British Airways data breach group action guide

With the British Airways data breach group action given the go ahead earlier this month, it’s important to know how best to approach making a claim for compensation.

Commonly, when new group actions get the go ahead, loads of law firms start marketing their services for cases. Some of these firms haven’t even been helping people since news of the cyberattacks broke last year and are coat-tailing off the back of those of us who have been at the front of the fight for justice for a long time now.

If it has all got a bit confusing, which we know it can do, read this concise guide for a few helpful pointers from a law firm appointed to the Steering Committee of the BA Group Action.

What is the British Airways data breach group action?

The British Airways data breach group action is an action for compensation for victims of the 2018 cyber-attacks.

Some 500,000 people had their personal information exposed in the attack, and victims can be entitled to make a claim for data breach compensation as part of the BA Group Action.

You don’t have to have suffered financial losses to claim, although if you have, we can look to recover those for you. Victims can be entitled to damages for the distress caused by the loss of control of personal information.

Is there a GLO / class action?

A GLO (Group Litigation Order – sometimes referred to as a “class action”) for the British Airways data breach group action was given the go ahead by Mr Justice Warby at the start of October.

The deadline to claim has been set for January 2021, although we recommend that you sign-up to join the action as soon as you can. There’s more to it than just registering your information, and the court may require you to have submitted evidence and information in advance of the deadline.

Based on our extensive experience in group action claiming, we can tell you that a lot of people miss the deadlines. Today, we received yet another enquiry from someone for a previous action we were on the Steering Committee for where the deadline passed ages ago.

Never risk leaving it too late!

What’s our position in the group action?

By order of the High Court of Justice, we have been appointed to the Steering Committee that’s responsible for conducting the litigation in the British Airways data breach group action.

This means that we can remain at the forefront of the battle for justice, and our clients can benefit from our position at the head of the action.

As a firm, our court appointment is a testament to our hard work so far in the fight for justice, as well as recognition of our experience. For our clients, it means they can claim with confidence with a firm at the head of the legal case.

Joining the British Airways data breach group action

Joining the British Airways data breach group action is easy.

All you need to do is head over to the BA Group Action website here and check your eligibility. If you can claim, you can start your case there and then and sign-up for our No Win, No Fee representation.

Take care when looking at law firms!

Since news of the formation of the GLO for the British Airways group action at the start of the month, a number of other law firms have suddenly started advertising for claims.

We think what’s important is to claim with a firm that’s fully dedicated to the fight for justice, which is why we were pleased with our appointment to the Steering Committee.

The important things to question are:

  • Is the firm on the Steering Committee? If they are, like we are, it shows they want to be at the heart of the fight for justice;
  • When did they start taking cases on, and did they attend the huge hearing at the start of October? We know that some of the firms advertising for claims didn’t bother to attend!
  • How many years have they been representing people specifically for data protection claims?
  • Will you be getting No Win, No Fee representation?
  • Are they simply “registering” claimants, or actually taking real cases forward?

IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.

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