Val has an in-depth understanding of IP & IT law with particular interest in information management. Noted in Chambers 2014 for Data Protection Law, sources say "The advice provided by [Val] is always of a high standard. She is a knowledgeable, efficient and approachable lawyer," Clients list her attributes as "being very strong technically and knowing the area well. She is very good at putting the risks in a practical setting and getting round them. It is really what you want: practical advice that gets to the desired solution."
A 12 year career in social care management, has informed her work with the third sector and she has an excellent track record in assisting clients in areas such as DP & PVG compliance.
Recently appointed Co-Chair of the Social Media Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section’s Cyberspace Law Committee she has been tasked with developing recommended policies for social media that balance the interests of the employer and the employee, as well as examining the threat of cyber security to corporate governance and corporate strategy. This includes areas such as corporate advertising and astroturfing in social media, chasing social media driven securities fraud, and how to address, in a practical setting, the impact of social media on reputational matters, potential financial consequences and investor confidence whether as prevention or after the event.
Listed in the Who's Who Legal for Information Technology for the last 4 years and accomplished writer in this area, she has recently co-authored 2 chapters in the American Bar Association book "RFID's, Near-Field Communications, & Mobile Payments A Guide for lawyers", on European Data Protection laws.
In her compliance role, Val assists clients in getting to grips with the UK's Bribery Act. Colin MacLellan VP Vascutek Ltd comments “Val Surgenor and her Compliance and Regulatory team managed and developed our Anti-Bribery Compliance framework from inception to completion. Their deep dive into the workings of our network and how we do business internationally gave us the opportunity to address areas of risk and consolidate long established compliance practices. Val's professionalism, hard work, and the ability to see right to the core issues helped steer us through the new systems and procedures"
Described as a highly motivated self starter, Val is noted in Chambers 2012 "as very responsive and admired for her combination of strategic vision with an acuity for small but significant detail." Val is proactive and instils confidence in both colleagues and clients alike. She is someone you want on your side to help you achieve your goals.