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Cyber risk is the next pandemic

The number of people working from home during the pandemic has risen eight-fold. With this has come a huge increase in the number of cyber attacks. Find out what Dan Hyde has to say to employers, who need to take action to protect their business, now.

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18th Oct 2021

Regretted hitting ‘Send’?

In our increasingly busy digital lives, it is all too easy to hit send without checking if the ‘autofill’ has identified the correct recipient. Or you have not moved the email address to the BCC field. Most of the time these errors only have minor impact on individuals, but not always – the Ministry of […]
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14th Oct 2021

Digital assets: how switched on are you?

The issues which may arise when someone dies without making provision for access to their digital assets can be many and complex. They may be financial (such as when the boss of cryptocurrency company Quadriga died, taking the passwords enabling access to the assets with him) or sentimental (as was the case when a widow […]
Bitcoin coins with British pound notes

08th Oct 2021

HMRC cryptoassets manual – where does cryptocurrency reside?

  HMRC’s recent publication of their Cryptoassets Manual gives us an insight into their view on the location (residence) of cryptocurrency assets – they take the view that cryptocurrency is located in the place where the person who benefits from owning it is resident. A cryptocurrency holder’s residency will be assessed using the statutory residence […]
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07th Oct 2021

Data protection, cyber security and the Facebook outage

Earlier this week Facebook suffered an outage which affected billions of users from accessing platforms including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. The interruption lasted for a period of six hours and took even longer for Facebook to discover the cause of the outage. Facebook has now confirmed that the problem was because of engineers sending a […]
The Cyber Conference watch on demand

01st Oct 2021

Missed the Cyber Conference? Catch up on demand

All businesses operate with risk. How that risk is anticipated, assessed, mitigated, and managed, determines business success. Providing expertise on cyber security from the FBI to start-up tech companies, HCR’s Cyber Conference tackles the issue from all angles. Gain valuable insight from industry experts, as well as the firm’s own specialists, by streaming over 24 […]
blockchain and cryptocurrency technology

10th Sep 2021

Policing blockchain and cryptocurrencies

One of the themes of our Cyber Conference, which is running 21-23 September 2021, is the law in relation to cyber fraud. We’re delighted that one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, Hon James Brazier, will be speaking to us about it. He is a fintech, regtech, legaltech and intelligence specialist and consultant […]
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03rd Sep 2021

Fast paced data protection: more change coming

A new consultation is to be launched shortly by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to look at ways to increase trade and innovation through a development of the UK data regime. In combination with the replacement of current Information Commissioner with a new Commissioner (who is likely to be John Edwards, an […]

12th Aug 2021

Cyber warriors: thousands of manoeuvres per second

The Integrated Review (IR) published on 22 March 2021 outlined the U.K.’s ambition to become a science and technology superpower by 2030. At the forefront of the ambition lies cyber defence and offensive capabilities, which will require industry and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to come together to ensure the UK’s cyber capability gains a […]

28th Jul 2021

Cryptocurrency: a guide to some key terms

Q. What is cryptocurrency? A. HMRC defines crypto assets, or cryptocurrencies, as “cryptographically secured digital representations of value or contractual rights that can be transferred, stored and traded electronically”. In simpler terms, cryptocurrency is a digital asset that can be traded and used to pay for things. The value of cryptocurrency is determined by supply […]

28th Jul 2021

Cybersquatter’s appeal dismissed: trade mark application was “instrument of fraud”

The case of Litecoin Foundation Limited v Inshallah Ltd and others [2021] has reinforced and clarified the law around passing off – in this case in relation to a cryptocurrency and its related financial services.   Litecoin’s origins Litecoin was launched in 2011 by The Litecoin Foundation Ltd (LFL) which was incorporated in Singapore in […]

09th Jul 2021

Mircea Popescu – Is this the death of Bitcoin?

Romanian bitcoin billionaire and crypto exchange founder, Micrea Popescu, died suddenly, aged 41, leaving behind more than 1bn Bitcoin tokens. It is understood that he was behind the drive to keep Bitcoin from changing block size from 1MB to 2MB. He threatened to dump tokens onto the market, causing a crash in the price of […]

01st Jul 2021

Is my LinkedIn data safe?

