Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has appointed Mark Gleeson as a data protection and information rights partner in its London office.

Mark, who joins from Browne Jacobson LLP, is a specialist data privacy and cyber-security lawyer with a wealth of multijurisdictional experience gained from over 20 years spent both in private practice and in-house roles in the UK, as well as internationally. Mark has a strong track record of advising a wide range of private and public-sector bodies on information law issues including contentious, regulatory and non-contentious work. In his previous roles, Mark was also head of data protection at Barclaycard.

Andrew Kimble, Partner and head of the data protection team at WBD, commented:

"Information rights cover a wide range of areas from data protection, freedom of information and other legislation governing the use of information. These are all critical areas for our clients and so we are delighted to have someone of Mark's calibre joining our growing London team and offering clients a premium service line and first-rate legal advice."

Mark added:

"WBD has an impressive client portfolio across a large number of sectors and the firm is well positioned in this changing legal marketplace for success in the future. I look forward to working with the team here in London, nationally as well as in the US to grow our information rights offering."

Mark's appointment follows a wider recruitment drive particularly in WBD's London office which saw seven new partners joining the insurance (Tim Barr, Simon Beckwith and Mark Ratcliff), immigration (Andrew Tingley), banking (Matthew Williams), finance (Jonny Williams) and tax (Bob Savic) teams in the past couple of months.

Ranking in the UK's top 20 law firms, WBD provides legal expertise across a range of sectors including Financial Institutions, Insurance, Public & Government Services, Energy & Natural Resources, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer, Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Technology and Private Wealth.