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Defending data and privacy class actions in the UK and EU

  • 03 November 2020
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Online: Webex details to join the event will be circulated in advance

Whilst class actions following data breaches are par for the course in the US, data & privacy claims by large cohorts of claimants are now also on the rise on this side of the Atlantic – and not just after security incidents.

Claimant lawyers backed by litigation funders are leveraging strength in numbers to become the new enforcers of data protection and privacy law, often in areas where regulators haven’t or won’t take action. It’s a risk of which any organisation that processes significant volumes of personal data, be it in the workplace or marketplace, needs to be aware. Many businesses will also have examined the ICO’s recent decision in the British Airways data breach for insight.

 

In this session, where we will be joined by speakers Robin Hopkins from 11KBW and Dr. Lutz Martin Keppeler from Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, we will:

  • Touch on the two legal mechanisms used by claimants to bring class actions in the UK – GLOs and representative actions.
  • Explore some recent examples of class actions – what are the key learnings?
  • Get a European perspective on class actions from local counsel in Germany.
  • Discuss tactics both to avoid being on the receiving end of a class action and what to do if you are in the cross-hairs.

If you have any queries, or a colleague who would like to attend, please contact events@lewissilkin.com.

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