Pulina Whitaker’s practice encompasses data privacy and cybersecurity as well as employment matters. Co-head of the firm’s global privacy and cybersecurity practice, she manages employment and data privacy issues on an advisory basis and in sales and acquisitions, commercial outsourcings, and restructurings. Pulina manages international employee misconduct investigations as well as cross-border data breach investigations. She has been appointed as a Compliance Monitor for the United Nations and has completed a three-year Monitor engagement of a UK charity for USAID. She is also a trustee of Hostage International.
Pulina is often appointed to conduct independent misconduct investigations, including most recently for UNICEF UK in response to bullying allegations. She acts for employers in defending against employment and data privacy allegations and claims, including for bullying/harassment, unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, breach of data processing, and employment contract claims. She has experience working with international and European clients to help them comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, including advising on audits of data processing activities and data security incidents.
Pulina advises on cross-border commercial outsourcing and corporate reorganizations, negotiating warranty and indemnity provisions and disclosures in transactional documentation, and conducting global redundancy and furlough projects. She is skilled at navigating individual and collective consultation requirements in multiple jurisdictions, including dealing with trade unions and works councils. She also advises on the automatic transfer of employment requirements and related information and consultation obligations in the United Kingdom and across other European jurisdictions.
Pulina’s practice spans internationally, and she speaks French and Italian.
She has been described by clients in The Legal 500 as “extremely knowledgeable with a practical approach” and is noted as being “a key name for issues covering employment and data privacy work.” Also named as a Legal 500 leading practitioner, they go on to note Pulina “is head and shoulders above the data protection and privacy pack on her command of law, requirements, and implementation.”
Recommended, Risk Advisory: Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity, The Legal 500 UK (2023)
Recommended, Employment: Employers, The Legal 500 UK (2021, 2022)
Recommended, Human Resources: Employment: Employers and Senior Executives: Employers, London, The Legal 500 UK (2016, 2017–2020)
Recommended, TMT (Technology, Media and Telecoms): Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, London, The Legal 500 UK (2019)
Ranked, Star Lawyer, Acritas (2017–2021)
Recognized, Woman Leader, International Employment Lawyer (2022)
Member, Law Society of England and Wales
Member, Employment Lawyers Association