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Christopher Millard


Christopher Millard

Senior Counsel
+44 (0)20 7400 8992

Christopher Millard is Professor of Privacy and Information Law and head of the Cloud Legal Project in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. He is also a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. He has over 30 years experience in technology law, both in academia and legal practice. Before he joined Bristows in 2008, Christopher was a partner at a Magic Circle law firm for 6 years and head of that firm's global privacy practice. Prior to that he was at another multinational Magic Circle law firm for more than 18 years, including 10 years as a partner.

His first book, Legal Protection of Computer Programs and Data (1985), was a pioneering comparative study in the technology law field. He is a General Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press) and was a founding editor of Data Protection Laws of the World.

Christopher was a member of the OECD's Steering Group on Contractual Solutions for Transborder Data Flows (2000-01) and since 2002 has been a member of the International Chamber of Commerce's Task Force on Privacy and Protection of Personal Data. He has served as Chairman of the Society for Computer & Law (1994-96), as President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations (1994-96) and as Co-Chair of the Technology & E-Commerce Committee of the International Bar Association (2002-04).


  • LLB (Hons), University of Sheffield
  • MA Criminology, University of Toronto
  • LLM, University of Toronto
  • Qualified 1986

Recommended for

  • Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Information Technology Law (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • Data Protection (Senior Statespeople) - Chambers and Partners (2019/2018)
  • Information Technology (Senior Statespeople) - Chambers and Partners (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • Data Protection - Legal 500 (2019/2018/2017/2016)
  • Data  - Who's Who Legal (2019)
  • Data Security and Data Privacy & Protection Thought Leader - Who’s Who Legal (2018)
  • Data Protection (Eminent Practitioner) - Chambers and Partners (2017/2016/2015)
  • Telecommunications Media & Technology - Who's Who Legal (2016/2015)

"Senior counsel Christopher Millard has a wealth of experience in privacy and information law. Sources say: "He's academically and technically very good, but he's also commercial."" - Chambers and Partners 2019

"Christopher Millard is senior counsel to the practice, and is frequently brought in to assist the team and clients with complex projects. He is particularly well regarded for his authoritative advice on data protection and information law" - Chambers and Partners 2019

The "very well-respected" Christopher Millard is "a brilliant mind on privacy issues, especially in relation to the cloud and the internet of things," according to one source, adding: "He cuts through the fog." He draws on extensive experience in overseeing large-scale data protection projects and also maintains an active academic profile. - Chambers and Partners 2018

Christopher Millard brings long-standing experience handling a broad range of information technology issues, and is regarded by interviewees as "one of the gurus of UK data privacy law." - Chambers and Partners 2018

"Christopher Millard is a highly experienced and respected figure in the world of information technology law, drawing upon decades of experience working on the most complex data security matters. He is also currently Professor of Privacy and Information Law at Queen Mary University of London." - Chambers and Partners 2017

"Christopher Millard advises on the most complex and nuanced issues in information law in contentious and non-contentious contexts. He is also Professor of Privacy and Information Law at Queen Mary, University of London." - Chambers and Partners 2016

"Christopher Millard is a highly distinguished presence in the technology law space. Besides offering decades of practical experience across the full range of IT legal issues, he is Professor of Privacy and Information Law at Queen Mary University of London." - Chambers and Partners 2016

"Christopher Millard enjoys a strong reputation for his long career at the forefront of information law in the UK. He is highly experienced in advising multinational clients on a range of data protection issues, including in relation to the internet and e-commerce data compliance."  - Chambers and Partners 2016

"'The acclaimed Christopher Millard is a leading authority in data protection and cloud-based storage. An academic as well as a forthright practitioner, clients are impressed with the way that he 'combines practicality with a profound theoretical knowledge.'" - Who's Who Legal 2016

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