James Kelliher

James Kelliher


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James Kelliher


As one of the first members of staff to have joined Hayes Connor from Forster Dean, I have played a crucial role in helping to develop our practice into the UK’s first dedicated data protection breach law firm.

I dedicate my time to review and progress each case to the best of my ability. I explain the claims process in detail to my clients, updating them throughout. I engage with defendants on a regular basis, in an attempt to narrow the issues and come to an amicable and reasonable resolution – always in the best interest of my clients.

I have vast experience and have been successful on a number of multi-claimant, and group actions claims.

I am also Hayes Connor’s Certified Data Protection Officer, providing immediate strategic advice for our clients and staff with data protection issues.

As part of this role, I am responsible for providing all employees with data protection training to fall in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). I assist to monitor internal compliance, inform and advise on data protection obligations, provide advice regarding Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs), Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR) and I act as a contact point for data subjects and the supervisory authority.


I studied Business & Information Technology at University and prior to embarking upon my legal career I spent many years assisting and supporting victims of serious crime whilst working at Victim Support.

During my time with Victim Support, I worked closely with multi-agencies, police forces and local authorities and played a leading role in helping people to obtain compensation for criminal injuries.

In my legal career I have vast experience of managing a team of legal assistants and fee earners, helping and assisting them to develop within their roles. This includes providing training, mentoring and support where needed.

Personal Interests

When I am not in work, I mostly enjoy spending time with my family. I am married, and have two amazing young children, and two guinea pigs (Ariel and Oreo).

I also enjoy playing football, running, and visiting new places and countries when I get the chance.