ePrivacy – Myths dispelled, traps avoided | Ben Travers

A ‘year on’ from GDPR, further changes to ePrivacy have been announced, Ben Travers, Head of IP & IT at Stephens Scown will give some updates, tips and tricks…

Name: Ben Travers

Job role: Head of IP & IT Law at Stephens Scown

Biggest passion: Learning new things

What motivates you to do what you do?

Building a team which breaks the mould, enabling us to offer advice in innovative ways which make a real difference to the businesses we work with.  That, and the privilege of being invited in by businesses to learn what makes them tick so that we can really help them to meet their goals – no two are alike.

How do you start your mornings?

If there is time (which there usually isn’t!) a run along the river.

What does a ‘typical’ day at work look like?

Varied! We might be assisting a client with the legals around a new marketing campaign, seizing counterfeit goods or helping with a new product launch. The sheer breadth of areas we work in means there is never a dull moment.

Who do you lunch with?

I spend most of my time on the road visiting clients so I’m usually catching up with over a coffee finding out about them and their business.

When are you most productive?


What one thing do you try to do every day?

Remember how lucky we are to do what we love, but not take for granted the long road to get here!

What was your talk about?

There’s been lots of noise and bad advice about changes to privacy law,  leading to many making bad commercial decisions.  I’ll dispel some key myths in this area to help businesses only take the action they need to whilst avoiding the main traps.

What is the best resource for people who want to dive in deeper?


What is the one app/website/blog/newsletter that you wish was your idea?

This changes all the time, currently, Zombies, Run – the gamification of exercise.

What is the biggest challenge in the [field/topic/industry] at the moment?

Getting businesses to understand that the law in this field (data protection, IP/IT and tech) can be used as a tool to their advantage, not as a blocker.

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Ben! If you want to find out more about Stephens Scowns, check out their website or take a look at their social media!