Jonathan Armstrong

Partner, Cordery

Jonathan is an experienced lawyer based in London with a concentration on compliance & technology. His practice includes advising multinational companies on risk and compliance across Europe.  Jonathan gives legal and compliance advice to household name corporations on:

  • Prevention (e.g. putting in place policies and procedures);
  • Training (including state of the art video learning); and
  • Cure (such as internal investigations and dealing with regulatory authorities).

Jonathan has handled legal matters in more than 60 countries covering a wide range of compliance issues.  He made one of the first GDPR data breach reports on behalf of a lawyer who had compromised sensitive personal data and he has been particularly active in advising clients on their response to GDPR.  He has conducted a wide range of investigations of various shapes and sizes (some as a result of whistleblowers), worked on data breaches (including major ransomware attacks), a request to appear before a UK Parliamentary enquiry, UK Bribery Act 2010, slavery, ESG & supply chain issues, helped businesses move sales online or enter new markets and managed ethics & compliance code implementation.  Clients include Fortune 250 organisations & household names in manufacturing, technology, healthcare, luxury goods, automotive, construction & financial services.  Jonathan is also regarded as an acknowledged expert in AI and he currently serves on the New York State Bar Association’s AI Task Force looking at the impact of AI on law and regulation.

Jonathan is a co-author of LexisNexis’ definitive work on technology law, “Managing Risk: Technology & Communications”.  He is a frequent broadcaster for the BBC and appeared on BBC News 24 as the studio guest on the Walport Review.  He is also a regular contributor to the Everything Compliance & Life with GDPR podcasts.  In addition to being a lawyer, Jonathan is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing.  He has spoken at conferences in the US, Japan, Canada, China, Brazil, Singapore, Vietnam, the Middle East & across Europe.

Jonathan qualified as a lawyer in the UK in 1991 and has focused on technology and risk and governance matters for more than 25 years.  He is regarded as a leading expert in compliance matters.  Jonathan has been selected as one of the Thomson Reuters stand-out lawyers for 2023 – an honour bestowed on him every year since the survey began.  In April 2017 Thomson Reuters listed Jonathan as the 6th most influential figure in risk, compliance and fintech in the UK.  In 2016 Jonathan was ranked as the 14th most influential figure in data security worldwide by Onalytica.  In 2019 Jonathan was the recipient of a Security Serious Unsung Heroes Award for his work in Information Security.  Jonathan is listed as a Super Lawyer and has been listed in Legal Experts from 2002 to date. 

Jonathan is the former trustee of a children’s music charity and the longstanding Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Rapid Response Taskforce which has led the response to world events in a number of countries including Afghanistan, France, Pakistan, Poland & Ukraine.