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Claire Halle-Smith

Legal Director

Claire’s experience in-house coupled with her ten plus years’ advising on data privacy matters enables her to identify those key issues facing an organisation and to provide practical, solutions-based advice.

"Claire Halle-Smith gave me superb advice and assistance as to the process, drafting of all correspondence and the final response and applying relevant exemptions. Claire's support was invaluable and I went on to recommend Wright Hassall to several other societies"

Steve Richardson, Chairman of a national society


  • Successfully avoiding financial penalties and other potential adverse action by the ICO when liaising on clients’ behalf following serious breaches of personal data, including special category data, and pursuant to ICO investigations as to compliance with individuals’ rights such as subject access requests. 
  • The creation of industry specific networks of organisations to include webinar and multiple detailed face to face training workshops on aspects of data protection such as consent for marketing, lawful processing of children’s data and special category data, individuals rights, data mapping, DPIA and audits, breach management, sub-processor contracts, transfers to third countries and accountability obligations.
  • Carrying out full GDPR audits and subsequently creating compliance programmes for a wide variety of clients, from group companies operating across multiple jurisdictions, to small charitable organisations. To include, for example, data asset analysis, policies, procedures, all applicable data protection notices, data sharing agreements (both internal and external), sub-processor contracts, cross-border transfers, marketing consents, advice on DPIAs and accountability requirements.
  • Supporting clients in respect of subject access requests involving the review and collation of information, identifying and applying exemptions and liaising with the data subject’s representatives.

"They're efficient and good to deal with; the contracts we create with them are robust and defendable in court."

Chambers UK


Claire joined a multi-national organisation shortly after qualification where she was later appointed Group Commercial Counsel. She subsequently moved to private practice and has spent the last three years at Wright Hassall.


Claire is a keen walker and spends a lot of her time in the Oxfordshire countryside accompanied by as many dogs and/or people as she can muster ... she enjoys skiing and running and spends a lot of her remaining time fundraising for local charities.  

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Lindsay Ellis - Business and Commercial Lawyer
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