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Saima Shabir is an experienced commercial and data protection lawyer who advises a wide range of clients, from sole traders and international corporations to schools and MATs.

She supports clients on various aspects of contractual work (including supply, agency, distribution and early help services agreements) and is highly skilled in advising organisations on data protection matters.

Through taking the time to understand a client’s business and work ethic before advising on cases relating to their business operations, Saima takes a responsive and pragmatic approach to protect clients from contractual risks.

A work highlight for Saima saw her project manage advising on, negotiating and completing a high volume of data processing agreements for global heating and ventilation manufacturer, Vaillant Group (UK) Limited.

She has also advised LexisNexis (part of the RELX Group) on reviewing novation agreements and assignments following their acquisition of Jordan Publishing.

Saima has previous experience of being seconded to work as part of the in-house legal team at a leading international supply company, reviewing and advising on a variety of commercial matters including IT contracts, public procurement, data protection, national and international sales, licensing and intellectual property.

Having worked closely with many schools, academies and MATs, Saima is aware of the practical data protection issues that are faced by those in the education sector. She has advised on a wide range of issues including data breaches relating to the unauthorised disclosure of pupil records and uploading sports day photographs to the school’s website. She takes a pragmatic and responsive approach to advising her clients on effectively dealing with data protection matters.

She completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Leicester and her Legal Practice Course at Staffordshire University.

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