Finding Specialist Data Breach Solicitors

By Danielle Newton. Last Updated 31st July 2023. This guide will explain how you can locate specialised data breach solicitors who could help you receive compensation. While data breach claims aren’t reliant on you using a solicitor, we will explain the benefits of using the services of solicitors to claim. Furthermore, we will answer such questions as, “what is a breach of UK GDPR?” and “how much do No Win No Fee solicitors take?”

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This is a guide to seeking the help of data breach solicitors

You can speak to our helpful and friendly advisors, who give legal advice that’s completely free. They’re available 24/7. What’s more, they can tell you if you’re able to claim and provide you with a compensation estimate.

Additionally, they can connect you with No Win No Fee data protection breach solicitors from our panel who could help you receive compensation. However, please bear in mind that you’re under no obligation to proceed with these services should you call us. 

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Please continue reading to find out about finding data breach solicitors. 

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  1. Why Do I Need Specialist Data Breach Solicitors?
  2. Can You Get Compensation For Breach Of Data Protection?
  3. What Should I Look For When Choosing A Data Breach Solicitor?
  4. Data Breach Lawyers – Do I Need To Stay Local?
  5. How Much Do Data Breach Solicitors Charge?
  6. Data Protection Breach Solicitors – Does My Claim Have A Time Limit?
  7. Calculating GDPR And Data Breach Claims
  8. Contact Our Data Breach Solicitors Today

Why Do I Need Specialist Data Breach Solicitors?

A lawyer or solicitor specialise in particular areas of law to provide services that are tailored to your requirements. For example, a data breach lawyer has experience in that field, meaning their knowledge could help you receive compensation following a data breach. 

What Data Breaches Could I Claim For?

Any third party that holds some of your personal data is either a data controller or data processor. Personal information/data is information that can identify you. Examples of personal data include your name, address, date of birth, email address and phone number. Furthermore, they could also hold sensitive financial information, such as your bank account details and any relevant password needed to access it. 

This is why data controllers and processors operate under strict regulations. In the UK, their legal obligations for managing personal information are defined in the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018

A personal data breach happens when a breach in security leads to the loss, alteration, destruction, disclosure of or access to personal information. This can happen deliberately or accidentally.

Data breach claims occur when a data controller or processor mishandles your data by not adhering to the relevant laws and a data breach results. Examples of incidents where you may be able to claim include if a credit card company emails your bank details to the wrong person or if social services send your personal data to the wrong address. However, it’s important to note that they would need to have shown positive wrongful conduct in order for you to potentially receive compensation. 

So, if a company sent your personal information to the wrong address because you hadn’t made them aware that you had moved, you may not be able to claim because it was ultimately your error that resulted in this happening. Additionally, for your claim to be successful, you would also need to suffer harm, whether financially or mentally, due to the breach. We will go into detail about this further in the article. 

You can contact us if you’d like to know more about this. Our advisors would be more than happy to help with any questions or queries you may have. Contact our team for free using the above details. 

How Many People Are Impacted By Data Breaches?

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport provides UK data breach statistics from the results of annual cybersecurity surveys. The survey aims to monitor data processors and controllers to examine potential issues surrounding UK GDPR. The data indicates ways companies can improve by highlighting data security trends and patterns. 

As you can see above, the survey monitors the percentage of businesses where directors, trustees or other senior managers see cybersecurity as a high priority. 

In 2016, this figure was 69%. In 2021, the figure rose to 77%. However, this only tells part of the story as that figure is lower than in 2020. Furthermore, this also means that over 20% of senior management in businesses seemingly do not feel as if cybersecurity is a high priority.

While this doesn’t indicate how many data breach claims were made because of this, it does show that there may still be improvements that could be made to cybersecurity and the way data processors and controllers see it. 

Can You Get Compensation For Breach Of Data Protection?

If your personal data was compromised in a breach, you might be entitled to compensation under Article 82 of the UK GDPR. However, all data breach claims need to meet certain edibility criteria. You must be able to prove that:

  • The data controller or processor failed to adhere to the data protection laws. A data controller decides how your data will be processed and is typically an organisation. A data processor processes data on behalf of a data controller and is usually an external organisation or agency.
  • As a result of this failure, your personal data was breached.
  • Due to this, you suffered either financial or mental harm.

If you have any questions about how data breach solicitors can with your claim, get in touch with one of our advisors from our team. They can also assess the potential of your claim, and if it seems valid, they could connect you to one of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel.

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Data Breach Solicitor?

Many factors could determine the data breach solicitors you choose to hire. Should you choose legal representation, it’s important that you’re comfortable with your decision. When seeking data breach compensation, you want a solicitor that you feel is knowledgeable and experienced enough to handle your case. 

Ask What Experience They Have In Handling Data Breach Claims

You may want more information about how to choose a solicitor. Important factors include:

  • How experienced the solicitor is
  • The type of claims they specialise in
  • How often their work results in the client receiving compensation
  • The fees they charge. For example, you may find it more financially beneficial to use data breach solicitors that work for you on a No Win No Fee basis.    

To learn how you could find solicitors specialising in the Data Protection Act, please contact our advisors who offer free legal guidance. You can contact them using the above details. 

Data Breach Lawyers – Do I Need To Stay Local?

