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Fund & Fiduciary Services


Position: Data Protection Counsel
Location: London, England

The Maples Group is a standard bearer in financial and legal services, trusted by many of the world’s largest hedge fund managers, private equity firms and international corporations.

Our distinction flows from our carefully curated team: 2,000+ professionals characterised by tenacity, ethics and exacting excellence.  We hire smart and sharpen smarter, arming talent with best-in-class resources and skills.  Operating in key financial centres across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, our international presence offers a unique springboard for career development and cross-cultural immersion.  Our side-by-side financial and legal services are similarly ripe for interdisciplinary learning and growth.

The Maples Group looks to add a London-based Data Protection Counsel to our team and invites eager and qualified candidates to apply. We are committed to diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity as we attract, retain and develop world-class talent.

Who We Seek

Our merit-based culture suits professionals in pursuit of boundless careers and lives.  Beyond their acumen, team members are collaborative and conscientious, bringing a healthy sense of drive and purpose to each interaction and to all aspects of their work.

About the Role

The Data Protection Counsel reports to Group Data Protection Counsel and supports our in-house Legal department. Its tactical responsibilities feed one larger objective: advises the Maples Group on a broad spectrum of legal, risk, and compliance issues, including information security and data privacy. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Addressing data privacy compliance and providing pragmatic solutions for data privacy issues to internal stakeholders from across the entire group;
  • Having the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of data privacy compliance (including not just conventional advisory work but also operational implementation work) as well as the opportunity to influence the direction of our approach towards data privacy compliance in all of the jurisdictions where we operate; and
  • Working very closely with our multi-disciplinary Risk & Compliance department, and will have the opportunity to become involved in other areas of the work undertaken by not just by our Legal department but also our Risk and Compliance department.


What You Bring

In addition to indisputably high ethical standards and autonomy, the ideal candidate possesses the following:

  • A self-starter who is not afraid of stepping out of his/her comfort zone, and is equally comfortable operating as an individual contributor who operates autonomously, as well as a team player who operates by seeking and achieving consensus, as appropriate
  • Being qualified as a solicitor or barrister admitted to practice in England & Wales, holding a current practicing certificate (candidates qualified in other jurisdictions will be considered on a case-by-case basis). He/she should ideally have 3-6 years’ post-qualification experience gained through a combination of private practice and in-house settings. A substantial portion of the post-qualification experience must have been gained in actually advising on privacy/data protection matters. He/she must have experience of advising on and negotiating commercial contracts and must have a thorough technical understanding of GDPR, as well as the way in which GDPR is implemented or otherwise given effect in at least one of the following European jurisdictions: Ireland, Jersey, Luxembourg, Netherlands, or UK;
  • Having a logical and analytical mind-set, coupled with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach to addressing privacy-related issues. Must be capable of making delicate risk-based decisions on sensitive and time-critical issues. Must be able to work effectively with stakeholders from across the entire organisation and across the world, at all levels of seniority, from support staff to managing partners and C-suite executives; and
  • Candidates who possess one or more of the following will be looked upon favorably: (a) familiarity with privacy/data protection laws that apply in the Maples Group’s non-European operating jurisdictions (e.g. Canada, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, or USA); (b) familiarity with financial services regulation (e.g. FATCA/CRS, AML/CTF, AIFMD, MIFID, etc.); (c) familiarity with investment management, fund administration, trusts, asset financing, structured finance, company administration, and other like disciplines that are relevant to the Maples Group’s core business; (d) familiarity with IT, IP, cybersecurity, and outsourcing; (e) familiarity with employment/labour law; and (f) IAPP certification (e.g. CIPP/E, CIPP/US, or CIPM).


Over five decades, the Maples Group has grown from modest beginnings into one of the world's preeminent professional services firms, offering specialised fiduciary, fund administration, regulatory and compliance, entity formation and management and legal services on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg.

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200 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4HD, England


The most enduring professional relationships are reciprocal relationships. The Maples Group prioritises employee health and wellbeing. Depending on your location, we offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental and optical)
  • Competitive vacation packages
  • Educational assistance and professional development programmes
  • Savings or pension plan
  • Life insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Global mental wellness programme
  • Sports clubs and social events 


13 September 2021