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Managing Counsel

Andrea Ward

Managing Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Having plans and the sense of achievement from getting things done. There are never enough hours in the day, but I enjoy the challenges of work and home life and do my best to keep all the plates spinning! An old school-teacher of mine once told me that if you don’t learn something new every day, it’s a day wasted and I live by that advice. Like my new clients and colleagues, I am always busy, but I love the opportunities at Ignition to get actively involved in new projects, use existing skills and develop new ones. I added data protection to my employment law skillset 10 years ago and became CIPP/E qualified, before it became fashionable. Now that GDPR is a reality, I am pleased to be able to help clients with the changes in the law.

An entrepreneur I admire

Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop. As a female entrepreneur, Anita was way ahead of the competition, had shops in almost every major town and city, and was a real role model for girls and young women, when I was growing up. No Saturday was complete without a trip to The Body Shop, for a new cherry lip-balm or Japanese Washing Grains, and business boomed accordingly. It was good to know that her products were ethically sourced and not tested on animals, but moreover that it was possible to build a hugely successful, international beauty business on such idealistic foundations. To be honest, I admire anyone who has the vision and strength of character to set up their own business and make a success of what they do.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Employment and Data Protection/Privacy
  • Education and Training: The University of Manchester LLB (Hons) College of Law (Store Street, London) and CIPP/E (IAPP Europe data protection qualification).
  • Work: Kennedys, Hogan & Hartson, Hogan Lovells, McGuireWoods London LLP
  • Speaking Roles: GDPR Summit Series and IAPP
  • Memberships: Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Other interests: Running: I ran the Great North Run for the first time last year, in a decent time and have since joined my local running club, where I compete in cross country, 10k and half marathon events. I also really enjoy antiques hunting and finding a home for ‘new’ items of furniture.
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