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Hayes Connor Solicitors sponsors Warrington Wolves’ marquee signing Gareth Widdop

Data breach and cybersecurity specialist Hayes Connor Solicitors has agreed to sponsor accomplished Great Britain international half back Gareth Widdop as he joins Super League team Warrington Wolves RLFC on a three-year contract.

The 30-year-old, who joins from Melbourne team St George Illawarra Dragons, is known as a strong goal kicker and is described by the club’s chief executive as its biggest signing in its 144-year history.

Dan Thompson, director at data breach and cybersecurity specialist Hayes Connor Solicitors said: “As a long term fan of the Warrington Wolves, it’s very exciting to have such a high calibre player signed to the team and we are delighted to be sponsoring Gareth as he progresses his impressive career at the club.

“It’s going to be a strong season, he compliments an already robust team and a club that has demonstrated great ambitions. We hope he recovers well from his injury and look forward to watching him in action as the club goes from strength to strength.”

Ash Moore, commercial account manager at the Warrington Wolves commented: “Gareth is a great addition for us, and we are very pleased to welcome Hayes Connor as his sponsor. We believe that we will have a strong season and all our sponsors play a key role in both the success of the players and the entire organisation”

The first fixture takes place away against the Wigan Warriors on Thursday 30th January.

Hayes Connor Solicitors advises the Communication Workers Union and is currently acting for thousands of claimants with data breach claims against Ticketmaster, Equifax, Marriott International, TeamSport, Dixons Carphone and the Police Federation of England and Wales.

 

thebusinessdesk.com, 13th January 2020

Following news that the ICO is to fine Dixons Carphone Warehouse £500,000 following its significant data breach, Kingsley Hayes told thebusinessdesk about the firm’s plans to launch a group action against Dixons representing hundreds of affected individuals.

Hayes Connor to launch group action following ICO Dixons fine

Data protection specialist Hayes Connor Solicitors will be launching a group action against Dixons Carphone Warehouse after the ICO announced a £500,000 fine last week following the group’s significant data breach in 2018.

The retailer, which owns Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores, admitted in 2018 that an undetected cyber-attack took place over a nine-month period between July 2017 and April 2018 exposing the card details of 5.6 million customers, and the personal details of 14 million individuals.

Kingsley Hayes, managing director at data breach and cybersecurity specialist Hayes Connor Solicitors, said: “The ICO’s decision has been long awaited and is the maximum fine that can be imposed on breaches that occurred before GDPR came into force. We submitted a disclosure request to Dixons in 2018 but it refused to answer until after the ICO’s decision.

“We have now recommenced that process and expect that in the coming months a group action will be launched. The data breach has exposed millions of its customers to potential identity fraud which could include fake bank accounts being opened in their name, fake credit applications and access to existing bank accounts.

“The ICO’s investigation found Dixons responsible for multiple failings including having inadequate software patches to prevent the cyber-attack, the absence of a local firewall and a lack of network segregation and routine system tests.

“As a result of its inadequate cybersecurity, millions of Dixons’ customers will have suffered, or are at a risk of, significant financial losses. The psychological stress following such a breach cannot be underestimated with clients often reporting anxiety and depression following a breach of their personal data and this can have an impact on every aspect of a victim’s life.”

The ICO investigation into the Dixons Carphone Warehouse data breach found that the cyber-attack comprised malicious software installed on 5,390 tills in branches of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores.

Kingsley Hayes continued: “Dixons has been extremely lucky that this cybersecurity wake up call took place prior to GDPR with the breach taking place over a nine month period up to just one month prior to GDPR coming into force.

“With an annual turnover of £billions, the penalties had the incident continued after 25th May 2018 would have proved extremely damaging. With the high street already facing significant challenges, businesses in the retail sector should heed the warning and ensure that watertight cybersecurity is in place before consumer confidence is further eroded.”

Hayes Connor Solicitors was the first firm to serve a representative data breach claim in the High Court following the Court of Appeal’s ground-breaking ruling on 2nd October 2019. The ruling stated that law firms could bring representative action on behalf of just one individual to potentially win damages for the entire affected population. The action against Equifax has a total estimated value of £100 million.

Hayes Connor is the data protection advisor to the Communication Workers Union and is currently acting for thousands of claimants with data breach action against Ticketmaster, Equifax, Marriott International, TeamSport, Yahoo and the Police Federation of England and Wales.

 

bppmedia, 2nd January 2020

We featured in bppmedia with news that Hayes Connor has once again been shortlisted in two categories in the Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards. We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Boutique Law Firm of the Year and Marketing and Communications Strategy awards for the second year running.

Today’s Legal Cyber Risk, 18th December 2019

We were pleased to feature in Today’s Legal Cyber Risk with news that Hayes Connor has been shortlisted in two categories at the Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards for the second year running.

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Hayes Connor shortlisted for two Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards for second year running

We are delighted to announce that Hayes Connor Solicitors has been shortlisted in two categories for the Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards 2020. This is the second year running that our achievements have been recognised by the award panel.

The prestigious awards celebrate and identify sparkling talent and success in the modern legal services arena. They also showcase and set the benchmark for best practice in the ever diverse, challenging and exciting legal landscape.

