Nicola Cain, a senior barrister at the BBC, has joined City law firm RPC as a legal director. Nicola will sit within the firm’s well-established media practice and her arrival will also bring significant additional contentious data protection expertise to RPC’s multi-disciplinary Data Protection Group.

As head of legal – freedom of information and contentious data protection at the BBC, Nicola has over eight years’ experience as a barrister and extensive knowledge of all aspects of media and information law and data protection and regulation. Whilst at the BBC, Nicola provided both pre-publication and litigation advice on a wide range of programmes including Panorama, Top Gear and Have I Got News For You.

Nicola had responsibility for all FOI legal advice, internal reviews, complaints to the Information Commissioner and litigation, as well as advising on aspects of data protection compliance, significant cyber incidents and data breaches, complaints, regulatory investigations and enforcement and litigation.

Keith Mathieson, partner and head of RPC’s media team, said: ‘Nicola’s appointment will help to further strengthen the media team here at RPC and in particular the firm’s contentious data protection capabilities.

‘Data protection is an increasingly important area for RPC’s commercial and insurance client base, and so the vast experience and knowledge that Nicola has gained whilst working in-house at one of the world’s busiest media organisations will be invaluable to our clients.’

Nicola Cain added: ‘RPC’s media team has extensive knowledge of the media landscape and the issues that affect it.’