Practice and Industry Groups

Simon J. McMenemy

Managing Partner London

Simon is an experienced employment and data privacy law practitioner.  He was called to the Bar in 1995, and subsequently qualified as a solicitor while working in the employment and incentives team of a major global law firm.  He has advised on the employment aspects of many major international and multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions.  He also has a wide range of experience in advising companies on change management, particularly in relation to acquired rights, pensions and benefits. Simon advises on the increasingly complex issues arising on data privacy and data protection in the workplace and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  He is a trusted advisor to many employers on all their people management issues and has particular expertise in investigations including those relating to potential business ethics violations. Simon is a trained mediator and is also a senior reservist officer in the military.


  • Defending company from claims following dismissals in multiple jurisdictions
  • Advising listed mining company on removal of managing director
  • Guiding a service provider through establishing a safe harbour agreement and global data privacy policy
  • Advising an employer on how to deal with investigation involving allegations of theft and a police investigation
  • Defending a company from a claim for sexual harassment against one of its directors
  • Acting for finance company director in an investigation involving Serious Fraud office into bribery offences
  • Project-managing closure of a not-for-profit organization's defined benefit pension scheme
  • Defending a company in High Court litigation over post-termination covenants

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member of the Law Society of England & Wales
  • Member of the Honourable Society of Inner Temple


  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Emerging Issues on Borders, Compliance, Data, and Elections for European Operations'' - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''The Countdown Begins: Complying with the EU General Data Protection Regulation'' - June 22, 2017
  • 2017 Gulf Coast Symposium - ''Transferring HR Data from the EU'' - Houston - May 10, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Workplace Strategies “TED Talks”: Embracing Diversity in Divisive Times'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Brexit: The Impact on Companies with Employees in Europe'' - July 06, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Doing Business in the European Union'' - Phoenix - November 13, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Finding Safety After Safe Harbor: Best Practices for Multinational Employers'' - October 12, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Around the Globe With Independent Contractors and Contingent Workers—Issues and Challenges'' - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting 2014 - ''Avoiding Common Mistakes in Global Human Resource Investigations'' - New Orleans - October 31, 2014
  • Global Business Travel Association Responsible Travel Forum - ''Employer's Duty of Care for Employee Traveling in Business'' - Stockholm - October 03, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''After the Acquisition: Integrating a Global Workforce'' - Dana Point - September 20, 2014
  • ABA/ELA Transatlantic Conference - ''Corporate Whistleblowing and Wrongdoing: What Employment Lawyers Need to Know'' - London - October 2013

Published Works


Our Insights

The Highest Risk Area for GDPR Compliance: Processing HR Data

December 04, 2017

EU Commission’s First Annual Review Confirms Adequacy of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

October 20, 2017

UK Law Lords in Historic Decision on Employment Tribunal Fees

July 27, 2017

EU Regulators Issue an Updated Opinion on Processing Data in the Workplace

July 27, 2017

The UK Election Results—Business as Usual?

June 12, 2017

The Countdown Begins for GDPR Compliance for EU Human Resources Data

May 30, 2017

The Top 5 International Data Privacy Issues for Employers in 2017

February 03, 2017

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield to Replace the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework

January 22, 2017

EU Commission Adopts EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

July 13, 2016

New Agreement on Privacy Shield Set to Become Final in Early July

June 27, 2016

UK Votes to Leave the European Union: What Does This Mean for U.S. Companies With European Subsidiaries?

June 24, 2016

European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce Publish Details Regarding the EU-US Privacy Shield

March 07, 2016

EU Extends "Qualified" Moratorium on Enforcement Actions for Data Transfers to the U.S.

February 04, 2016

New ‘EU-US Privacy Shield’ to replace Safe Harbour

February 02, 2016

Europeans Agree on New Data Privacy Laws

December 18, 2015

Current Status of EU Data Transfers and Recommended Next Steps for Former Safe Harbor Companies

November 20, 2015

The Schrems Saga Continues: Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority Revokes Transfer Authorizations

October 22, 2015

The Fallout from the Schrems Decision Continues

October 19, 2015

European Court of Justice Invalidates European Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision

October 06, 2015

Is the Safe Harbor Framework Still Safe?

October 05, 2015

Further Delay to the EU Data Protection Regulation

March 04, 2015


Media Quotes

June 24, 2016 - Law360 - "Law360 - Attys React To UK's Historic Decision To Leave EU"
October 03, 2013 - Financial Times - "FTfm Survey: Fund Market Rocked by Sexism Claims"