Georgina Kon

TMT Partner, London

“I specialise in advising both public and private sector clients on complex domestic and international IT, sourcing and information governance matters. I’m a business enabler, helping clients to identify practical strategies for contracting and compliance, often in seemingly impossible situations. I work collaboratively with them to develop solutions that will (and do) stand the test of time.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Georgina advises on information governance, technology and sourcing issues. She advises on a variety of matters from both a commercial and regulatory (including privacy) perspective, including on the use of innovative technologies, the roll-out of new target operating models to promote agility and efficiency, software licensing structures/chains and terms, and IT/sourcing disputes.

 

Georgina counsels a range of high-profile clients extensively on a range of implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), on international data flows and on the privacy implications of “big data” projects and digitisation. She is well-known for her pragmatic and incisive advice, helping clients to formulate appropriate risk-based approaches to compliance.

 

Georgina also advises customers and suppliers in the public and private sectors on all aspects of their most complex, innovative and mission-critical sourcings. She makes it a priority to ensure that the contracts she puts in place are workable in practice and reflect constantly evolving, good sourcing and commercial practice. She has significant experience in public procurement issues from the government’s perspective.

 

Georgina is part of the firm’s healthcare and insurance sector teams, and has a particular interest in digital health initiatives. She also advises a variety of other highly regulated clients, including banks, on technology, data and sourcing matters.

 

Georgina has made many contributions to the firm, including advising on technology issues and on the firm’s binding corporate rules application and programme. She is also involved in graduate and lateral recruitment initiatives, helping the firm to achieve its strategic aims of attracting exceptional talent and celebrating and embedding diversity.

 

Georgina has been seconded at various times to J.P. Morgan, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and BAT.

Work highlights

Georgina has advised a wide range of public and private clients on IT, sourcing and data matters. Those that can be disclosed include advising:

  • one of the world’s largest data analytics organisations on its comprehensive, multi-million pound programme for general data protection regulation compliance (including in relation to privacy impact assessments of key products and the use of big data to combat financial crime)
  • a major insurer on the successful remediation and resolution of data breach and cyber issues (including on regulatory and individual breach notifications)
  • one of the world’s largest pharma groups on a suite of projects designed to increase agility, improve research and enhance patient outcomes through innovative use of technology
  • a leading healthcare organisation on its accelerator programme, which is designed to identify ways in which technology can be used to improve health and wellness
  • The Ministry of Defence on a suite of ICT outsourcings that are expected to deliver savings of over £1bn over 10 years
  • The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on the early termination of its outsourcing to ETS of tests operations services for Key Stage 1, 2 & 3 SATs exams. QCA secured a deal under which ETS paid back £19.5m and cancelled invoices worth £4.6m

Professional experience

Georgina is a mentor for the prestigious 30% Club mentoring scheme in the City of London, which offers cross-company, cross-sector mentoring to women.

 

Georgina regularly speaks at conferences, including at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She has contributed to a number of articles, including:

 

“Brexit and commercial contracts: assessing the impact”, Linklaters, PLC, 2016, with Lindsey Brown

 

“Contractual discretion: the law of small mercies”, Linklaters, PLC, 2013

Education and qualifications

Georgina studied law at Newnham College, University of Cambridge.