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Mark Watts

Bristows LLP

London, GBR

Mark is an IT specialist with over 20 years experience.  He advises companies on IT legal issues such as software development, system deployment, outsourcing, E-Commerce and data protection.  Much of Mark's experience was gained in-house at IBM where he held various roles. 

Mark has advised on many high-profile private and public sector outsourcing transactions.  He advises companies deploying business critical IT platforms and applications, as well as advising on the creation of social networking websites, cloud computing, mobile apps and online trading websites.  Mark has particular expertise in data protection; he was Global Privacy Counsel at IBM for many years.  He advises many multinationals companies on general international data protection compliance issues, particularly on international data transfers matters, such as Binding Corporate Rules.

Mark has particular expertise in advising companies how to respond to data protection enforcement actions, including Monetary Penalty Notices.

Mark is on the correspondent panel of Computer Law & Security and is a member of the editorial board of Privacy & Data Protection. 


  • BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Wales
  • D. Phil Semiconductor Physics, University of Oxford
  • Qualified 1995
  • Partner 2003
  • Joint Managing Partner 2010

Recommended for

  • Data Protectionand Information Technology (key individual) - Chambers and Partners (2017/2016/2015)
  • Outsourcing (key individual) - Chambers and Partners (2017/2016/2015)
  • Data Protection (leading Individual) - Legal 500 (2016/2015/2014)
  • IT and Telecoms (leading Individual) - Legal 500 (2016/2015/2014)
  • Media and Entertainment - Legal 500 (2015)
  • Information Technology: Data Protection - Best Lawyers UK (2015)
  • Telecommunications Media & Technology (most highly regarded individual) - Who's Who Legal (2016/2015)
  • Technology, Media and Communications - Super Lawyers UK (2014)

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