The experience and expertise that a data breach solicitor could offer you is generally more important than where they are based in the UK.

You are not limited to working with local lawyers – several firms offer nationwide services meaning you could have access to data breach lawyers outside of your local area. Generally, most aspects of the claims process can be handled online. If you would like to meet your solicitor in person, this can still be arranged.

If you would like to learn about how to claim for a data protection breach with solicitors outside your local area, please reach out to one of our advisers.

How Much Do Data Breach Solicitors Charge?

The benefits of using data breach solicitors under a No Win No Fee agreement include: 

  • No hidden fees or costs. They will clarify all potential fees before you agree to use their services. 
  • Only paying your solicitor’s fee at the end of the claim. You would only pay this if your claim was successful. This is known as a ‘success fee’.
  • They would take a small, legally capped amount of your compensation to cover their work.

Furthermore, the benefit of using data protection breach solicitors in this way means that you wouldn’t need to pay the success fee upfront. This is why it can be more seen as more financially beneficial for you to use the services of the solicitor under a No Win No Fee agreement.  

Data Protection Breach Solicitors – Does My Claim Have A Time Limit?

You generally have a time limit of 6 years to start a claim against an organisation for causing you harm.

This time limit can depend on the type of organisation you are claiming against. The time limit for legal action against public bodies tends to be one year.

We would advise that you reach out to a data breach solicitor for information about your time limit to claim. A data breach lawyer can inform you whether you are still within your time limit to claim.

To learn more about your time limit to claim for a data protection breach or how solicitors can help you claim, please get in touch with one of our advisers.

Calculating GDPR And Data Breach Claims

You may be able to claim up to two types of damages when making data breach claims: material damages (financial) and non-material damages (psychological). The ruling in the case of Vidal-Hall and others v Google Inc [2015] means that you don’t have to suffer material damages for you to claim non-material damages. You could claim for either or both.

The material damages you can claim partly depends on the value of financial losses you’re able to prove. This would involve providing receipts, invoices and bank statements, for example. However, work from the Judicial College can provide you with greater insight into what you could receive for psychological damage. They analyse payouts, comparing them to the extent of the injury caused. 

You can see examples of the compensation brackets they’ve created below. We cannot guarantee you will receive these compensation amounts through a claim as many aspects determine the compensation you could receive. 

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Type of Injury Severity Amount of Compensation Description
Psychiatric Damage Generally Severe £54,830 to £115,730 In this bracket, the injured party experiences marked problems coping with life and relationships. The prognosis is very poor.
Psychiatric Damage Generally Moderately Severe £19,070 to £54,830 Claimants in this bracket suffer significant problems coping with life and relationships. However, the prognosis is better than in more severe cases.
Psychiatric Damage Generally Moderate £5,860 to £19,070 There will be problems with the injured person’s ability to cope with work, life, education and their interpersonal relationships. However, a marked improvement will be noted by trial leading to a good prognosis.
Psychiatric Damage Generally Less Severe £1,540 to £5,860 The amount rewarded for this category depends on factors including the period of time that the injured person has been affected by the disability and the degree to which daily activities and sleep have been impacted.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Severe £59,860 to £100,670 In this bracket, the injured party suffers permanent symptoms that prevent them from functioning at pre-trauma levels, impacting all areas of their life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Moderately Severe £23,150 to £59,860 The claimant will need professional help for a better prognosis than more severe cases. The symptoms are likely to cause significant disability lasting into the foreseeable future.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Moderate £8,180 to £23,150 This bracket is for cases where the injured person will have largely recovered. However, any symptoms that are continuous will not be particularly disabling.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Less Severe £3,950 to £8,180 An almost complete recovery will be made within a year or two. As such, if any symptoms last longer than two years, they will only be minor.

If you’d like a free estimate of what you could claim, why not contact our advisors today?

Contact Our Data Breach Solicitors Today

If you still have queries about the benefits of using our panel of data breach solicitors, you can contact our team of advisors today. They can be contacted completely for free, offer legal advice and can tell you if you’re able to claim. They can answer any queries you have on a no-obligation basis. Furthermore, they can also connect you with data breach solicitors from our panel who could work your case on a No Win No Fee basis. 

To see if you can claim, contact us using the below details. 

  • Call us: 0800 408 7825
  • Send us your query through our website
  • Write to us using the chat bubble

How A Legal Expert Could Help You

Please use the below links to learn more about using the services of data breach solicitors. 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is an independent authority regulating your information rights. Use their website to learn more about personal data breaches

Learn how to make an army data breach claim with our guide.

You can also directly complain to the third party if you feel they’ve breached your personal data. Learn more about that on the ICO website. 

Would you like to know more about how to access mental health services? If so, read this article on the NHS website. 

Head here to check out a possible data breach compensation amount.

You may be able to claim if a third party has sent your personal information to the wrong email address. Read this on our website to know more. 

Third parties could potentially be claimed against for failing to use BCC in emails. 

Have you suffered negatively from a pharmacy data breach? If so, read this to see if you can claim. 

If you’d like to learn more about the Southern Water data breach, head here.

You can also read up on data protection breach examples.

Our panel of data breach solicitors can help you receive compensation for a breach of your personal information. Contact us using the above details to learn more. 

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