Bristows is ready to help with any data breaches, large or small. We can call on many years of experience, assisting clients in connection with many of the world’s largest breaches. We can assist with the immediate response and containment of a security incident, notifying authorities, as well the longer-term impact, including any follow-on litigation. With security breach reporting laws strengthening around the world, getting the right legal advice is an essential part of any breach response plan.

Breach reporting laws in the UK, EU, and around the world mean it is essential to have good, reliable and pragmatic legal advice as soon as you think you might have suffered a data breach. Bristows can help you identify your legal obligations, prioritise the most important, and begin taking steps to reduce your overall exposure.

Bristows has a wealth of experience advising multinational and UK companies on data breaches, including some of the most high profile cyber security incidents in recent years. Working with our international network, we help with reporting obligations around the world, as well as public statements and communications to affected individuals.

Effective data breach management is not limited to the immediate response. Bristows has extensive experience with ICO investigations and other supervisory authorities around the world. We can also assist with civil claims from affected individuals, clients or business partners.  

Longer term, we can also help with ongoing risk management, including identifying and implementing remedial measures, as well as embedding incident reporting and breach management within your wider compliance processes. 

Key contacts

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Publications

Data Protection Top 10

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Experience

Advising a US-headquartered consumer app with the UK aspects of a data breach affecting several million data subjects.

Assisting a household name company with a major cyber security incident, including immediate incident response and subsequent ICO investigation.

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What others say

“There is a lot of expertise in the firm and the lawyers collaborate to provide the best service to their clients”.

Chambers and Partners 2021

“They know the law and they also realise that clients need pragmatic, risk-based advice which can be utilised within a commercial environment.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“They [Bristows] are at the top of their game.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Broad range of skills, good and cost effective advice.”

Legal 500 2021

“Clear understanding of the technology and specifically fintech/insurtech market.”

Legal 500 2021

“They have deep professional relationships with a wide swath of organisations in every industry as well as with regulators.”

Legal 500 2021

“They are extremely experienced, thoughtful, pragmatic and measured.”

Legal 500 2021

“Bristows’ data protection practice is the best data privacy practice out there — bar none.”

Legal 500 2021

“Unparalleled breadth and quality of expertise in the field with an ability to address both data protection compliance issues and contentious privacy litigation.”

Legal 500 2021

“I enjoy working with Bristows.”

Legal 500 2021

“Good at maintaining position as a trusted adviser.”

Legal 500 2021

“Due to size managing, case load may be challenging at times but this has never been an issue because the quality of the deliverables has consistently been very high.”

Legal 500 2021

“Very capable and knowledgeable team with excellent leadership.”

Legal 500 2021

Bristows have “a strong bench of practitioners.”

Legal 500 2021

“The firm is top-notch in the privacy field”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“It is a very good outfit and very reliable”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“The team’s work product tends to be very focused on the ultimate needed output. They really get to the heart of a matter”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Enjoys a reputation as a go-to practice for cross-border privacy disputes and regulatory concerns.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Extremely experienced and accomplished solicitors”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Bristows fields a first-rate privacy and data protection practice, which is knowledgeable, responsive and client focused.”

Legal 500 2020

“Bristows is a go-to firm for privacy and data protection matters. It provides on-time, risk-based legal advice and problem-solving.”

Legal 500 2020

“the practice excels in high-profile and international work”

Legal 500 2020

“The experienced data protection team at Bristows LLP frequently handles complex compliance and strategic matters as well as investigations, breaches and contentious issues.”

Legal 500 2019

“They’re smart, pragmatic and have a spectrum of clients, so they give very thoughtful, useful advice with an eye across many industries”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“They are strong on both the technology and commercial sides owing to their powerful IP and data capabilities.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

They are particularly distinctive in their market and technology knowledge, as well as their creative and practical approach.

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Bristows LLP ‘stands out as a client-focused firm that goes the extra mile to understand its clients’ commercial needs'”

Legal 500 2019

“The experienced data protection team at Bristows LLP frequently handles complex compliance and strategic matters as well as investigations, breaches and contentious issues.”

Legal 500 2019

Recent rankings and awards

Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity - Tier 1
Legal 500 UK 2021

IT and Telecoms - Tier 1
Legal 500 UK 2021

Data Protection - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Outsourcing - Band 2 
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Data Protection - Band 3
Chambers and Partners Global 2020

Data Protection - Band 3
Chambers and Partners Europe 2019

Data Protection & Cybersecurity
Leaders League UK 2020

IT & Telecoms
Leaders League UK 2020