Ben Wootton

Ben WoottonData Protection & Commercial Contracts
Specialist Lawyer


Partner, Pritchetts Law LLP


LLB (Hons), University of Exeter
LPC, University of the West of England, Bristol



Ben is a senior Solicitor and a Partner in the specialist data protection and privacy law firm, Pritchetts Law LLP.

Ben trained with the international law firm, Pinsent Masons LLP, going on to work in the Commercial team at Burges Salmon LLP and in the Technology & Outsourcing team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP (including an industry secondment to Barclaycard). Ben then spent five years as in-house legal counsel, first for Heathrow Airport in London, and then for Air New Zealand in New Zealand before returning to the UK and joining Pritchetts Law LLP.

Ben has worked on a wide range of commercial and IT matters during his career, including being the lead lawyer for Heathrow Airport and Air New Zealand’s IT departments, as well as completing many complex and high-value projects.


L500 2017 Recommended LawyerThe most recent edition of The UK Legal 500 has ranked Ben as a “recommended lawyer” both regionally and nationally. It states in its South West ranking that Ben Wootton “‘couples his knowledge of data protection with a strong feel for the commercial realities that companies face’, which makes his advice ‘far more valuable’”. The UK Legal 500 also recommends Ben in its national/London ranking, where it states that Ben “‘has extensive commercial experience and clearly understands how the sector works’”.

Ben has been highly recommended by his clients for:
  • Working hard to create a productive and collaborative approach, with a focus on simplicity.
     
  • Always working towards the commercial and practical needs of clients rather than purely technical solutions. Focusing on the commercial drivers of his clients, Ben aims to highlight key commercial as well as legal risk areas in order to provide pragmatic solutions.
     
  • Being team-oriented and committed, and providing energy to the tasks he engages in, completing work on time and in line with the client’s key legal and commercial issues.
In addition, Ben has been interviewed by the BBC in relation to the use of social media and the potential lack of data protection compliance by political parties during the 2017 general election campaign. For more on this, see our blog on the subject.

Outside work, Ben is a keen sportsman - he organises and plays both rugby and touch rugby, and now focuses more on the whims of his kids. Ben also loves worldwide travel and adventure, including trips to Malawi, Kenya, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Argentina and Spain.
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