Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons is a full-service international law firm. We respond to the pressures and opportunities facing businesses globally with legal excellence and innovation.

With office locations on four continents, wherever your commercial interests take you, we have the footprint and expertise to provide support. We recognise that giving a first class service goes beyond just legal excellence. A deep understanding of local cultural and commercial issues, and an innovative approach, underpins all of our advice. We understand the key political, economic, commercial and regulatory issues, helping to minimise risk and maximise opportunities. Pinsent Masons has many years’ experience working with international data privacy laws to assist clients in navigating the complex range of laws governing the use of personal information and, of equal importance, the range of approaches among regulators, courts and the individuals themselves.

We assist multi-national and multi-jurisdictional institutions with European and Global information and data activities of a number of major UK and overseas data controllers across a number of sectors - notably, financial services, life sciences, retail and public sector.


Hong Kong
Pinsent Masons
50th Floor
Central Plaza
18 Harbour Road
Wan Chai
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2521 5621





Paul Haswell

 +44 7554 403 022

Paul is head of the TMT practice in Asia, specialising in technology (including telecoms and data protection) and advising clients on both non-contentious issues and disputes. Paul's expertise is international in scope, and he has assisted clients on large scale IT and telecommunications matters in the UK, China, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Europe. He has extensive experience of advising in relation to commercial contracts, outsourcing arrangements, complex IT and telecoms projects and the disputes that can arise from these.

Paul ensures he is active, not just with the legal aspects of a project, but with the technical considerations too, working closely with all involved in a project. He is respected by his clients for his ability to provide coherent and commercial advice and for being "unflappable" in the face of often complex issues. Paul is a regular speaker on technology matters, most recently advising organisations what to do if they suspect they have been the victim of a data breach, and often quoted in the press for his views on legal developments in the technology sphere. He lectures regularly in Asia, including on the topics of restrictive covenants, cyber security cloud computing, data protection and social media. Paul is on the board for TEDX Wan Chai, where he arranges their annual event, bringing together speakers from around the globe to Hong Kong. He also works with Community Business in Hong Kong to raise awareness of social issues impacting the Hong Kong community and how businesses can help. Paul is recognised as a leading lawyer for TMT for both Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 in Hong Kong.

What is the INPLP?

INPLP is a not-for-profit international network of qualified professionals providing expert counsel on legal and compliance issues relating to data privacy and associated matters. INPLP provides targeted and concise guidance, multi-jurisdictional views and practical information to address the ever-increasing and intensifying field of data protection challenges. INPLP fulfils its mission by sharing know-how, conducting joint research into data processing practices and engaging proactively in international cooperation in both the private and public sectors.