In Rolfe & Others [2021] EWHC 2809 (QB) summary judgment was entered for the defendant solicitors on a claim under GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 arising from an email sent to the wrong address. There was no credible case that distress or damage over a de minimis threshold was suffered. A link is on

The Gazette carried a report headed Emails intercepted in £640,000 conveyancing fraud. Advice on preventing payment diversion fraud (PDF) has been provided by the National Economic Crime Centre. A link is on

The threat of ransomware is a growing concern, evidenced by reports from the insurance market produced by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, Ransomware trends: Risks and Resilience, and Marsh UK cyber insurance trends H1 2021, and the head of GCHQ was reported extensively in the press as saying that the number of attacks on UK businesses has doubled this year. Meanwhile Sophos warned of a phishing scam using Docusign to steal 2FA codes.

Finally, following consultation, the SRA has applied to the Legal Services Board for approval to amendments to the Minimum Terms and Conditions of Insurance to clarify the extent of cover for cyber-related claims.

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