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Data Protection Claims

Data Protection Claims

If you have fallen victim to a data protection breach, where your personal and private information has not been kept safely you could be entitled to compensation. A data protection breach can cause emotional and financial suffering to those affected and claiming compensation can help to get your life back on track and recover any losses that may have come because of it.

HNK Solicitors are specialists in pursuing claims for data protection breaches. We have years of experience in successfully holding public bodies and private companies to account and obtaining compensation for victims of data breaches. We can even offer a no-win-no-fee service.

Step 1

Get in touch using our contact forms or any details provided throughout the site.

Step 2

We arrange a free consultation with you to discuss the case

Step 3

If accepted we will action your case on a no win no fee basis.

The Data Protection Act 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Human Rights Act all require strict compliance with data protection. Therefore, by law, public bodies and private companies who collect a significant amount of sensitive information about people have to store data responsibly and can be prosecuted if they do not do so.

You have the right for your personal information to be kept private. If your data is breached this can lead to identity fraud, financial losses, or catastrophic reputational damage. Examples of personal data that can be breached are contact details and addresses, national insurance number, date of birth, personal health information, medical documents, financial information, and employment records.

What can I claim for?

You can be entitled to claim compensation for:


  • Misuse of private information
  • Loss of control of data
  • Breach of confidence
  • Financial Loss
  • Damage
  • Distress
  • Human rights breaches

The amount you can claim depends on your particular case, but it could range up to thousands of pounds. HNK can assess your case individually and advise you on what compensation you could be entitled to.

What is a Data breach?


In accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, companies who control your data have a duty to you to secure and retain data lawfully with regards to risk. A breach of data protection can occur when an organisation:


  • Fails to protect your data from unlawful access/disclosure
  • Fails to take security measures to protect your data from the risk of hackers or thieves
  • Fails to process your data fairly or accurately
  • Uses data outside its stated purpose
  • Fails to keep your data up to date or relevant
  • Stores inaccurate or out of date information
  • Makes confidential data public

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Fill out the below form and one of our advisors will get in touch to arrange a consultation about your claim.

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Case Study

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HNK Solicitors secure £7,000 in data breach claim against Cheshire Council East

Recently, HNK Solicitors acted on behalf of a client, who will be referred to as SH, in a data breach claim against Cheshire East Council. The data breach occurred after SH was subject to an anonymous complaint regarding their children. Although the complaint was not upheld, during the initial investigation Cheshire East Council, the Defendant, divulged personal data, and the context of the complaint with an unauthorised person(s). This is a clear breach of SH’s...
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What can we do?

If you have experienced a data breach, we can seek compensation on your behalf. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation and if we believe your case will be successful, we can offer to take it on through a no-win-no-fee conditional fee agreement. This means you can make your claim on a no-risk basis as you won’t have to pay out if your case is lost.


HNK has a team of expert solicitors who have years of experience in handling data breach claims. We understand the damage and distress that can be caused when your data is breached and will work hard to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. There are often strict time limits in place for making most compensation claims for a data breach, so it is essential to act now.

Free Consultation

Contact HNK to arrange a free no-obligation consultation to discuss the details of your claim. We will provide honest, helpful advice on how to progress further.


We can support you on a no-win-no-fee basis, which means you’ll only have to pay us once your case is won and your compensation has been awarded.

Recent Data Breaches we can help with

You may remember recent data breaches that were highly publicized in the media from British Airways, MyFitnessPal, Ticketmaster, online fashion retailer Lasula, Cathays Pacific Airways, Marriot Hotels, and Dixons Carphone. If you have been affected by any of these, contact HNK today.

When do I need to make a claim?

The current limitation period for making a data protection claim in six years. This means if you have been subject to a data breach in the past six years, you can potentially make a claim. However, in some group action cases, the Court set separate deadlines that you need to join a case by. Therefore, it is important to act now if you want to make a claim.

How much will it cost me to make a claim?

Nothing upfront. HNK offers a no-win-no-fee service to people with cases who hold prospects of success. Under the terms of this agreement, you will not have to pay our fees if you lose your case, and will only have to pay a small percentage if you win and are awarded compensation. HNK Solicitors will never take more than 35% of your compensation.

Who can I claim data breach compensation from?

Any organisation including public bodies and private companies can be held accountable for a data breach. Any organisation that collects a significant amount of sensitive information about people has a legal obligation to store this data responsibly, and if they don’t a claim can be made against them. The following are some examples of public and private bodies who may hold data about you:

Public bodies:

• The Police
• The NHS
• Local Authorities
• The government
• Her Majesty’s Court (HMCTS)

Private bodies:

• Airlines
• Social media companies
• Banks and building societies
• Ticket/Event companies
• Former/Current employers
• Online retailers

What should I do if I think my data has been breached?

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s independent data privacy regulator, imposes hefty fines on organisations that fail to meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act. Details of any breaches are published on the ICO website so you can check there to see if you may have been affected. If you hear a company has been fined for a data breach by the ICO, and think you’ve been affected you should seek legal advice straight away.

HNK will be able to assess whether you are entitled to claim for compensation. We can then pursue your case for you on a no-win-no-fee basis.

What can I claim for?

You can make a claim for compensation for damages, for example, if you have suffered financial losses because your card details have been stolen, and distress, if the result of the data breach has left you suffering from stress, distress or anxiety. Even if you haven’t suffered as a result of a data breach, you can still claim for failure to protect your data.

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10:09 28 Jun 21
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