Tom Pelham

Tom is a partner in the Manchester office. He specialises in cyber, breach response and data risk and he leads the firm’s UK cyber practice.

Tom has extensive experience in advising on the management and containment of data breaches and the regulatory issues flowing from them.  He has acted on some of the world’s most high-profile breaches as well as a huge variety of domestic cyber incidents involving ransomware, data exfiltration and system compromises.  He has been instrumental in developing the firm’s global cyber team and is regularly instructed to advise on the EU implications of breaches in the US, Canada and APAC.

In additional to his breach response practice, Tom advises on data protection issues and the defence of regulatory proceedings brought by the ICO.  He is also one of the leading figures in the emerging field of data subject claims and has assisted countless clients in developing defence strategies against claims brought by those seeking redress following data breaches.

Tom is widely known as a co-host of Kennedys' Cyber Sounds podcast and as a regular speaker at events across the globe.  He is a member of the IUA Cyber Claims Committee and the FOIL Cyber and Digital Liabilities Sector Focus Group.

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2008

 

Tom Pelham is a delight to work with. His no-fuss approach is exactly what we need and he puts our clients instantly at ease.

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Market recognition

  • Recommended lawyer for 'Professional negligence (North West)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2021
  • “He just gets the commercial aspect of the business and is very helpful.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (North West)'
    "Tom Pelham is a delight to work with. His no-fuss approach is exactly what we need and he puts our clients instantly at ease."
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (North West)'
    "Tom Pelham is also ‘highly regarded’."
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (North West)'
    "Tom Pelham ‘really understands our business and works with us to deliver a favourable outcome’…"
    The Legal 500 UK 2017

Work highlights

  • Advising on the management of a data breach involving one of the world’s leading fitness brands, involving 2.5m data subjects across more than 200 jurisdictions
  • Advising on the response to numerous ransomware incidents impacting organisations in the UK, US, Israel and Canada
  • Advising one of the UK’s most recognisable brands on the defence of an ICO investigation concerning alleged breach of PECR
  • Advising Insurers on the management of a data subject class action with an aggregate value of £25m
  • Advising a global luxury car brand on GDPR compliance and the management of data captured in on-board driver management systems
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2021

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017