Chris Bollard is a partner in the Technology and Innovation team of Matheson, one of Ireland’s leading law firms. Chris splits his time between Dublin and Palo Alto where he advises clients on a host of data protection, information technology, e-commerce and intellectual property issues. Prior to joining Matheson, Chris spent eight years with another leading Irish law firm.
Chris advises on the protection and commericalisation of intellectual property including software licences, software development agreements, intellectual property assignments and intellectual property transfers in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
Chris advises local and international companies on compliance with data protection laws including GDPR compliance, data processing agreements, international data transfers, data protection impact assessments and data access requests. Chris has particular experience advising international, data rich companies who are doing business in Ireland.
On the e-commerce side, Chris is frequently called on to advise companies selling goods and services online. As well as the core of IT/DP and IP issues, Chris also advises on more niche regulatory matters such as gambling law, the law relating to promotions and advertising, e-signatures and the Commercial Agents Directive.
Chris is a regular speaker on data protection issues and has lectured on the Law Society’s professional course for trainee solicitors as well as their Certificate in Data Protection Law course and the Diploma in Technology Law course. Chris has also spoken in start-up incubators such as Nova (UCD), the Ryan Academy (DCU), and Launchbox (Trinity). Chris is a co-author of the Irish chapter of the European Lawyers Reference book on Gaming Law (1st, 2nd and 3rd editions).Chris holds a BCL law degree from University College Cork and an LLM in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford. He is admitted as a solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland.