Curtis McCluskey is a counsel in Goodwin’s Technology group. Mr. McCluskey has extensive experience advising businesses on all aspects of privacy compliance. He has led global GDPR compliance projects for a number of clients across a range of industries, including financial services, life sciences, media and entertainment, energy and natural resources, funds and technology. His work has included advising on cross-border data transfers, preparing privacy policies and internal data handling documents, IT security, guiding businesses on preparing data protection impact assessments and direct marketing.

Mr. McCluskey has also advised on the handling of personal data breaches, including providing guidance and practical support to businesses around implementing appropriate technologies and processes to safeguard personal data and business records generally. He has worked closely with businesses’ incident response teams in relation to handling cyber attacks.

In addition, Mr. McCluskey has experience advising businesses on licensing as well as drafting end-user licence agreements and data licences.

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  • Captify, a leading search intelligence platform, on its sale to SFW Capital Partners. 
  • Leading privacy compliance project for global medical device manufacturer, including: drafting and preparing GDPR documentation, leading contract negotiations with service providers, advising on marketing regulations and supporting implementation, providing business operational support in weekly calls, and providing in-house GDPR training to high-risk business areas.*
  • Leading GDPR compliance project for a global chemical and materials company. Preparing policies and procedures tailored to the company’s data protection requirements. Acting as the go-to person for advice and guidance in connection with security incidents (including being listed as external counsel in the company’s incident response plan).*
  • Advising U.S.-based clinical trial sponsor in connection with EU clinical trials, including drafting patient consent forms and leading contract negotiations with clinical research organisation. Also, providing guidance on the legal basis for transferring personal data to the U.S.*
  • Supporting global brand development provider with supplier reviews for GDPR compliance, including preparing supplier due diligence questionnaires, guiding business on incorporating data processing terms in agreements with suppliers and negotiating contract terms.*
  • Providing data protection guidance in connection with the purchase of a multi-million pound shipping portfolio. Assessing the transfers of personal data from seller to buyer, preparing data protection provisions for the SPA and advising on amendments to liability and indemnity provisions and addressing follow-up questions throughout the bidding process.*
  • Advising global merchant commodities firm and managing GDPR compliance project. Leading weekly calls with client to address any GDPR-related questions and providing in-house training at client’s offices.*
  • Advising international company on ransomware attack and requirements to notify the supervisory authority. Following advice on cyberattack, providing further guidance around incident response handling, including drafting an internal data breach procedure.*
  • Acting for a U.K. health and beauty retailer in connection with security incident involving access to personal data, including advising on notifications to supervisory authority and individuals affected. Also preparing pre-action responses to subsequent proposed claims brought by individuals.*
  • Advising U.S.-based government corporation on its data protection obligations regarding the collection of personal data in the EU (specifically in the U.K. and Germany) and Switzerland. Managing and coordinating advice from local counsel in Germany and Switzerland.*
  • Advising worldwide financial services company on its data protection obligations in carrying out marketing activities across 15 jurisdictions, including preparing survey of local law requirements.*
  • Preparing terms and conditions of use and website privacy policy for a dating-focussed social network. Advising, also, on data protection implications regarding the launch of an online facial recognition software feature.*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Activities

Mr. McCluskey is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is CIPP/E certified. He is also a member of the Society for Computers and Law.

Professional Experience

Mr. McCluskey has gained significant experience working in-house. He practiced at the Financial Ombudsman Service for a number of years, advising on the service’s information law obligations (in connection with data protection laws and freedom of information), procurement law and defending the service against challenges to jurisdiction decisions and final determinations in all areas of business; he has also defended civil claims and responded to freedom of information appeals to Tribunal.

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Bar Vocational Course
BPP Law School
(Inner Temple Exhibition Award, BVC scholarship)



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