In the 2020 awards, as in 2019, Hayes Connor is on the shortlist for Boutique Law Firm of the Year and Marketing and Communications Strategy. The Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards 2020 will be held at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on 6th February 2020.

Boutique Law Firm of the Year

The boutique law firm of the year category honours firms that specialise in a niche area of law. In our case, data breach and cybercrime. Last year, we were highly commended for our work in this area at the final awards ceremony.

Marketing and Communication Strategy of the Year

The Marketing and Communication Strategy of the Year class looks at firms which have shown exceptional originality and innovative thinking in this area.

A very busy year ay Hayes Connor

Commenting on the honour, our MD Kingsley Hayes said:

“The Hayes Connor team is committed to exceeding client expectations, so we are delighted to be recognised once again by the Modern Law Awards’ panel of industry experts.”

This award shortlisting recognises a very busy year ay Hayes Connor. Over the past 12 months, our firm has rapidly grown from six to 15 employees as we actively pursue a number of global organisations who have failed in their data protection obligations.

Appointed as data protection supplier to the Communication Workers Union, we are also currently acting for thousands of claimants with data breach action against the likes of Ticketmaster, Equifax, Marriott International, TeamSport, Dixons Carphone, Yahoo, OnePlus and the Police Federation of England and Wales.

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Hayes Connor shortlisted for two Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards for second year running

Data breach and cybersecurity specialist Hayes Connor Solicitors has been shortlisted by the Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards 2020 for the Boutique Law Firm of the Year (11+ Employees) and Marketing and Communications Strategy categories for the second year running.

The firm, currently representing thousands of clients with multi-party data breach actions including against Ticketmaster, British Airways and Equifax, won the Highly Commended award for Boutique Law Firm of the Year (1-10 Employees) in January 2019.

Kingsley Hayes, managing director at data breach and cybersecurity specialist Hayes Connor Solicitors, said: “The team is committed to exceeding client expectations, we are delighted to be recognised once again by the Modern Law Awards’ panel of industry experts. Hayes Connor has rapidly grown in the past 12 months from 6 to 15 employees as we actively pursue a number of global organisations who have failed in their data protection obligations.”

Hayes Connor was the first firm to serve a representative data breach claim in the High Court following the Court of Appeal’s ground-breaking ruling on 2nd October. The action against Equifax has a total estimated value of £100 million.

The firm is appointed as data protection supplier to the Communication Workers Union and is currently acting for thousands of claimants with data breach action against Ticketmaster, Equifax, Marriott International, TeamSport, Dixons Carphone, Yahoo, OnePlus and the Police Federation of England and Wales.

The Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards 2020 will be held at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on 6th February 2020.

 

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Digital Guardian, 15th December 2019

We talked to the Digital Guardian about the importance of behavioural analysis, and the impact this has on data protection, with more than three quarters of data breaches taking place as a result of preventable human error. Analysing behaviour to identify how these risks can be mitigated is key says Kingsley Hayes.

Sunday Times, 15th December 2019

Kingsley Hayes spoke to the Sunday Times about the Hayes Connor data breach action against Ticketmaster. Individuals who were affected by the breach who have yet to claim compensation – whether or not they have suffered any actual loss to date – may still join the action.

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Top tips to keep you safe following a data breach

If you have been the victim of a data breach, it is vital that you know how to react.

Here’s what you should do as soon as you find out that your data has been breached

  • Follow any security instructions provided to you by the company which breached your data
  • Contact your bank or credit card provider and let them know what has happened
  • Keep an eye out for any bills or emails about goods or services you haven’t ordered
  • Check your bank statements regularly and alert your bank if there is any suspicious activity
  • Keep an eye on your credit score for any unexpected dips
  • Call Credit, Experian and Equifax to ensure credit isn’t taken out in your name
  • Do not click on any suspicious links. This could result in you giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details
  • Always question uninvited emails, calls etc. in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know on social media and review your privacy settings
  • Report any suspected phishing attempts to the police and Action Fraud
  • Register with the Cifas protective registration service. This will slow down credit applications made in your name with additional verification checks made to ascertain that the applicant is actually you
  • Change your passwords and use a different password for every account (if you are worried about remembering them all you could sign up to a password manager)
  • Make sure your devices are protected by up-to-date internet security software
  • Contact the ICO to let them know about your concerns. The ICO might investigate the data breach and, while it does not award data breach compensation, if it believes that the organisation in question broke the law, you can use this information in court to help prove your claim.

Make a data breach compensation claim

Organisations have an obligation to protect your sensitive data, but they are consistently failing in this duty resulting in data breaches which cause misery and upset to people across the UK.

We are helping people to get compensation for this inability to look after their information correctly. And we can do the same for you.

If you have been the victim of a data breach and you want to make a data breach compensation claim – for loss of money, emotional distress, or loss of privacy – you should contact Hayes Connor Solicitors.

Our expert, online fraud and data protection solicitors will advise you on whether you have a valid claim and will be pleased to answer any questions you might have.

Our initial assessment is always free. We’ll ensure that you are fully informed on this matter and will notify you about your legal rights when making a claim.

For more advice on how to keep your data safe, follow our #NotJustHackers campaign on Twitter and Facebook.