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Judy is one of the most highly rated IT law specialists in the North East of England and is ranked amongst the top data protection practitioners in the UK by legal directory Chambers & Partners.

She advises on IT, information law, consumer terms and conditions and intellectual property, working with private, public and third sector clients.

Judy has an MSc in Computing Science and had a career in IT before qualifying as a solicitor.



Because of her background in IT, Judy has particular expertise in providing legal advice on technology.

She advises on data protection and privacy compliance and a wide range of IT and information law issues.


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What our clients say

  • "[Judy is] better than or at least as good as anyone we have come across nationally"

    Head of Legal
  • "I can count on one hand the number of private practice lawyers who give us the answers we need and good commercial advice without chasers, multiple clarifications and running up massive fees. I think you’ve got a claim to be the best of them."

    In-house lawyer
  • "We found it was easy to convey technical details and she did not blind us with legal jargon; most impressive."

    Global IT Manager
  • "Frankly we could not have got through the various issues this year without your support!"

Independent verdict

  • "Judy Baker "takes a very forensic approach to privacy, does a great job of getting to the bottom of how clients use data, and is great at communicating directly with non-specialist professionals."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Judy is 'unbelievably supportive’; ‘her enviable understanding of the practice area gives her the edge over the competition’."

    legal 500
  • "'Very competent technical lawyer' Judy Baker is applauded for being 'very quick to understand the nuances of clients' requirements,' and for her 'deep expertise' in IT matters. She has experience in data protection alongside wider abilities in the fields of telecoms, IP and IT."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Judy Baker 'provides fantastic support and communication', according to one impressed market commentator. She stands out for her work in a range of IT matters and is also an expert in data protection."

    Chambers & Partners
  • Judy Baker of Ward Hadaway is defined by her "great expertise and knowledge of this subject, whilst wearing her skill lightly." Sources also note that "she is very pragmatic and gets us answers straight away."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Her clients say they 'always receive strong legal advice, setting out our options to make informed decisions with the ICO's regulatory approach in mind'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "She's got a software programmer's mindset as well as a lawyer's mindset."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "very responsive and extremely hard-working, and really puts herself out to help with a quick turnaround."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "understands the business and pulls the information together very quickly. She is commercially focused."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Judy Baker of Ward Hadaway handles matters in relation to complex data protection issues. She advises both private and public sector clients on IT, IP and information law concerns, with a computing science background underpinning her expert legal counsel."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "[Judy] is described as having a 'very good head for detail.'"

    Chambers & Partners
  • "She has a very detailed knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "very up to date and proactive."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Judy Baker is ‘extremely knowledgeable with a solid understanding of the changing data protection environment’"

    Legal 500
  • "The 'very technical' Judy Baker is a key name."

    Legal 500
  • "Judy Baker enjoys a strong reputation and is described as 'very timely, knowledgeable and diligent.'"

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