Peter Craddock – about & contact

Peter Craddock

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Legal technologist, combining legal practice with software development:

  • Legal practice: Belgian lawyer (focus on data protection, cybersecurity and information technology law) with a strong EU law background.
    Specific legal expertise: privacy & data protection, cybersecurity, cookies & online advertising, IT contracts & litigation, digital identity, e-commerce.
  • Legal innovation: developer of a variety of IT tools used in day-today legal practice, including Notify (data breach assessment), document automation software, DPIA tool, etc.

A few traits: entrepreneurial, business-minded, orator, “Di” DiSC profile.

What makes me different

I’m a lawyer who writes software. The combination of legal expertise and technical IT know-how is useful in both fields: as a lawyer, it means that I understand the tech better and am in a better position to give relevant advice, or draft a contract that makes sense; as a developer, it means that I know what software tools lawyers need in their daily work… and what their clients need.

The work I am doing right now

Current legal work:

Lawyer @ NautaDutilh (Brussels, Belgium)
Partner – Tech & Data Law – head of the Brussels team for Privacy, Cybersecurity & IT law at the law firm NautaDutilh, within the broader Intellectual Property team.
Focus: data protection law, cybersecurity law, information technology law and marketing law, as well as intellectual property law and commercial law more generally.
Joined November 2019; Partner since April 2021

Recent software development work:

Development of a data breach severity assessment tool – industry recognition: “Highly Commended”, 2019 Financial Times “Innovative Lawyers” awards.
Notify is a self-contained web application designed to bring consistency and accountability into breach response handling, by banishing gut feeling and replacing it with an objective & quantitative assessment and helping organisations document their handling of a personal data breach.
Development of a fully featured document generator (document automation), initially for contracts but made broader (more information on the Karla website).
Karla allows you to rapidly and easily create personalised documents based on your own contract templates.
Miscellaneous projects
Ongoing maintenance & improvement of the Interest Calculator (see below) as well as smaller apps.

Spoken & supported languages

Languages in the everyday sense of the word

  • English
  • French
  • Dutch

Computer languages in which I code all the time

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • Javascript
  • SQL

Some of the work I have done in the past

Previous legal work:

Lawyer @ DLA Piper (Brussels, Belgium)
Senior Lead Lawyer (Senior Associate) at the law firm DLA Piper in the Intellectual Property & Technology team, with a focus on data protection law, cybersecurity law, (industrial and information) technology law, intellectual property law and marketing law, as well as commercial law more generally.
Lead at an international level for dozens of large-scale GDPR projects (& contributor to many more), as well as for client-specific workshops & seminars on GDPR and cybersecurity.
Creator of a range of tools for GDPR projects used internationally by DLA Piper, notably Notify, which was “Highly Commended” at the 2019 Financial Times “Innovative Lawyers” awards.
January 2017 – October 2019
Senior Review Manager @ Consilio (London, UK)
Senior Review Manager, Document Review Services team: management of document review matters and team coordinator for review and redaction, using platforms such as Relativity, Clearwell and Global RPM.
July 2016 – December 2016
Assistant lecturer @ University of Namur (Namur, Belgium)
Assistant lecturer for the Comparative Law course and course of Law & Language for 3rd year undergraduate law students at the University of Namur.
September 2014 – August 2016
Lawyer @ Liedekerke (Brussels, Belgium)
Associate at the law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in the Intellectual Property & Information Technology team, with a focus on intellectual property law, (industrial and information) technology law and marketing law, as well as commercial law more generally.
January 2014 – June 2016
Member (lawyer) @ REPUTATION 365 (Brussels & Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
Member of the REPUTATION 365 team, exclusive role as go-to lawyer for legal questions relating to intellectual property, information technology and other aspects of both offline and online reputation.
May 2014 – June 2016
Lawyer @ Loyens & Loeff (Brussels, Belgium)
Junior Associate in the Technology, Media and Litigation department, working in Commercial law, Intellectual Property law & Information Technology law.
October 2010 – January 2014

Other software development work:

Interest Calculator
Web tool for computing interest, for practitioners of Belgian law. Published by Larcier, one of the largest legal publishers in Belgium, and integrated within its online legal database StradaLex, the Interest Calculator is used by legal practitioners (lawyers, judges, etc.) all over Belgium.
Miscellaneous projects
I have made many random websites or web apps, including: a statistical formula (and website implementing it) for calculating notice periods in distributorship agreements, the Brick Painter (for creating blueprints for LEGO paintings), a newsletter editor @ Loyens & Loeff, a case law monitoring tool, a timekeeping app, a URL shortener for legal links, various websites.

What I studied, and where

Master of Laws in Regulation & Technology
LL.M. @ King’s College London, London (UK), with courses on intellectual property, information technology, ethics & technology (nano, bio, neuro, …).
Dissertation: Legal Implications of Internet Filtering.
Master of Laws
Postgraduate degree in law @ UCLouvain (Université Catholique de Louvain), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), with a focus on European Union law, international business law and intellectual property law.
Master Thesis: Use of Comparative Law in European Law.
Bachelor of Laws
Undergraduate degree in law (at the same time as political science – see below) @ University of Saint-Louis, Brussels (Belgium), with a trilingual curriculum (in English, French and Dutch).
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Undergraduate degree in political science (at the same time as law – see above) @ University of Saint-Louis, Brussels (Belgium).

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