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Legal and Compliance Services

The Legal and Compliance Services team provides legal advice to all areas of the University, including in relation to:
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Data Protection and the UK GDPR
  • Dispute resolution
  • Compliance risk
  • Regulatory matters (e.g. Office for Students)
  • Provision of specialist legal advice
  • Insurance


About us

We are a small, friendly team of legal professionals and support staff, working to support the University of Warwick in achieving its aims as a leading UK University with a global reputation for research, teaching and innovation. Read more.Link opens in a new window

Head of Department: Rachel Gower, Director of Legal and Compliance Services & Data Protection Officer - LegalDirectorPA at warwick dot ac dot uk


What do we do?


Our Contracts team handle a large portfolio, working with clients across the University to support day to day commercial activities as well as standalone strategic projects.

Contact: Michaela Meeraus, Senior Legal Counsel - commercialcontracts at warwick dot ac dot uk


Data Protection

Our Data Protection team handle all things 'DP', including:

  • Processing and responding to all Freedom of Information (FOI) and Data Subject Rights (DSR) requests that the University receives;
  • Managing data breaches reports;
  • Providing guidance on privacy notices;
  • Drafting Data Sharing Agreements and other DP contracts;
  • And responding to any other weird and wonderful DP requests that come our way.

Contact: Karim Kapadia, Senior Legal Counsel and Deputy DPO (acting) - infocompliance at warwick dot ac dot uk



Our Employment lawyer works closely with the HR Employee Relations Team to provide expert legal advice on a range of employment matters, as well as supporting with Employment Tribunal cases.

Contact: Helen Hughes, Senior Legal Counsel - LegalDirectorPA at warwick dot ac dot uk


Litigation and General legal advice

Our litigators are ready to support colleagues with any legal claims that may be brought against the University, as well as providing legal advice on a wide range of topics including ensuring the institution remains compliant with current legislation through input into policies and University Regulations. We also support colleagues in procuring specialist legal advice where appropriate.

Contact: Amrit Samra & Nick Wright, Senior Legal Counsel - LegalDirectorPA at warwick dot ac dot uk



Our Insurance Services Manager manages all aspects of the University's insurance portfolio including any claims against the insurance policies, including inter alia personal injury (PI), professional negligence, motor, travel and property claims.

Contact: Richard Campbell-Kelly, Insurance Services Manager - insuranceservices at warwick dot ac dot uk


We do not provide legal advice to students or personal legal advice.


Practical things

We can be found in University House, just on the edge of central campus every Tuesday and Thursday. The team works remotely on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays (subject to operational requirements).