Rob Sheldon, Partner, Technology Outsourcing and Privacy

Rob Sheldon, Partner, Technology Outsourcing and Privacy, Fieldfisher

I am technology lawyer with over 15 years' experience advising clients on IT and outsourcing projects and complex commercial contracts.  I also frequently advise clients on their compliance with fast-changing privacy laws.  I have worked in-house and appreciate the unique demands that are placed on in-house teams (and have never forgotten what it's like to be an in-house lawyer).

I have advised clients in a range of sectors including financial services, insurance, retail, recruitment, oil & gas, energy and sports marketing, working both for customers and suppliers, which gives me a unique appreciation of what is 'market-standard' - enabling me to understand issues from both-sides and to help clients reach pragmatic solutions to complex issues quickly and efficiently.

Recently, I have advised Trilliant on its projects with British Gas, Npower and others which are key to the early roll-out and adoption of smart-meter technology in the UK.  This is a large and complex project utilising cutting-edge technology working within a framework of new and developing regulations, affecting hundreds of thousands of consumers  and their properties and requiring the co-operation and management of multiple different companies involved in the supply chain to provide an effective technology solution (including software vendors, hardware suppliers, network operators, energy suppliers, asset finance companies, lenders, regulators etc.) – this is typical of the type of project that I work on.

I am an active member of the National Outsourcing Association, the Society for Computers and Law and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  I was a member of the UK Mirror Committee on ISO37500 – the first international standard on outsourcing – which also included outsourcing industry representatives from IBM, BP, Capital One, Co-operative Financial Services and Aegon.

I regularly present at conferences and provide interactive 'hands-on' training to clients, particularly on privacy laws.  I have also been invited to speak at a number of events organised by BPP and will deliver BPP's E-Commerce and Software Masterclass in 2016.I also write articles on technology issues e.g. real-world damage arising from the evolution of the internet of things.

I live in the Peak District and in my spare time I'm generally either running around the hills or after my two children and I am long-suffering Manchester City supporter who can often be found looking bemused at the Etihad Stadium.