Grace is a commercial and intellectual property lawyer based in Kingston, Jamaica. She has worked with local and international clients in a diverse range of sectors looking to do business in Jamaica or Jamaican entities with regional or international corporate aspirations. Her practice covers commercial law, intellectual property, technology and technology transactions, e-commerce, trade, regulatory matters, cybersecurity, data protection, corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions. A Chevening Scholar, she attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from which she obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Competition, Trade and Innovation with a focus on technology regulation.
Grace has been consistently ranked as a leading trademark professional in the Caribbean by the World Trade Mark Review (WTR) since 2014. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPPE), an accreditation given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and was an ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) Fellow for the years 2017-2019. She currently sits on the Legislation and Regulations Committee of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce as well as the Commercial and Intellectual Property Committees of the Jamaica Bar Association.
The Caribbean has seen critical issues in regard to its data privacy regulations and has been slow in adopting comprehensive laws that provide formal legal structures for data transfers and protection. Currently, fifteen privacy laws have been passed, with Jamaica being the most recent by passing its Data Protection Act, 2020. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago are currently amending their own privacy law in accordance with the GDPR. This panel will discuss the future of the Caribbean’s Data Protection Regime and the possibility of a collaborative regional approach towards data protection, as well as harmonisation with international standards.