Stewart Room is a partner in the Privacy and Information Law Group. He is dual qualified as a barrister and a solicitor holding full Higher Court Rights of Audience, with over 18 years’ experience as a litigator and advocate. Stewart has considerable expertise and reputation in data protection and data security matters, He is ranked as a Leading Individual for data protection by Chambers UK. Legal 500 says that Stewart’s "data protection and privacy prowess is recognised as being at the forefront of the field".
Stewart specialises in the financial institutions, technology & communications, healthcare, media & entertainment, not-for-profit, public sector, retail and transport sectors.
In 2008 Stewart was named as the Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year, for his work with IT companies on Privacy Enhancing Technologies. He is also the Chairman of the National Association of Data Protection Officers and the founder of DPA Law, a leading free online resource on data protection. Stewart is the firm’s Data Protection Officer, his role entails ensuring that our data processing operations are conducted in accordance with the law.
Stewart has contributed to various publications and has written three books on information law, namely Data Protection and Compliance in Context (2006), Email: Law, Practice and Compliance (2008) and Butterworths Data Security Law & Practice (2009). He was also the legal expert on the Channel 4 Dispatches document ‘The Data Theft Scandal’, which exposed security failings in the Indian call centre industry. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences on data protection and data security, including the British Bankers Association annual data protection conference, InfoSec and RSA Conference.