Cleaver Fulton Rankin recognises the growing importance of cyber security in our commercial markets. We have established a specialised Cyber Risk Unit in order to tackle the dynamic legal issues that appear within this area.

We appreciate that cyber-attacks are not only costly to a business but can also do irreparable reputational damage. Unfortunately, it is not possible to simply avoid commercial threats in today’s web based business landscape but successfully navigating it is about understanding and managing the risks.

The team combines experience from IP and Technology, Dispute Resolution and Information Governance in order to provide a complete seamless service to our clients. Dealing with cyber risk requires a multi-disciplinary effort and legal advice is only one part of that effort. We work in collaboration with other advisors, forensic accountants and insurers, to ensure that our clients receive the most comprehensive and commercial advice on cyber issues.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Transactional and institutional due diligence and review of cyber issues e.g. technical security and contracts with third party providers.
  • Cyber risks caused by employees, intentionally or otherwise.
  • Advising on policies and procedures to deal with cyber risk e.g. employment contracts, data protection and retention and IT use policies.
  • Crisis management, notification and complaints to regulatory and enforcement bodies.
  • Cyber litigation – loss and damage claims and under the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Advising on insurance.
  • Training and awareness of cyber risk.

Why us?

Our team has extensive experience advising on transactions and disputes that have issues relating to cyber security. We take the time to understand our clients’ businesses, this means we also understand the specific risks to them helping enable them to manage those risks in a commercial and proportionate way.

Our team consists of dispute resolution, employment, and commercial lawyers who provide a depth of resource and specialism and combine contentious and non-contentious expertise for a seamless approach. Head of department Michael King is described in legal 500  as the ‘contentious specialist’ showing ‘impressive ability to quickly get up to speed on the intricacies of a client’s business’.

Chambers and Partners UK have recommended Lisa Boyd who “consistently delivers beyond expectation,” and Michael Black is “clearly an expert in his field” he “has the ability to understand the nature of our business and its key drivers.”

We provide a full service solution to our clients’ cyber issues and we also enjoy an extensive network of other professionals specialising in cyber security and can call on those expertise as required.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin takes its own advice on managing cyber risk. It was awarded Cyber Essentials Certification, a UK governmental and industry-backed scheme which helps organisations to protect themselves against cyber-attacks. We were one of the first law firms in Northern Ireland do get this certification and our cyber strategy also includes membership of CISP UK.