Christopher Garrett is an English-qualified international counsel in the Corporate Department and a member of the Data Strategy & Security practice, practising employment law and data protection. He has significant experience advising employers on all aspects of employment law and advising companies on compliance with UK and EU data protection law. Mr. Garrett has substantial experience in advising on the employment aspects of mergers & acquisitions transactions, including transfers of employees or other issues arising under TUPE/the Acquired Rights Directive. Mr. Garrett has a wide range of experience advising on other matters such as boardroom disputes, senior executive contracts and terminations, disciplinary and grievance matters, a variety of employment tribunal claims (including high-value discrimination claims), advising employers faced with industrial action, consultation on changes to occupational pension schemes and policy and handbook reviews. Mr. Garrett also has a particular focus on handling privacy and data protection issues relating to employees, as well as online privacy, marketing and safety practices, regular advice to clients on privacy policies, online marketing practices and related matters.

Mr. Garrett joined Debevoise in 2011. He graduated from Cardiff University in 2000 with a first class honours degree. Mr. Garrett obtained an LPC with distinction from Nottingham Law School in 2001.

Prior to joining the London Office, Mr. Garrett was an associate in the employment practice group at a leading international law firm (spending six months on secondment at each of a large international banking and financial services company and a major international airline).

Mr. Garrett is the author or co-author of a number of publications, including most recently: “5 GDPR Compliance Tips From UK Ticketmaster Fraud Fine,” Law360 (December, 2020); “Schrems II – Where are we now?,” Compliance & Enforcement (August, 2020); “Personal Data Flows from the European Union,” EMPEA Legal & Regulatory Bulletin, Issue No. 27 (May, 2019); “You Want What?: Responding to Individual Requests Under the GDPR,” Compliance & Enforcement (July, 2018); “Draft GDPR Transparency Guidelines Issues: What Does Your Privacy Policy Need To Contain?,” Pratt’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report (June, 2018); “Cross-Border Transfers of Data: Changing Times,” Practical Law Company Magazine (June, 2016); “Non-Compete Clauses In The Spotlight,” Insurance Day (May, 2016); “The ECHR’s Decision On Personal Emails Is Not A Snooper’s Charter,” Insurance Day (March, 2016); “TUPE Changes: The Government Responds,” Practical Law Company Magazine (October, 2013); “Service Provision Changes: Limits Identified,” Practical Law Company Magazine (November, 2012); “Update: Are You A Partner Or Employee?,” Private Equity Manager (June, 2012); “TUPE And Administration: Certainty, But At What Cost?,” Practical Law Company Magazine (March, 2012); and “Employee Data,” Practical Law Company Magazine (November, 2011).

Mr. Garrett was admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2003.

Education

  • Nottingham Law School, 2001, L.P.C.
  • University of Cardiff, 2000, LL.B.

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales