire. She enjoys being with her family, wild swimming, walking her dog iorek and supporting her daughter’s blossoming rowing career. She is a keen advocate of animal welfare.

Member of the British Computer Society’s Examination Board (ISEB) for both the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection and the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information.

Paula is a Director of Tenjin an online digital data protection training platform. www.mytenjin.co.uk

Paula is co-author of Sweet and Maxwell’s “Freedom of Information Law in the UK” by Sue Cullen. Paula authored the chapter on Vexatious and Repeated FOI Requests.


There are few information law practitioners I would recommend; Paula Williamson is one of them.

Dr C.N.M. Pounder, Director, Amberhawk Training Ltd.

The level of support, expertise, attention to detail, speed of delivery, personable approach and ease of communication from Paula Williamson has been consistently exceptional over the years. Only the highest recommendation is fitting. Thank you.

Louise Redfern, Data Protection Officer, Bryanston School

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