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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: 07 APRIL 2021

Covid-19 triggers rapid shifts in private M&A tactics

From standstill to strong recovery, Covid-19 created a year of two halves for transactions in 2020, forcing buyers and sellers to adjust their tactics in the private M&A market.

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Publications: 06 APRIL 2021

Reforms to witness statements (PD 57AC): sense, finally, after a century of psychological research; or, a triumph of form over substance?

In 1995, Elizabeth Loftus and Jacqueline Pickerell published a paper showing that it was possible to implant an entire false memory of something that never happened. In one of the first successful…

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Publications: 02 APRIL 2021

The people’s climate case declared inadmissible: not all climate litigation roads lead to Rome

In the past years (and months), there has been a growing wave of climate change litigation cases, and the cases where plaintiffs have (successfully) invoked fundamental rights are increasing. In our…

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Publications: 15 FEBRUARY 2021

Surveillance reports may not be privileged

A dispute about the use of private investigators highlights some attendant risks, in particular the possibility that the report generated may not be privileged: Gerrard & Gerrard v Eurasian Natural…

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