On 30 June 2021 newsfeeds were awash with details that over 700m LinkedIn users’ personal information had been put up for sale on RaidForum a week earlier. This was discovered by the website Privacy Sharks who were able to identify from a sample that the data on sale on the dark web included information such […]

01st Jul 2021

NFTs and tax – taking on the future at Wales Tech Week

Talking NFTs and tax during Wales Tech Week, our Head of Technology Nicola McNeely interviewed NFT collector and enthusiast Pranksy and dug down into some of the myths surrounding the Non Fungible Tokens. NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) are one of a kind digital assets that can be bought and sold just like any other assets, […]

30th Jun 2021

Last minute EU decision allows data to flow freely

Once again negotiations between the EU and the UK have run down to the wire. The transition period for data transfers between the bloc and the UK was due to end today, 30 June. Just in the nick of time, the EU has formally adopted an ‘adequacy’ decision which will allow data to continue to […]

25th Jun 2021

GDPR – has it really disrupted the business of data?

The story of the last three years and European General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) has been interesting. It began with the initial panic and floods of emails received as businesses updated their marketing lists and obtained ‘consent’ from the data subjects already on their marketing or customer lists. Then came the first ICO enforcement […]

21st Jun 2021

How has GDPR weathered Covid-19 and Brexit – what lies ahead?

When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect back in May 2018, the UK was still part of the EU and no-one had ever heard of Covid-19. We look here at the ways in which these two major events have tested the GDPR.   Covid-19 The pandemic has changed the use of personal […]

21st Jun 2021

GDPR three years on; reflections on the largest fines so far

25 May 2021 marked the three-year anniversary of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – what a busy three years it has been! GDPR was introduced as Europe’s solution to both harmonising and regulating personal data privacy and security law amongst EU member states. The GDPR was incorporated into domestic UK law […]

11th Jun 2021

First class speaker line up confirmed for HCR’s Cyber Conference

All businesses operate with risk. How that risk is anticipated, assessed, mitigated and managed, determines business success. To that end HCR’s risk advisory lawyers are coming together with a range of partners, to provide first class cyber and technology-related presentations and panel discussions, at our Cyber Conference week in September. We are hosting 25 sessions […]

10th May 2021

Cyber insurance: why bother?

The term “cyber risk” covers any risk connected with the use of technology and data. And the cyber risk to UK business grows every day, threatening to bring companies to their financial knees. It encompasses malicious attacks by outsiders through denial of services attacks, data theft and cyber extortion (through ransomware), insider attacks by disgruntled […]

07th May 2021

Smart cities; a cyber criminal’s dream?

The description of cities of the future as ‘smart cities’ has become a term of art synonymous with improved functionality and interconnectivity, which could bring quality of life improvements and a raft of benefits to civilisation. What is often overlooked is the potential downside of smart cities; for example, how they will be regulated and […]

28th Apr 2021

Cyber at the heart of your business – innovate, invest and protect your data

Join us for three days of expert advice, networking and thought leadership conversation on all things cyber at our online Cyber Conference from 21-23 September. Cheltenham’s Golden Triangle will be at heart of the event, which draws in national speakers and experts on cyber security, tech start-ups, data protection, venture capital and investment. We will […]

23rd Apr 2021

Crypto currencies and divorce

Many people will be aware of the press coverage about the ever-increasing value of bitcoin and other alternative crypto currencies. Crypto currencies can be used to buy goods throughout the world and traded online like other types of traditional investment. Until recently this was the domain of only a few investors, but crypto currencies are […]

06th Apr 2021

How can trustees protect their pension schemes against cyber risk?

News last week suggested that one third of UK pension schemes may have suffered a data breach or cyber-attack in the past 12 months. Also, it has emerged that over 150 data breaches relating to the pensions sector have been reported to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came […]

26th Mar 2021

Future proofing the workspace: cybersecurity in the time of Covid-19

The title of this blog reflects the parallel themes between Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece novel ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ (published in 1988) and the situation we now face in the context of cybersecurity in the midst of this pandemic. The novel’s focus is love, in all its myriad forms, and how it can meet […]

19th Mar 2021

An inspector calls – FCA enforcement and discipline in a post Covid-19 world

Throughout the Covid era, the FCA has continued to launch investigations and enforcement action against those regulated financial services’ firms and senior individuals that it suspects have broken its rules. The “credible deterrence” mantra, taking tough, targeted, and effective public disciplinary action as way of changing market behaviour, continues to lie at the very heart […]

10th Jan 2021

How to bolster your cyber security in a home-working world

With people spending more time online, and record numbers of people accessing work systems from home networks, cyber security has been a chief concern for employers during this pandemic. Barracuda, which has been monitoring global Covid-19-related cyber incidents, reported a +6,500% increase from January (137 incidents) to March (9,116 incidents) last year. New research, published […]

