Pinsents hacks Olswang for data protection head

Olswang has lost the head of its data protection team Marc Dautlich to rival Pinsent Masons.

Dautlich, who starts work at Pinsents today (5 ­September) as a partner in the firm’s information, communication and technology (ICT) team, will be responsible for developing the data protection practice across all of the firm’s offices.

“The demand for information law services has increased markedly over the past few years, and we expect this area to continue growing,” said John Salmon, head of ICT at Pinsents. “We’re very pleased to get Marc and he was very keen to come to us, partly because of our ­platform and also because of our strong client base.”

Salmon said Pinsents’ data protection team, which handles issues relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and human rights cases, currently houses around 10 lawyers, with Dautlich the only partner.

Dautlich joined Olswang as a trainee from Nabarro, becoming a partner in 2008.

Olswang chief executive David Stewart said the firm wished Dautlich all the best on his move.