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The Telegraph, 10th February 2020

Hayes Connor featured in The Telegraph following news that Chinese military hackers have been charged with the 2017 Equifax cyber attack. The malicious incident affected 15 million people in the UK with 700,000 of those having sensitive personal data stolen. Hayes Connor filed a claim in the High Court in October 2019 seeking an estimated £100 million compensation for those affected.

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 cybercrime 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 in a row

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 cybercrime 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 cybercrime 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.

 

 

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.

GDPR Weekly Show – Episode 62 – 20th October 2019

Hayes Connor featured on this week’s GDPR podcast with news of our client’s successful data breach claim against his local NHS Trust after it shared confidential details from his medical records without consent (listen from 11 minutes, 13 seconds).

The podcast also features news of the team’s landmark representative action against Equifax worth an estimated £100 million (listen from 28 minutes, 14 seconds).