01 December 2017 

Commenting on today’s decision in the Morrisons data leak trial of liability, Nick McAleenan, a partner and data privacy law specialist at JMW Solicitors, who represents the 5,518 claimants, hailed it as a landmark case.

He said: “The High Court has ruled that Morrisons was legally responsible for the data leak.

“We welcome the judgment and believe that it is a landmark decision, being the first data leak class action in the UK.

“Every day, we entrust information about ourselves to businesses and organisations. We expect them to take responsibility when our information is not kept safe and secure.

“In the Morrisons case, almost 100,000 bank account details, national insurance numbers and other data was entrusted to a fellow employee to look after. Instead, however, he uploaded the information to the internet.

“This private information belonged to my clients. They are Morrisons’ checkout staff, shelf stackers, factory workers – ordinary people doing their jobs.

“The consequences of this data leak were serious. It created significant worry, stress and inconvenience for my clients.

“Data breaches are not a trivial or inconsequential matter. They have real victims. At its heart, the law is not about protecting data or information – it is about protecting people.”


Notes to editors

Nick McAleenan is available for interview.

For media / interview enquiries ONLY please contact Samantha Meakin in the press office. 

JMW Solicitors LLP is one of the leading Manchester law firms and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients. 

The claimants are also represented by barristers Jonathan Barnes and Victoria Jolliffe of
5RB Chambers. 

Morrisons has been granted permission to appeal. There will be a future court hearing to determine what compensation Morrisons must pay to the many victims. 

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