Education & Employment Data Breach Claims

If you have been the victim of an education or employment data breach, we can help.

Get justice for an education or employment data breach

We all have a right to privacy as we go about our daily lives. But all too often, the places that we spend the most time are not as data secure as we might hope.

There has been a worrying rise in data breaches across the UK childcare and educational sector. At the same time, many people are finding that their employers are not protecting their personal data.

Schools handle a lot of sensitive personal data, and it is vital that this is kept safe – especially where children are involved. But competing priorities and limited budgets mean that data protection is often being overlooked. So it is no wonder that schools, universities, and colleges have become an attractive target for hackers.

At the same time, a failure to invest in adequate staff data protection training means that human error is still the leading cause of data privacy violations in the education sector. The same is true when it comes to our workplaces, with inadequate data security resulting in employer data breaches and a failure in their duty of care.

Nobody wants to sue their child’s school or their employer. But sometimes, making a claim is the only way to force security improvements.

If you have been a victim of an education or employment data breach, we can help you make a no-win, no-fee claim for compensation.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation, assessment of your case.

Cases we handle at Keller Lenkner UK

At Keller Lenkner UK, our data protection lawyers deal with a wide range of education & employment data breach cases every day.

Keller Lenkner UK has gained an enviable reputation in data breach law. And, with a team of data breach experts led by Kingsley Hayes – arguably the UK’s foremost data breach solicitor – and considerable expertise in this field, it’s easy to see why. Here are just some examples of the employment and education cases our data protection lawyers have dealt with…

Naveed’s* HR data breach claim

Naveed made a bullying claim against someone at his work. HR investigated the complaint, and Naveed formally went through the grievance process. However, a member of HR left his file on top of a stack of boxes at work. This file contained specific details about the bullying Naveed had experienced and the allegations he was making. 

A member of staff found and read the file and eradicated Naveed’s right to privacy. 

We are helping Naveed to claim compensation for the breach of this sensitive employment data.

Mary and Ben’s* adoption records data breach 

Mary & Ben adopted Sarah when she was a baby. They planned to tell Sarah about her adoption when she was older. However, her school sent documents referencing Sarah’s adoption to the wrong address. 

The information ended up with a neighbour who opened and read the documents before sharing Sarah’s adoption status with other people in the local community. Sarah subsequently found out that she was adopted, leading to considerable distress for her and her family.

We are helping Mary and Ben to claim compensation for this shocking privacy violation.

Bill’s* employment data breach claim

Bill’s employer was approached by an individual purporting to be a police officer. The imposter asked to see Bill’s personal details. The employer handed these over without checking the identification of the person making the request.

 The man was not an officer, and once he had access to Bill’s details, he subjected him to a period of harassment and threats. Bill’s property was damaged, and he was extremely worried about the risk of physical harm.

We are helping Bill to claim compensation for the breach of his privacy and the emotional distress suffered.

*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.

Our current education & employment actions

In some cases, you won’t be the only person to experience the data breach. In these instances, it might be worth joining a group action. Our current education and employment group actions include:

Jargon Buster


In February 2022, Greencore wrote to employees to warn them that their personal information might have been exposed. The stolen information relates to current and former Greencore employees

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Data Breach Hexagons


In February 2022, nine months after the security breach, Ardagh wrote to employees to warn them that their personal information might have been exposed in the attack.

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Police Federation

In 2019, The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) suffered a severe data breach following a ransomware cyber-attack hit the PFEW headquarters. Around 120,000 current and former officers are affected.

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equiniti police


In August 2019, over 750 annual benefit statements were sent to the wrong postal addresses. These statements were for police officers of Sussex Police.
Equiniti, a company that provides support, communications and technology platforms to help manage company pensions, was responsible for distributing these statements.

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Why claim education & employment data breach compensation?

Hold organisations to account for failing to protect your private information.

Receive financial compensation for your losses.

Force organisations to implement better data security.

Why use Keller Lenkner UK to make a claim?

We are one of the most experienced multi-claimant law firms in the UK.

We represent clients in group actions and individual cases with innovation, resources, and expertise.

We work with expert barristers to ensure you get the very best level of legal support available.

We have all the resources and global expertise necessary to take on complicated cases and win.

We have offices in Chancery Lane London, Birmingham and Liverpool, and the technology to provide a nationwide service, so we can help clients across England & Wales.

We use technology to deliver a better legal experience to our clients.

We work on a no-win, no-fee basis.

We make the process straightforward and hassle-free.


Latest news

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A quick guide to the Blackbaud data breach

In May 2020, over 100 educational, charitable, and third-sector organisations had their customer, donor, and membership data stolen. The breach happened when Blackbaud – a firm that provides administration, fundraising, and financial management software – was targeted by cybercriminals in a devastating cyber-attack. The hackers demanded a ransom in exchange for deleting the data, which Blackbaud paid.

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What can you claim for?

While each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation following a data breach, cybercrime or other GDPR violation:

Financial loses

With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.


GDPR failures, cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.

Loss of privacy

Your data has value, and organisations must be held to account if they fail to protect your right to data privacy or otherwise do not uphold your GDPR rights.

How to protect yourself following a data breach or cybercrime

  • Contact your bank or credit card provider immediately if your financial data has been exposed.
  • Check all bills and emails for goods or services you have not ordered.
  • Check your bank account for unfamiliar transactions.
  • Alert your bank or credit card provider immediately if there is any suspicious activity.
  • Monitor your credit score for any unexpected dips.
  • Call Credit, Experian and Equifax to ensure credit isn’t taken out in your name.
  • Never provide your PIN or full password to anyone (even someone claiming to be from your bank).
  • Never been pressured into moving money to another account for fraud reasons. A legitimate bank won’t ask you to do this.
  • Follow the security instructions provided by the organisation that breached your data.
  • Never automatically click on any suspicious links or downloads in emails or texts.
  • Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic just because someone has your details.
  • Be careful who you trust – criminals often use scare tactics to try and trick you into revealing your security details.
  • Know that, even if you recognise a name or number, it might not be genuine.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. A trustworthy organisation would never force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Never provide your full password, pin or security code to someone over the phone (or via message). If a bank believes a transaction has been fraudulent, they will not ask for this information to cancel the transaction.
  • Listen to your instincts and ask questions if something feels “off”.
  • Refuse requests for personal or financial information and stop discussions if you are at all unsure.
  • Contact your bank or financial service provider on a number you know and trust to check if a communication is genuine.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited communications that refer you to a web page asking for personal data.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know on social media.
  • Review your online privacy settings.
  • Report suspected fraud attempts to the police and Action Fraud.
  • Register with the Cifas protective registration service to slow down credit applications made in your name.
  • Change your passwords regularly and use a different password for every account (a password manager can help with this).
  • Protect your devices with up-to-date internet security software.