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Cyber and Data Litigation

Allen & Overy’s expert team handles a wide range of litigation relating to cyber and data security, with particular experience in cross-border cases.

Working with our first rate regulatory specialists, we handle reporting, enforcement and prosecution, including cases involving cyber and data security breaches. 

Our global team includes consultant David Smith, former Deputy Information Commissioner at the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

A&O’s clients in this area include national and international businesses, ranging from telecommunications companies to the world’s largest financial institutions. Our work covers diverse issues including: 

  • representing clients in follow-on litigation related to data breaches
  • advising on options for criminal and civil actions against hackers 
  • financial crime risks in relation to the payment of ransoms (including money laundering, terrorism financing and economic sanctions)
  • use of injunctions
  • liaison with regulators
  • employee theft
  • class actions
  • data misuse by third parties
  • anti-terrorism issues
  • denial-of-service and distributed denial-of-service attacks
  • third-party disclosure applications

News & insights

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Publications: 28 February 2022

Greater China Risk Insight: Looking ahead in the Year of the Tiger

The last two years have reshaped the global economy and socioeconomic policies, and have given rise to new risks and challenges. The world of disputes is also rapidly evolving. As we look back to…

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Blog Post: 29 November 2021

Beyond Lloyd v Google: Are class actions for data breach dead?

The decision of the UK Supreme Court in Lloyd v Google is a welcome relief for data controllers. However, is it the end of class actions for data breach?

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Blog Post: 10 November 2021

Lloyd v Google: a sigh of relief for data controllers

In unanimously refusing to allow a representative action to proceed, the UK Supreme Court may have sounded the death knell for opt-out class actions in England for data breaches: Lloyd v Google [2021]…

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Blog Post: 16 August 2021

Impactful High Court judgment on damages related to cyberattacks

On 30 July 2021, the UK High Court handed down a helpful judgment clarifying the causes of action likely to be available (or otherwise) to claimants in cases where a data breach occurs through…

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Striving for a better gender balance

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