A proven problem-solver, James has more than a decade of experience advising highly regulated companies on how to build and manage dynamic and defensible legal and compliance programs. James’ core expertise spans ediscovery/e-disclosure, data protection, and data security disciplines, and he routinely advises clients on how to lead change through technology innovation, whether through digital transformation (e.g., Microsoft 365, Google Workspace), process automation, or the use of data analytics. James has a computer forensics and computer science background, which he draws upon to understand technical challenges and to develop creative solutions. James’ approach is agile, and clients appreciate his ability to balance both cost and risk considerations.
Prior to joining Lighthouse, James worked as the Global Head of eDiscovery Technical Operations for Barclays, where he was responsible for building and managing technical operations to support the bank’s litigation and investigation matters worldwide, including those in the wake of the global financial crisis. James’s team were also responsible for supporting the needs of internal compliance and Data Privacy (DSAR) teams. In this role, James liaised with legal, compliance, privacy, security, and IT teams to drive successful outcomes, including the development of ediscovery tracking system, reporting framework, and process to address legacy data challenges. Before Barclays, James was an ediscovery consultant for eight years at Consilio; during this time, he was involved in several high-profile international investigations, including one of the largest online merchandiser fraud cases; dawn raids involving an electronics manufacturer; evidence seizures of data and systems pursuant to civil and criminal court orders; and data recovery efforts as a result of intentional destruction of data under legal hold. James’ work has spanned Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
He holds a Bachelor of Science, Computer Forensics (Honors) degree from Staffordshire University.
On a personal note, James is an avid rugby player and film buff. His favorite travel memory (outside of work, of course) was attending the Rugby World Cup Finals in 2019 in Tokyo. James resides in Hertford, UK, with his wife and their three young children.
Certifications: CIPP/E (IAPP Information Privacy), Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate, Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate