Significant changes to media, communications and data claims

A new regime for media, communications and data claims is now in force in the English courts, with the introduction of revised procedural rules and detailed practice directions. By Simon Airey and Jack Thorne of Paul Hastings LLP.

While defamation and privacy cases are certainly on the rise in recent years, data protection has become a particularly fertile ground for disputes, especially since the introduction of the GDPR. This trend is likely to continue. Large-scale data breaches are becoming increasingly common and give rise to potential multi-claimant actions brought by individuals whose data has been compromised as a result. These actions are being led by specialist law firms who have recognised the substantial growth of claims in this area and market themselves as data breach compensation experts, acting for claimants on a no-win- no-fee basis.

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