Jocelyn S Paulley

Jocelyn is a technology and data lawyer, interested in anything connected to those two topics in non-contentious matters. Her areas of expertise cover IT agreements, data protection, data centres and telecommunications.

She is a core member of the firm's Tech sector team, advising technology clients on everything from their business-as-usual contracting arrangements to big data, commercialising datasets, AI, complex licensing arrangements and buying and selling technologies.

She is also active in the firm's Retail sector which advises bricks and mortar retailer, e-tailers and pure play businesses but also the increasingly significant infrastructure providers.

Clients value her pragmatic, commercial approach and ability to work with everyone across a business, as well as maintaining a good relationship with the other side to see negotiations through to the end.

Expertise in IT

Jocelyn's day-to-day is a diet of agreement reviews from licensing, cloud solutions, SaaS and hosting to support, maintenance, systems integration, bespoke developments and everything in-between. Acting for both customers and suppliers means she has a good, working knowledge of technology stacks and how common technologies operate which allows her to better advise on key pinch points, risks and mitigations. She regularly interacts with the traditional software giants (IBM, Oracle, SAP) on enterprise deals, so can navigate these complex and multi-layered contracts, saving client time as she can advise on the key areas to focus on where the suppliers will make changes to their standard terms. She also has experience of the 'new world' giants of Google, Amazon and Microsoft as other businesses increasingly make sure of their public and private cloud solutions.

IT now pervades every business and sector. Sector-specific knowledge can be very valuable, both from the point of view of understanding particular systems and also key suppliers operating in those sectors. Jocelyn has acted for clients in retail, financial services, automotive, pharma and energy sectors, as well as universities and public sector.

Expertise in Data Protection

Jocelyn is the co-head of the firm's Privacy and Cyber Security team, leading on the advisory (non-contentious side). The team advise on all aspects of data protection and privacy including policies, privacy notices, data protection impact assessments, lawful grounds for processing, governance structures, data processing clauses and agreements, international transfers and data subject rights. As a commercial lawyer who has been advising on data protection for more than 10 years, she is able to stand in client shoes and give practical, pragmatic advice to clients on the best course of action, rather than simply spouting the law.

Expertise in Data Centres

Jocelyn co-chairs the firm's Data Centre sector team. This is made up of specialists from across the firm to service our data centre operator clients. We are one of the few firms who can provide holistic advice to clients in this sector, covering everything from planning, property, construction, commercial, IT, DP, financing, banking and energy with lawyers who truly understand this niche sector.

Expertise in Telecommunications

Jocelyn has extensive experience in outsourcing arrangements for companies which manage active and passive infrastructure for network operators. She has also acted for operators outsourcing elements of their network, as part of the operator's contractual obligations to its ultimate end customer.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

    • Career
      May 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2016

    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, director
  • 2015

    • Career
      August 2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, director
    • Career
      February 2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, principal associate
  • 2008

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, solicitor and associate
  • 2006

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, trainee
  • 2005

    • Education
      Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, LPC
  • 2004

    • Education
      Oxford Brookes University, GDL
  • 2001

    • Education
      BA Hons in Modern History: Jesus College, Oxford University