Data breach and cybersecurity specialist Hayes Connor Solicitors has been appointed to deliver data protection claims support to nearly 200,000 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU).
CWU is the largest union for the communications industry in the UK and includes members from the postal, telecoms, mobile, administration and financial sectors. Members of the organisation include the Royal Mail, Telefonica 02, UK Mail and BT, EE, Virgin Media and Santander.
Kingsley Hayes, managing director at data breach and cybersecurity specialist Hayes Connor Solicitors, commented on the appointment: “We are extremely proud to be working with an association as large as the Communication Workers Union which has a long history of campaigning to raise the voice and protecting the rights of its members.
“There is a strong synergy in our values and commitment to protecting individuals, so we are delighted to be working with its legal team to represent members when their data protection rights have been violated.
“Data breaches can occur either following a malicious cyber attack or simply through human error. Regardless of how it happened, a breach in the confidentiality of personal information can be devastating for victims. We support clients to secure the compensation that is rightly theirs taking into account individual circumstances to consider the full impact which may include psychological distress.”
Hayes Connor Solicitors has secured thousands of pounds in compensation for actual, and potential, financial loss and psychological damage and also works with Victim Support.
Tony Rupa, Head of Legal Services at the Communication Workers Union (CWU), said: “We are passionate about protecting and promoting the interests of our membership. We recognised that data breaches are a risk that many of our members may be subjected to and sought to add to the Union’s wide range of legal services.
“Hayes Connor Solicitors has an excellent reputation and we are pleased to have the firm onboard to deliver high quality, and sensitive, legal representation to protect and promote our members’ data protection rights.”
Offering more than 50 years’ experience, Hayes Connor Solicitors helps individuals secure compensation following data protection breaches and other cyber offences such as computer fraud, identity theft, defamation, hacking and phishing scams.
The firm is currently representing more than 200 claimants following the Dixons Carphone data breach.
Hayes Connor Solicitors issued a claim for damages of up to £5 million against ticketing giant Ticketmaster in the High Court in April and is also acting against Equifax, Marriott International, TeamSport and the Police Federation of England and Wales.