With over 15 years’ experience in advising on data protection and, since its introduction, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), Val advises private companies and other private/public/third sector organisations and institutions, as well as individuals, on a wide range of commercial matters. Her expertise includes commercial contracts, patents, trademarks, design rights, copyright and other intellectual property licensing, transfer, commercialisation and protection of IP, computer technology contracts, including hosting and cloud arrangements, and commercial agreements.
Val is ranked in Chambers UK for her work with charities and the third sector, and is also listed in Who’s Who Legal 2018 as an expert in Data Privacy & Protection. She is Chair of the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel, set up to oversee fundraising standards and adjudicate on fundraising complaints in relation to Scottish registered charities.
"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