Dr Sam De Silva

Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (CMS)

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Sam is a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang and specialises in data privacy (including the GDPR) and cyber-security issues and in advising on complex and strategic IT and telecommunication projects including all forms of cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), outsourcing (IT, BPO and off-shoring), system development and supply, system integration, software licensing, support and service agreements. Sam is on the Privacy & Policy Expert Group of the Biometrics Institute.

At an international level, Sam is both the UK representative on the EU Commission’s Expert Group on Cloud Computing Contracts and on the IT Law Committee of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). Sam is on the International Advisory Board of Cyber Rescue Alliance, which is a business assistance alliance helping its members reduce the harm caused by cyber-attacks and is a former Global Board of Trustee for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

At the national level, he is the immediate past Chair on the Law Society’s Technology and Law Reference Group (but still a member of that Reference Group) and a committee member of the EU Committee of the Law Society. Sam is a Technical Committee Member of the IT Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and was elected to the Council of the British Computer Society in 2016 (and was the Vice-Chair in 2016-17). Sam is also the Co-convenor (with the Chinese) on a proposed new ISO Standard on the management of legal risk. Sam has written and spoken extensively on technology, outsourcing and data privacy and is regularly called upon by the industry as a thought leader in these areas. He has been interviewed in the press, radio, webinars and on television.

Sam is also one of very few UK solicitors who is a Fellow of CIPS (FCIPS), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). Sam has post-graduate degrees in information technology and business administration so is well aware of the commercial, business and technical issues facing both users and suppliers of technology. Sam also has in-house industry legal experience having been seconded to Accenture UK as a Senior Legal Counsel. He is recognised as a leading individual in the most recent edition of the Legal 500 and as a Star Individual in Chambers & Partners directories. Sam is named in Who’s Who of Data Privacy and Protection 2018, the Who’s Who of Data Security 2018 and the Who’s Who of Information Technology 2018 as one of the world’s leading lawyers in those areas of law. As well as being a qualified English law solicitor, Dr De Silva is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.