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By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 1st July 2024. Finding data breach solicitors ‘near me’ can be more challenging than you think.

Data breach law is a fairly new and complex field. Data protection breaches can be caused by a range of factors, like sending out an email to the wrong person to sophisticated cyber attacks.

If you would like to work with a specialist data breach lawyer, we can help. We have a large team of experienced solicitors who are well-versed in the data breach claims process.

We can evaluate your claim in a free consultation, offer free legal advice, and provide more guidance surrounding the claims process. To get in touch and start your free consultation:

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  1. Do I Need To Work With Data Breach Solicitors Near Me?
  2. When Can Data Breach Solicitors Help Me Claim?
  3. Can Data Breach Lawyers Help Me Gather Evidence?
  4. How Much Compensation For A Data Breach Could I Receive?
  5. How Do I Know I’ve Instructed The Best Data Breach Solicitors For My Case?
  6. Do Data Breach Solicitors Work On A No Win No Fee Basis?
  7. More Helpful Links On Data Breach Compensation Claims

Do I Need To Work With Data Breach Solicitors Near Me?

If your personal information was compromised in a breach, you may ask, ‘Do I need to instruct data breach solicitors near me to work on my case?’. You aren’t limited to just working with solicitors local to you. This is because many solicitors are now able to help you over the telephone or online. Instead, if you have valid grounds for a claim, you can instruct a solicitor who specialises in data breach cases.

The benefits of having a solicitor to support your claim include ensuring that it is filed on time and in full. This is important because it could become statute-barred if you miss the time limits, and once you agree to a settlement, you cannot have the claim reopened.

In addition, an experienced solicitor can also help you obtain the evidence required to support your case and guide you through the claiming process.

One of our data protection solicitors could support your claim. They have years of experience working on these types of claims and offer their services under the terms of a No Win No Fee agreement.

An advisor can answer questions on instructing one of our specialist UK GDPR solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis.

When Can Data Breach Solicitors Help Me Claim?

Your personal data may be handled by data controllers and data processors. A controller decides the reasoning behind process your data plus it will be processed. They may also process your personal information themselves, or they may give this job to a data processor. A data processor handles the task of processing personal data on behalf of a data controller.

When handling personal data, both data controllers and processors must comply with the rules set out by legislation, the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

If your personal information has been compromised in a breach, you could have valid grounds to claim if you can prove the following:

  • Your personal information has been affected by the data breach.
  • The breach has led you to suffer financial losses and/or mental harm.
  • The data breach occurred because a data controller or data processor did not comply with data protection law.

Get in touch with our advisors for free today to learn more about your eligibility to claim and how our data breach solicitors could help.

Can Data Breach Lawyers Help Me Gather Evidence?

Evidence is a vital component in any data breach claim. You will need to prove liability for the breach of your personal data and the damage you suffered as a result. In the list below, we look at a few examples of evidence that you could obtain to help support a claim for data breach compensation:

  • A letter of notification. If your personal information is compromised in a breach, the organisation must inform you without undue delay if this breach risks your rights and freedoms. They will do this using a ‘letter of notification’.
  • Correspondence between yourself and the organisation. If you suspect your personal information has been breached, you can make a complaint to the organisation. This can be done via email or letter, copies of which could support your claim.
  • Correspondence from the ICO. Should the response from the organisation be unsatisfactory, you can report the suspected breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is an independent body set up to protect information rights in the UK. They could investigate your complaint, and any findings in support of your claim could be used as evidence.
  • Medical evidence. If you are claiming for psychological damage, you can submit a copy of your medical records.
  • Evidence of financial losses. If you suffered financial harm and would like to recover your losses, copies of your credit report or bank statements can help prove this.

A lawyer specialising in data breach compensation claims can help you gather sufficient evidence. Get in touch with an advisor to find out how a lawyer can help and for more information about evidence.

How Much Compensation For A Data Breach Could I Receive?

If your personal data breach claim succeeds, you could receive compensation for your non-material damage and material damage.

First, we’ll discuss non-material damage. This refers to the impact the breach has on your mental health. For example, a data breach might cause you to suffer from anxiety, depression, or even post-traumatic stress disorder.

When data protection solicitors value claims for non-material damage, they may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This text provides compensation guidelines for different psychological injuries. You can find some figures from the 17th edition (2024) of this publication in the table below. Please note that these are guidelines only. It should also be noted that the top row is not from the JCG.

Mental Harm TypeSeverityCompensation Amount
Very Severe Psychological Damage and Financial LossesSeriousUp to £250,000+
Psychiatric DamageSevere£66,920 to £141,240
Moderately Severe£23,270 to £66,920
Moderate£7,150 to £23,270
Less Severe£1,880 to £7,150
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Severe£73,050 to £122,850
Moderately Severe£28,250 to £73,050
Moderate£9,980 to £28,250
Less Severe£4,820 to £9,980

Material Damage Compensation

Material damage refers to the financial losses you experience as a result of a personal data breach. For example, if you need to take time off work to recover from the psychological effects of the breach, this could lead to lost earnings. You could potentially claim these lost earnings back under material damage compensation.

You might be wondering, “Do I need to work with data breach solicitors near me in order to claim data breach compensation?” One of the benefits of working with our solicitors is that they take on claims from all over the country, which means you aren’t limited to working with data breach solicitors in your area. Contact our team of advisors today to learn more.

How Do I Know I’ve Instructed The Best Data Breach Solicitors For My Case?

If you suffer due to a breach of your personal information, you can only make one compensation claim. It’s therefore important to instruct the best data breach solicitors possible because if you don’t get properly compensated, you can’t claim again.

To help you understand if you’re working with the right GDPR solicitors, there are some checks you can make:

  • Reviews – one of the best ways to check if you’re working with reliable data protection breach solicitors is to look at their reviews. Law firms, such as ourselves, take pride in the reviews left by clients and providing a service that goes beyond their expectations. You can look at honest review platforms like Trustpilot and Google Reviews to get an idea of the experiences of previous clients.
  • Registration Status – All law firms should be authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. It’s a simple check, but search the name of your data breach lawyers on the SRA register here.
  • No Win No Fee – a quality law firm will offer to represent you in your data breach compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis. We explain more on this below.
  • Early Exchanges – If you’re trying to assess whether the solicitors you’ve instructed are the best fit for you, it’s important to check how you feel after the early exchanges with them, either by phone, live chat or email. The best data breach lawyers will explain the process in detail, answer your questions with patience, and make you feel confident you’ve made the right choice

Do Data Breach Solicitors Work On A No Win No Fee Basis?

You can call us for a free assessment to learn if you have a valid claim. If you do, your case could be taken by a specialist data breach solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis. Among the benefits of the Conditional Fee Agreement our solicitors offer are:

  • Not paying an upfront fee before your data breach claim begins for the solicitor to begin working on your case.
  • Having access to free legal advice from an expert data protection solicitor without any running service costs.
  • Knowing a solicitor will use their expertise to push for the best possible settlement and paying nothing for their work if the claim fails.

If the UK GDPR breach claim is resolved in your favour, your solicitor collects a percentage of the compensation awarded as their success fee. Due to there being a strict legal cap that applies to success fees, your solicitor can only take a small proportion of what you receive.

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You could also take advantage of our initial consultation to get free legal advice on claiming for data breaches. Reach out to our advisors to see if we could start working on your case.

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