Data breach class actions – new webinar and “handy client guide”

Herbert Smith Freehills has today released the second in our series of webinars on class actions in England and Wales, this time looking at data protection and privacy issues. In the presentation, Julian Copeman, Harry Edwards, Miriam Everett and Lucy McAlister explain why this area is ripe for class actions, what we have seen so far, … Read more

Handy client guide to class actions in England and Wales

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched a series of short guides to class actions in England and Wales. The first two editions, (i) Overview of class actions in the English courts and (ii) Group Litigation Orders (GLOs), have been published here. Future editions in the series will also be posted on that page. These topics have also … Read more

Court of Appeal confirms Morrisons vicariously liable for employee’s deliberate actions in first successful UK class action for data breach

The Court of Appeal has today dismissed an appeal against the High Court’s decision that Morrisons was vicariously liable for its employee’s misuse of data, despite: (i) Morrisons having done as much as it reasonably could to prevent the misuse; and (ii) the employee’s intention being to cause reputational or financial damage to Morrisons itself: Wm … Read more

Article published – Class actions in England and Wales: key practical challenges

Damian Grave, Gregg Rowan and Maura McIntosh have published an article in PLC Magazine looking at how claims by large groups of claimants are litigated in England and Wales and considering some key practical challenges that can arise for both claimants and defendants. Click here for a copy of the article, which first appeared in the September … Read more

Article published on how in-house lawyers can tackle the increasing threat of class actions in the English courts

Class actions represent an increasing area of risk for UK corporates, with increasing numbers of high-profile and high-value group claims being brought, or threatened to be brought, in the English courts. The principal mechanism used to litigate these claims differs from the ‘opt-out’ class action familiar from the US, where claimants who fall within a … Read more