James Moss

Acting General Counsel

ICO

James Moss is Director of Legal Services for Regulatory Enforcement at the ICO, having been appointed in January 2019 to oversee and lead all the contentious legal work of the office.  He spent twelve months as Acting General Counsel between April 2020-April 2021 dealing with the legal and strategic issues arising from Brexit and providing legal advice to the Commissioner, executive team and management board.

He first joined the ICO on secondment from his previous role as a specialist regulatory lawyer with DLA Piper’s Manchester office to lead the legal aspects of ‘Operation Cederberg’, the Commissioner’s investigation into data analytics for political purposes which included Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group of companies.

Prior to joining the ICO James worked at DLA Piper for ten years dealing with all aspects of regulatory law, including investigations and prosecutions involving money laundering, carousel and boiler room fraud, export control and sanctions issues, proceeds of crime and confiscation and Anti-Bribery & corruption. Whilst the majority of his practice was spent advising and defending individuals and corporate bodies he also prosecuted environmental offences on behalf of a regulatory body.

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