5 Questions to Find Out if a Law Firm is a Cybercrime/Data Breach Expert
The best way to make an organisation pay for a data breach is to use a specialist lawyer. But how can you be sure if this is the case? Here are five questions to find out if your solicitor is a data breach expert before you appoint them to your case.
1. Does your firm deal exclusively with data breach law?
A niche data breach law firm will employ specialists in data breach law. But more than this, if you use a firm that only deals with one type of law, you can be sure that everyone – from the person who first picks up your call to the managing director – also has experience in this area. And, rather than having to compete with different departments for budget – all the resources of the firm will go towards enhancing its area of expertise.
2. How long have you been doing data breach cases for?
Data breach and cybercrime breaches are a relatively new and evolving area of law, so it can be difficult to find specialists. But there are experts out there.
Ask your preferred law firm how long they have been working on data breach cases for, whether they have won any awards for their work, and if they partner with other experts (such as barristers) to help win their cases.
3. Who will be helping me?
With more and more legal services delivered online, it’s important to know if you will be working with a data breach expert. Ask for the name and experience of the person leading your case. You can check out our expert team here.
4. What can you help me claim for?
Many claims management companies are more concerned about making fast cash than helping victims. So, while they might help you get some money back for a data breach, they are less concerned about ensuring you are fully compensated for the long-term and often physiological effects.
Typically, a specialist data breach law firm will help you to claim for:
- The breach of privacy itself
- Any money lost (e.g. if a cybercriminal used your bank card)
- Stress, worry, and anxiety
- Any recognised psychological injury
- The effect that the leak has had on your social and home life
- Any loss of earnings as a direct result of the breach (e.g. if you need time off work or lose your job)
- The loss of future earnings (e.g. if you have to drop out of university)
- Any expenses that you have had to pay as a result of the data breach (e.g. private medical care, travel expenses, accommodation, etc.).
5. Can I see what other clients think of you?
Most solicitors will tell you that they are great at what they do. But you don’t have to take their word for it. Have a look at their website to see if it includes any testimonials to find out what other people think about working with them.
About Hayes Connor Solicitors – the data breach experts
Over the past few years, Hayes Connor has become leading provider of data breach legal services. It is all we do, and, because we have been doing this for longer than most, we lead our field when it comes to understanding the complexities involved. Before that, we worked on different types of compensation claims. And, with over 50 years’ experience helping our clients secure the justice they deserve, our solicitors work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for you.
Because we understand that the full impact of a data breach is often not felt until months after the initial violation, we take a long-term view when it comes to claiming compensation on your behalf. But more than this, we also help you get your life back on track ASAP.