10th Jan 2021

Cyber risk is the next pandemic

Levels of cybercrime increased exponentially during lockdown, as hackers took advantage of the weakened digital defences of home-workers. New research, published in our Future Workspaces report, suggests that Q1 of 2020 saw a +6,500% rise in Covid-19 related cyber incidents. While this doesn’t compare to the severity of human loss during the pandemic, it nevertheless […]

05th Jan 2021

What businesses need to know about the 2021 national security review regime and how it affects M&A

Proposals to increase government powers to investigate mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are currently moving through Parliament. The bill is well-intentioned and necessary, although if its procedures are not rationalised there is risk of inefficient management that could cause uncertainty in deal management. The National Security and Investment Bill (the NSI Bill) will introduce two significant […]

04th Nov 2020

Managing internal cyber security threats

When we think about cyber security, we often think about the external threats and the well-known dangers that are hackers or phishers. But in focusing on the external threat, many companies overlook the danger which may be lurking within their business. The core value of most businesses is held within its technical know-how, its customer […]

04th Nov 2020

How should you handle crypto assets in estate planning or relationship breakdown?

Crypto assets or digital assets traditionally included things like photographs or copyright on works of musical recordings. But our increasing use of electronic devices means the definition has become a lot wider. Today, it’s frequently seen to include everything from online betting accounts through to holdings of Bitcoin and other forms of electronic currency. As […]

29th Jul 2020

The NHS v WannaCry: Lessons learned and cybersecurity guidance

How did the breach take place? Friday 12 May 2017 was a Black Friday in the truest sense of the word – not a day of panic in trying to grab a bargain in discounted sales, but a day that witnessed a global ransomware attack now known as WannaCry. The attack was random and whilst one […]

15th Apr 2020

Revolut opens market access to gold and cryptocurrencies; genius or foolhardy?

Mainstream financial markets are facing Covid-19 induced downturn. The Bank of England, along with other financial institutes across the globe, has made it known that it is willing to purchase an unlimited amount of debt to finance the fight against Covid-19. This poses an inflation threat to the public, meaning their investments and savings are […]

27th Mar 2020

Covid-19 and working from home – how do I keep my business cyber secure?

As a nation we are conducting the largest remote working experiment possible. It will therefore come as no surprise that Covid-19 now potentially also poses the largest cyber security threat we have ever seen. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reported a number of coronavirus-related cybersecurity attacks throughout 2020. Researchers from Barracuda monitoring global […]

23rd Mar 2020

Will technology adoption accelerate as a consequence of Covid-19?

The Covid-19 virus is causing unprecedented impact across the globe. We are already witnessing an increase in the use of technology and a decline in the use of physical cash payments in a matter of days – it could have a lasting impact on the adoption and the use of current contactless and blockchain-enabled payment […]

10th Feb 2020

Blockchain – the essentials

If pressed, could you explain what blockchain is, who uses it, why, what for and whether it’s actually the same as Bitcoin? Fortunately we can – in the first of an occasional series, Nicola McNeely, our Head of Technology Sector, answers some of the most essential questions about blockchain and how it will affect all […]
blockchain, cryptocurrency, blockchain business

10th Feb 2020

How does blockchain affect my business?

Crypto merchants If you buy or sell anything, you will encounter blockchain sooner or later. Crypto merchants are emerging on the high street more and more, even if you don’t recognise them as such. Payments are becoming frictionless; it’s almost an imperceptible and automated part of daily life as subscription models and micro payments grow. […]
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28th Jan 2020

Facial recognition technology and private users

Controversial technology The Metropolitan Police have announced they will shortly begin the operational use of Live Facial Recognition Technology, saying that it will “tackle serious crime and help protect the vulnerable”. Human rights, civil liberties and privacy campaigners, including Liberty and Big Brother Watch, call the move “dangerous, oppressive and completely unjustified” and “an enormous […]
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04th Dec 2019

Crypto assets – their status, their future and how you can pass them on

Crypto assets are a property Crypto assets should now be treated as property as a matter of principle, according to the Chancellor of the England and Wales High Court, Lord Justice Geoffrey Vos. This may seem obvious, but it has important consequences because it means that they are affected by a number of legal rules, […]
Cyber Security, Data protection, GDPR

28th Nov 2019

Cyber security and data protection – an inevitable convergence?

New cyber security threats The way businesses operate is constantly evolving and there has been an exponential growth of internet services including online data storage in recent years. As these new technologies have become increasingly prevalent and relied upon by businesses, a raft of new cyber security threats has emerged. We look here at how […]
Is bitcoin personal property? Laura Williams, hereford solicitor specialising in Dispute Resolution and Nicola McNeely Ross-on-Wye solicitor specialising in commercial and technology

23rd Sep 2019

Is bitcoin personal property?

