Sharon R. Zachariah

Partner, Head of Commercial and Data Protection

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Sharon has widely recognised expertise in UK and international commercial contracts, and IT contracts for software as a service (SaaS), fintech, adtech, software resale, maintenance and support, and platform as a service (PaaS) to name a few.

As a respected commercial lawyer and a CIPP/E (Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe) data protection professional, Sharon has sought-after experience in contracts for:

  • Technology
  • Data privacy
  • Agency and distribution
  • Consultancy
  • Staffing
  • Science and innovation

Her experience has been gained in a wide range of sectors, including banking, technology, hospitality, media, recruitment, insurance, events, research and education.

Sharon works with start-up companies, SME’s (small and medium-sized enterprises), tech entrepreneurs as well as multinational companies on all aspects of commercial contract negotiations and collaborative contracting.

During her legal career, she has devised and delivered:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) projects
  • Process improvements for in-house legal departments
  • Contract template banks
  • Contract databases

As a multilingual lawyer known for her communication skills, Sharon can quickly gauge a client’s business needs and the best ways of meeting them.  She is adept at making clients aware of both the practical, commercial and legal risks they face and the best ways of managing and minimising them.

Sharon has been a contracts specialist for approximately 13 years. She joined Waterfront in September 2021 to lead the commercial and data protection department and became a partner in May 2022.

Sharon is a member of IAPP (the International Association of Privacy Professionals).

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Sharon R. Zachariah

Partner, Head of Commercial and Data Protection

Recent Work

  • Negotiating a complex framework agreement with a major insurance company on behalf of an SME in the IT sector.
  • Drafting an intra-group agreement for a successful, international tech business that became a client as a start-up some years ago.
  • Negotiating a framework agreement with a major communications company on behalf of an SME in the IT sector.
  • Working closely with clients who do not have an in-house team to provide ad hoc advice.
  • Sharon’s experience and expertise are unbeatable. She goes above and beyond for our early-stage start-up, providing expeditious creation and explanation of our legal documents. We leave each conversation with clear answers and confidence so we can maintain focus on advancing our technology and scaling our business. Parallel Carbon Limited
  • We work with Sharon Zachariah on various commercial and contractual legal matters. We are very happy with the quality of Sharon’s work to support our business. I have worked with lawyers and law firms in 70 countries my entire financial services career (30+ years).  I really appreciate Sharon’s qualities of responsiveness to client requests, attention to detail yet practical, business relevant advice and support. CEO of global compliance consultancy
  • IAPP (the International Association of Privacy Professionals)
  • Sharon’s experience and expertise are unbeatable. She goes above and beyond for our early-stage start-up, providing expeditious creation and explanation of our legal documents.
    Parallel Carbon Limited
  • We work with Sharon Zachariah on various commercial and contractual legal matters. We are very happy with the quality of Sharon’s work to support our business. I have worked with lawyers and law firms in 70 countries my entire financial services career (30+ years). I really appreciate Sharon’s qualities of responsiveness to client requests, attention to detail yet practical, business relevant advice and support.
    CEO of global compliance consultancy