Cyber & data breach

Shoosmiths’ cyber team provides expert assistance to clients experiencing issues of every size and complexity.

We provide an industry-leading offering in all areas of cyber law and practice, including:

  • Incident response
  • Technology and privacy disputes (including injunctions)
  • Regulatory and internal investigations
  • Data protection compliance advice
  • Resilience testing, training and readiness reviews
  • Cyber insurance coverage advice
  • Cryptocurrency issues
  • Dawn raids

Our experts are leaders in this rapidly evolving field, backed by the strength in depth offered by our six-partner data protection and disputes teams and national coverage.


The team provides 24/7/365 incident response coverage via SHOC 24, its multidisciplinary emergency response service which offers lawyer-led incident response assistance.


What we do

Our cyber experts can handle everything thrown at them, but particular areas of focus are:

  • Pre-incident preparation, including:
    • drawing up incident response plans
    • breach response training
    • advice on global regulatory obligations
  • Incident detection and analysis, including:
    • managing global regulatory and data subject notifications
    • follow-on litigation, including privacy law and e-marketing claims
    • advice and management of cyber insurance coverage (including compatibility and adoption by insurers)
    • containment, eradication and recovery

Leveraging our incident response expertise, we also offer a range of post-incident services, including:

  • readiness reviews
  • “lessons learned” reports
  • software tools

Our model ensures that no crisis is too big or small. We can provide a personal service for smaller incidents and scale-up to handle the biggest and most complex international incidents.

How we do it

We offer strength in depth. Our incident response and data protection team consists of six partners (all of whom are specialists in data breach response) and over 25 experienced fee earners to handle large and/or multiple global incidents.

The Shoosmiths cyber team is often called upon by legal and other publications to give industry-leading opinion on a range of cyber matters.

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