Briefed is the brainchild of barrister and legal technologist, Orlagh Kelly. 

For more than five years we have been specialising in data protection compliance, providing organisations throughout the UK and Ireland with the framework they need to ensure their company is data protection compliant, whether under current legislation or under the new EU GDPR.


Our founder, Orlagh Kelly is fast becoming the go-to person for all things GDPR in the UK.

A much sought after public speaker on the subject, talented trainer and workshop leader, Orlagh’s unique ability to interpret how GDPR legislation impacts on an individual organisation has earned her the title of GDPR Guru, discussing and informing readers on the impending GDPR legislation each fortnight within her SYNC NI column. 

Called to the Bar in 2003, Orlagh ran her own legal practice for over 12 years, representing clients in almost two thousand court cases, before starting a legal technology company and developing the first mobile practice management platform for barristers, Briefed, as featured in the Apple iTunes store and Forbes magazine.

Building on her legal and technological expertise, Orlagh created a series of Masterclasses in Data Protection, delivering these in person and online throughout the U.K. and Ireland. Market demand for Orlagh’s data protection expertise led to the creation of Briefed’s unique portfolio of specialised GDPR services: training, consultancy, compliance and certification

More than six hundred businesses have benefitted from the experience and knowledge of the Briefed team. We understand the complexities of data protection legislation, we can explain the mysteries of technological risks and we appreciate the pressure and demands on businesses in today’s economy.  Our unique and combined perspectives mean we are ideally suited to help any business with their data protection and information security responsibilities.
— Orlagh Kelly, CEO of BRIEFED


barney mcGahan, cBE

Barney leads on all Briefed GDPR Compliance projects

A Queen's University of Belfast graduate in Mathematics and Computer Science, Barney worked in the public sector for almost 40 years. Commencing his career in 1976 as a Clerical Officer for the Department of Health and Social Services, Barney went on to hold senior positions within numerous government departments; including Chief Executive Officer of the Child Support Agency, Deputy Secretary for Regional Planning and Transportation, Deputy Secretary for the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and Permanent Secretary for the Department of Regional Development. 

A fellow of the Association Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Barney served as Governor, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Board for a number of prestigious third level education institutions.

Using his extensive knowledge for the greater public good, Barney has contributed voluntarily to many aspects of public life, he was a Board member of Employers for Childcare, External Member of the NI Public Prosecution Service’s Audit Committee and a member of the Ulster District Society of the Irish Region of the ACCA. 


Caroline Boyle, LLB

Legal Consultant

With more than 15 years’ experience as a dual-qualified solicitor in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland, Caroline has significant experience in advising UK companies on governance and compliance.

Caroline delivers GDPR training and consultancy in multiple sectors including schools, charities, construction, insurance, and legal.

Caroline brings her extensive legal knowledge to the role to deliver a pragmatic, client-focused service.