Bitcoin is essentially a computer file which is stored in a ‘digital wallet’ accessible on a smartphone or computer. You can receive bitcoin to your digital wallet from others and you can send bitcoins to other digital wallets. Every transaction of bitcoin is recorded in a public list called the blockchain. Until the recent case […]

27th Aug 2019

Cybersecurity for companies with dealings outside the UK

There are now more operational devices in the world than people, and each device is a potential way in to your systems for hackers, whether they are government spies, commercial cheats, or just vandals. It’s as if your house suddenly has not just a back door and a front door but ten more new doors, […]
Laywers and Solicitors advising on Cryptocurrency FCA Regulation

15th Aug 2019

Cryptocurrency FCA Regulation

In January this year, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a consultation paper setting out its proposals for guidance on cryptoassets; in particular it looks at where cryptoassets would be considered ‘specified investments’ under the Regulated Activities Order (RAO).  In July, ‘Final Guidance on Cryptoassets’ was published to guide businesses in understanding whether their cryptoasset […]
FCA proposes cryptocurrency sale ban to retail customers. Financial services, cheltenham solicitors

02nd Aug 2019

FCA proposes cryptocurrency sale ban to retail customers

Cryptocurrency has been seen as an emerging market in recent years, but we could be set to see the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposing a ban on the sale, marketing and distribution of cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, to retail customers. The FCA defines retail customers as those individuals who are acting outside of their trade, […]
Cyber security threats should be high on schools’ agenda. Kristine Scott, Education Solicitor based in Cheltenham at Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

20th Jun 2019

Cyber security threats should be high on schools’ agenda

Addressing cyber security threats with as much urgency and focus as any health and safety risk is the way forward for schools, Kristine Scott, head of our education sector, has said in a White Paper published by Endsleigh Insurance. Endsleigh’s survey of independent schools showed that although 61% had experienced a cyber attack in the […]
Regulation of bitcoin in the UK. banking and finance solicitors

20th Mar 2019

Regulation of bitcoin in the UK

For almost a decade, there has been a growth in the popularity of cryptocurrencies and virtual currency, such as Bitcoins and Litecoins, as their market capitalisation continues to experience significant growth. Their popularity comes from their volatility, lack of regulation and the potential to make extraordinary profits rapidly, without restrictions from investments and financial markets. […]

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Nicola McNeely, Partner, Head of Technology Sector

I’ve helped lots of businesses with their digital transformation and software outsourcing. I can help with contracts, policies and business procedures. As Head of Technology sector at HCR, I’m here to help.

Claire Holford, Partner

As a partner in the dispute resolution team I like to help my clients try to resolve problems and disputes quickly and cost effectively. Please talk to me about cyber insurance claims, cyber liability issues, defence disputes and forensic evidence investigations.

Simon Beasley, Partner

I assess complex problems, investigate the issues and design strategies to get the best possible outcome for my clients, when they have a dispute. My cyber work includes taking action against former employees or competitors of my clients, who have used information about my clients or have sought to defame them.

Jenny Raymond, Partner

I regularly protect my clients where there has been a data breach, or sensitive data has been placed in the hands of competitors, by enforcing restrictive covenants in contracts with employees, directors and shareholders.

Mohammed Toqeer, Solicitor

“Passionate”, “practical” and “personable” are some of the words used by clients I have worked for. I have expertise advising on commercial contracts for a broad range of clients from tech start-ups to established players in the technology, media and telecoms sector.

Dan Hyde, Partner

I am a renowned cyber law expert assisting government, multinationals, SMEs and individuals with specialist support. Whatever your cyber or tech requirements please get in touch to see how I can add value.

Steve Thomas, Partner

For a large part of my career I worked as an in-house lawyer in technology and outsourcing businesses, helping them to protect and licence their Intellectual Property. As a partner in the Commercial team at HCR I advise tech and cyber businesses with their IP and contracts.

Kristine Scott, Head of Education and Charities Sector, and Cheltenham Office

As Head of the Cheltenham office, I’m keen to ensure we are part of the regional cyber ecosystem, to support businesses and provide them with the advice they need to grow and succeed. Our Cyber Conference is a key part of that and you can book your place today.

Tim Ward, Partner, Head of Corporate in Cheltenham

I have gained great interest and understanding of the type of work and entrepreneurial nature of cyber businesses and how, as a Corporate lawyer, I can best support their future ambitions.

Inger Anson, Partner, Head of Cambridge Office

As a partner in our Corporate team, clients rely on my years of experience advising early stage companies on the fundraising process and how to manage the legals simply and with agility.

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