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Phil Tompkins is a partner in the Commercial department at Ward Hadaway.

Phil has extensive experience in the public and private sectors and advises clients on commercial contracts, data protection issues and IT/technology contracts.

He is a well-respected lawyer who has worked with numerous high profile clients in the automotive, energy and manufacturing sectors.
Phil has considerable expertise in information law, advising on it for over 25 years. He’s advised various public and private sector clients on a diverse range of data protection and freedom of information issues.

He has advised clients on contentious data subject access requests, data compliance programmes, dealing with data security incidents, big data issues and looking at issues relating to the export of personal data outside the EEA and now the UK.

Phil is the co-editor of the Information Sharing handbook (2011) published by the Law Society.

Phil has extensive experience in commercial contracts and has advised on a number of complex commercial arrangements including framework agreements, logistics, outsourcing, services arrangements. He has dealt with various complex manufacturing agreements including those dealing with cross-jurisdictional issues.

He understands the need to draft agreements to suit client needs and to meet client requirements be it a complex multi-party revenue sharing arrangement or a short heads of terms.


Information Law

  • assisting a school in respect of a contentious subject access request
  • helping a national chain of shops deal with a data breach including advice to the executive on potential exposure
  • providing data protection training to a media organisation
  • carrying out an assessment of whether or not a multinational’s activities in Asia were covered by GDPR
  • advising a business on the use of legitimate interests as a basis for processing personal data in a marketing campaign
  • carrying out a data protection audit of an NHS body
  • assisting an academy in relation to an ICO audit
  • advising an NHS body in respect of an FoI request through to the First Tribunal
  • assisting various public sector bodies in relation to EIR and FoI requests
  • helping a utility in respect of an FoI request made to its regulator which involved the disclosure of information submitted by the utility to its regulator


  • advising a manufacturer in relation to an agreement for the supply of logistic services
  • drafting an agreement for the outsourcing of catering services to a large manufacturing facility
  • advising on a services agreement for the installation of an electrical charging network
  • drafting and negotiating an IT services framework agreement for a utility
  • advising on purchase agreements for smart meters
  • advising on an agreement for the provision of testing services in order to test manufacturing prototypes

What people say

  • Phil Tompkins is a great advisor on all things data and GDPR-related. He cuts through the technical detail of data protection legislation and gives practical, commercially focussed advice on how to manage data protection and breaches.

    Legal 500, Client quote

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