40 Under 40: call for nominations

Global Data Review launched in 2018 with profiles of the leading young talent of the data law bar. We used our existing contacts and market knowledge to put together a 40 Under 40 survey that featured lawyers in private practice who deserved recognition for their achievements. You can see the outcome here.

Three years later, it’s time for round two – and we need our readers’ help. We want to profile another 40 leading lights, and we also want to expand the type of individual we feature. This time round, we are looking not only at in-house and private practice lawyers, but also at non-lawyer data experts (cybersecurity experts, data strategists and so on) working either in private practice, in-house or within regulators or NGOs.

You can help us do this in one (or more) of three ways:

1: Provide names of individuals outside your organisation who you think are worthy of inclusion, and why you think they should be included. Nominees must be under the age of 40 as of 1 May 2021 (ie, they must have been born after 1 May 1981) in order to be considered.

2: Put yourself forward, telling us a few words about why you think you’re worth including. If you nominate yourself, you must also nominate two further individuals outside your organisation. You must be under the age of 40 as of 1 May 2021 (ie, you must have been born after 1 May 1981) in order to be considered.

3: Nominate a colleague. Do you work with someone talented? Let us know! But please bear in mind that we will only feature one individual per organisation in the final survey – so if you’re in a large firm or company, we recommend coordinating internally so that we don’t get too many submissions from a single place. Once again, you must nominate two further individuals outside your organisation, and nominees must be under the age of 40 as of 1 May 2021 (ie, they must have been born after 1 May 1981) in order to be considered.

The GDR editorial team will whittle the list of nominees down to the 40 individuals we think are deserving of inclusion. We will reach out to them and ask them a series of questions, and use that to build our profiles. 

A tip for lawyers in private practice: we will consider including non-partners, but they should at least be senior associates who have a realistic chance of becoming partners (or partner-equivalents) within the next year or two.

The submission deadline is 31 January. All submissions should be sent to [email protected]. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us there.

Good luck, and we look forward to publishing the results in the next few months.


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