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Meet the Team

Kingsley Hayes

HEAD OF DATA BREACH

Kingsley is arguably the UK’s foremost data breach lawyer. With considerable multi-party expertise, he uses all his knowledge and capability to protect his clients’ rights, while making sure they get the compensation they deserve. In recognition of his standing, he regularly provides an authoritative voice on data protection and cybercrime hot topics in print, television, radio and online.

Before joining Keller Lenkner UK, Kingsley was managing director at Hayes Connor Solicitors. As the original founder of Hayes Connor, in 2017 he recognised the growing importance of data protection and cybercrime redress. In just two years he shaped this firm, as a new entrant in data breach law, into a significant regional player. His successful leadership resulted in an effective claims operation with a combined turnover of £35 million. He oversaw the settlement of significant numbers of claims and personally secured compensation amounts up to and over £100,000 on behalf of clients.

In 2020, with an awareness of changes in the data breach landscape, and keen to expand into a significant national firm capable of taking on large and well-funded organisations, Kingsley joined Keller Lenkner UK as Head of Data Breach.

Today, he leads a passionate team which includes some of the most skilled data breach lawyers in England & Wales. This team champions claimants seeking to secure justice, often in complicated multi-claimant group actions.

Andrew Nugent Smith

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Andrew is managing director at Keller Lenkner UK. He is a seasoned commercial litigation with a deep understanding of group litigation and litigation finance.

Prior to joining Keller Lenkner UK, Andrew was a partner in Gowling WLG (UK) LLP where he litigated cases at all tiers of the England and Wales judicial system (including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) for clients ranging from high net worth individuals to large corporates and sovereign wealth funds.

He also developed an expertise in litigation finance and advised numerous claimants and litigation funders on complex and innovative financing transactions.

Andrew also worked at Simmons & Simmons LLP, where he trained as a solicitor, qualifying in 2003.

Johnny Nichols

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Johnny runs our operations and is responsible for ensuring our client service and legal teams work well together so that the interests of our clients are fully protected.

Johnny has worked in the legal industry for thirty years, firstly as a litigator and employment lawyer in private practice (now Gowlings WLG (UK) LLP) and in-house at the Society of Lloyd’s insurance market.

For most of the last twenty years, Johnny has been involved in senior roles on the operational side of global law firms. Before joining Keller Lenkner UK, he worked at Bird & Bird LLP and, prior to that, Allen & Overy LLP.

He is responsible for bringing that level of excellence across to our clients by combining the clever use of technology with great people.

Johnny graduated in Engineering and Management from Durham University and then completed his legal training at Chester Law School, qualifying as a solicitor in 1992.

Matthew Evans - Senior Solicitor for Keller Lenkner

Matthew Evans

ASSOCIATE

Matthew is a senior data breach solicitor at Keller Lenkner UK. With considerable experience litigating on behalf of clients, he uses his expertise and exceptional negotiation skills to get the best possible results for the people he represents.

Determined and dynamic, with an excellent record for client care, Matthew also manages our specialist technical team. This team supports claimants seeking justice following a data privacy violation, often against large and well-funded organisations. He prides himself on developing loyal relationships with his clients.

As well as championing consumer rights, Matthew is passionate about improving data protection standards across the UK. Leading by example, he acts as the Data Protection Officer here at Keller Lenkner UK. With over ten years of regulatory experience as a COLP (compliance officer for legal practice), he also has an in-depth understanding of the need for robust systems and processes.

Before joining Keller Lenkner UK, Matthew owned and managed businesses in the legal, education, and food retail sectors. He has also advised businesses after a data breach has occurred, and counselled companies on their duties, principles and rights under UK data protection legislation. This unique insight into how companies operate is invaluable when taking on businesses in data breach litigation.

Simon Ridding

ASSOCIATE

Simon assists with the day to day conduct of various group and multi-party actions in the High Court. He has worked on cases against Equifax, Ticketmaster, and British Airways, amongst others. Where needed, Simon also helps with Keller Lenkner UK’s emissions and employment cases.

In his career to date Simon has also handled industrial disease cases to trial and, in recent years, has assisted on several high-profile group actions.

Simon gained his LLB at the University of Liverpool.

Afton Tully

Afton Tully

CLIENT SERVICES TEAM MANAGER

An experienced manager, Afton makes sure that our data breach team is working in the best interests of the people we serve. Maximising staff performance and processes to boost efficiency and satisfaction, Afton is committed to ensuring ongoing improvements and the best possible results for our clients.

Overseeing operations within our department, Afton also strives to ensure that everyone at Keller Lenkner UK remains motivated and content in their work. Afton does this by ensuring that the right cases go to the right people, and that they have the tools needed to do the job.

Prior to joining Keller Lenkner UK, Afton worked in a similar role at Hayes Connor Solicitors where she managed a team of data breach experts.  Before that, she gained experience in other aspects of law, including Debt Recovery, Employment Law, Family Law and Personal Injury.

With a keen interest in technology, and how it can be used to make the customer journey better, Afton makes sure that all service level agreements are adhered to. And, with a wealth of experience in creating new work processes, and making ongoing improvements to existing manners, Afton makes sure that we have the systems in place to work smarter, and, ultimately to exceed our clients’ expectations.

Lucy Burrows

Lucy Burrows

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Lucy is a legal assistant at Keller Lenkner UK. She works within the Data Breach team on both large and smaller group actions.

Before joining Keller Lenkner UK, Lucy worked in data breach on both individual and group claims. Lucy has experience in group litigation and individual data breach actions and has had the opportunity to gain experience in High Court litigation first-hand.

Lucy graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in law. She is currently completing her Legal Practice Course and Masters degree part-time at the University of Law.

Elliot McKeown

Elliott McKeown

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Elliott is a legal assistant at Keller Lenkner UK. He works on behalf of claimants in group and individual data breach matters.

Prior to joining Keller Lenkner UK, Elliott was a commercial litigation paralegal at national law firm BLM. Prior to that, he was a civil litigation paralegal at international law firm DWF.

Elliott graduated with a first-class degree in Law from Liverpool John Moores University ranking top of his class and winning multiple university prizes.

Elliott is currently undertaking the LPC on a part-time basis and is due to graduate in summer 2021.

Kajal Patel

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Kajal is a legal assistant at Keller Lenkner UK. She works in the Data Breach team, where she assists with case preparation, obtaining evidence and documents for each case, and managing a caseload of clients. She acts as a first point of contact for new and existing client queries.

Prior to joining Keller Lenkner UK, Kajal worked as a paralegal for over two years at PGMBM. She has experience training colleagues in other offices.

Kajal graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law with Criminology. She is currently studying the LPC part-time at the University of Law.

Why use Keller Lenkner UK to make a data breach, GDPR violation, or cybercrime claim?