- Recommended lawyer, 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, The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
"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."
- Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
"Tom Pelham is also ‘highly regarded’."
- Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 UK 2017
"Tom Pelham ‘really understands our business and works with us to deliver a favourable outcome’…"
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. He contributed to the latest edition of Kennedys’ Claims Handling Law and Practice Guide which was published in February 2021.
- Qualified in England and Wales in 2008