Val’s specialities are in the areas of cybersecurity, data protection and other compliance matters (including anti-bribery & corruption; modern day slavery legislation, freedom of information compliance and competition law), intellectual property and brand management & protection, and commercial contracts (particularly in the areas of health & social care, medical devices and technology generally).

Val is listed in Who’s Who Legal 2018 as an expert in the areas of Data Privacy & Protection and Information Technology and is ranked in Chambers & Partners UK for Information Technology where she is described as “brilliant, approachable and able to reduce the concepts down into words and phrases I can understand."

Ranked in Chambers & Partners UK for her work with charities and the not-for profit sector, she leads the firm’s Charities & Third Sector team where she has a particular interest in social care (including safeguarding matters) and charity fundraising.

She is the Chair of the Independent Fundraising Standards and Adjudication Panel for Scotland, the independent body in Scotland which oversees complaints made about the fundraising practices of Scottish registered charities. She was Chair and trustee of Aberlour Child Care Trust from 2014-2020 and is also a trustee on the board of Project Trust UK.

  • "She was fantastic and really invested in our organisation, giving up her time to understand the broader strategic context and environment that we operate in."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Val Surgenor continues to impress with her succinct and concise advice. Her experience within the charity sector provides credibility and practicality to her advice."

    Legal 500
  • "Val Surgenor 'possesses the enviable ability to offer practical, easy-to-understand advice for those less conversant with the topics'."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "She is an excellent lawyer - efficient, thorough and pleasant to work with."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Valerie Surgenor is understated but hugely competent, knowledgeable and pragmatic."

    Legal 500
  • "Her sector knowledge and level of expertise is routinely demonstrated by the approach and advice she offers."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "I have always found her brilliant, approachable and able to reduce the concepts down into words and phrases I can understand."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession

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