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Alex Lawrence-Archer


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Alex delivers advisory and contentious work at the intersection of data protection/privacy law, public law, and new technologies.

Notable instructions have included:
- Securing a widely-reported apology and rectification for a UK journalist inaccurately categorised as a ‘vaccine sceptic’ by UK government surveillance.
- Advising public policy clients and parliamentarians on the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill, Online Safety Act, and reforms to the Investigatory Powers Act. As well as giving evidence to the Public Bill Committee for the DPDI Bill, Alex has drafted amendments tabled by parliamentarians and drafted keynote reports on AI regulation for thinktanks the Ada Lovelace Institute and Connected by Data.
- Bringing regulatory challenges to the infringement of workers’ data rights in the gig economy.
- Bringing claims in relation to the private sector use of facial recognition technology.

Alex has experience across civil and public law litigation procedure including:
- Bringing applications for judicial review.
- Costs budgeting and case management in multi-track High Court litigation.
- Making successful applications for anonymity and reporting restriction orders in the High Court.
- Advising on the defence of civil claims under the UK GDPR.

Prior to joining AWO, Alex was Chief Operating Officer of the UK Government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, where he influenced significant policy developments in AI ethics and established a team focused on understanding public attitudes to AI. He also previously helped lead London-based insure-tech startup Brolly as Chief Operating Officer and in-house counsel.

Earlier in his career Alex worked as a litigator at Linklaters LLP. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Law with distinction from the University of the West of England and a first-class B.A. in Economics from Durham University.

He is a member of the legal panel for LawforChange, a fund focused on taking legal actions in the public interest. He also sits as a magistrate in the family court.

Alex regularly speaks at events on the law relating to privacy, surveillance and artificial intelligence.

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