Data Breach Solicitors

Data Breach

In our modern world, data is held in a number of ways, by a number of companies and organisations.  If a company or organisation accidentally or deliberately loses, alters, discloses or accesses your information without your permission, this may be considered to be a data breach.

What information might be held about me?

Information is handled on a daily basis by a number of organisations or companies, and this data can be incredibly varied.  Types of data could include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Bank/credit card details
  • Your passwords
  • Passport number
  • ID number
  • NIN number
  • NHS number 
  • Medical Records

When a company or organisation holds data about you, you are classed as a data subject.

What is a data breach?
What is Data Breach?As the data subject, you have rights under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the Data Protection Act 2018 to have your personal and sensitive information and data to be kept in an accurate manner, and further that it is held in a safe way so as not to cause you any detriment.  If it is not, then there may be a data breach. Data can be breached in a number of ways and examples can include:
  • Information being stored inaccurately.
  • Information being held longer than necessary.
  • Data being made available to other members of the public when it should not have been.
  • Data could be stolen or accessed by an unauthorised third party.
  • Your information could be used for something other than the intended purpose.
  • Your information or data could be disclosed without your consent.
  • Banking or credit card details could be accessed by unauthorised third parties.
Who might be responsible for a data breach?

As information and data can be held by so many various entities, it is possible for a wide variety of businesses/organisations to be responsible for a data breach.  Circumstances could include any of the following:

Data Breach educational

In an educational setting – universities, schools, nurseries and exam boards could all hold personal, and in some circumstances sensitive data, which could fall into the wrong hands, which could have serious consequences for children/pupils, and their families.

Data Breach Police and Criminal Justice

The police and criminal justice system – sensitive information about previous incidents/criminal convictions could be disclosed to the wrong party.

Data Breach medical

Medical organisations – the NHS for example hold medical records for the vast majority of us, and there can be instances where unauthorised third parties access these records when they have no good reason to do so.

Data Breach local authority

Local authorities – whether you rent or own your own property, it is highly likely that your local authority/council will hold personal data about you, and their systems can be hacked.

Data Breach Companies

Companies – most of us have contracts for services with companies such as telephone providers, insurance companies and flight/holiday companies. There has been a lot of press recently which has shown us that even the largest of corporate entities can be the victims of hacking/cyber-attacks, resulting in large scale loss of personal data.

How we can help you

Our Data Breach Specialist Team can help you with the following aspects when we negotiate your compensation:

  • Operating on a no win, no fee basis.
  • Guide you through the claims process.
  • Make the data breach claim on your behalf.
  • Receive compensation for distress and financial losses. 
How we can help you

Call us today and one of our Nicholson Jones Sutton Data Breach Solicitors will guide you through the process.


Our team has experience in dealing with Data Breach Claims. We are sympathetic, understanding, and are here to help you every step of the way.

Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors can usually handle Data Breach Claims on a No Win No Fee basis.

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Leanne Henton

Technical Litigation Manager

Leanne studied the Bar Vocational Course at the BPP Law School in Leeds, and graduated with Very Competent, before cross-qualifying as a Solicitor in 2013.

She joined the firm in 2009 as a Personal Injury Fee Earner, dealing with various matters including Road Traffic Accidents, Employment and Public Liability, and Medical Negligence.

Leanne progressed onto a Litigation Team Manager role in 2015, managing a team of RTA Personal Injury Fee Earners, and further on to Technical Litigation Manager in 2020, working closely with the Directors to ensure the success of the RTA Personal Injury Department.

Throughout 2022, in addition to her work in the RTA Personal Injury Department, Leanne has been heavily involved in the development of the Family and Data Breach Departments.

In her personal life Leanne enjoys spending time with her young family.

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