A practicing barrister for more than 20 years, Damian is an Executive Director and Head of Lighthouse’s Advisory Services Group in the UK. In this role, he regularly advises clients on a wide array of information governance and e-disclosure issues, particularly for clients facing regulatory scrutiny. Damian has a keen understanding of the challenges clients face responding to regulatory demands, conducting timely and complete investigations, and navigating cross-border matters. His clients rely on his counsel not only to support day-to-day needs, but also to develop and implement proactive solutions to improve the approach programmatically, largely through people, process, and technology. Much of Damian’s time now involves consulting with clients on legal and regulatory risk associated with digital transformation, and designing practical solutions to ensure the continued satisfaction of legal and regulatory demands.
Prior to joining Lighthouse, Damian was an Executive Director and Head of eDiscovery (EMEA and APAC) at UBS, where he worked for five years. During this time, Damian supported more than 40 regional litigators and investigators on all aspects of e-disclosure for the bank’s litigation and investigation matters. He also spearheaded policy changes for legal and compliance teams, including for legal hold, dawn raid, and for the bank’s handling of data subject requests – overhauling the entire program to ensure the bank could respond in a timely and cost-effective manner. Damian personally managed several high-profile investigations involving complex data scenarios to ensure data was properly preserved and collected as part of urgent needs to assess the bank’s exposure. Prior to UBS, Damian worked in private practice from Lincoln’s Inn in London. By 2014, Damian was the leading barrister dealing with e-disclosure in the UK. He is regarded as a pioneer in his field within Western Europe he is highly skilled in understanding and applying varying legal standards at the heart of global matters. Damian began his career as a management consultant at Accenture, specializing in financial markets.
On a personal note, Damian is an avid reader, devouring as many as 3 books at a given time (military history is his favorite). He loves sport and plays cricket with diminishing returns, and he coaches at his local club. He lives in Newcastle with his wife and four teenage boys, who challenge him to rugby, football, and cricket matches almost daily.
Credentials: MA in English Literature and Economics from the University of Cambridge. Member of Middle Temple.