Hans Allnutt - DAC Beachcroft
Hans Allnutt

Hans Allnutt is a partner and leads DAC Beachcroft's cyber and data risk team.

Hans is a litigation specialist advising on disputes involving financial institutions, professionals, technology, telecommunications and media clients.  Hans' practice includes national and international litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution.

He is an expert on cyber risk and data breach incidents. Hans is also instructed by corporate clients on non-contentious data protection and privacy issues.

For insurer clients, Hans advises on policy wording and claims under PI, D&O, Cyber and Tech E&O insurance policies.

Hans is widely published on the topic of cyber risk, cyber insurance, data protection and information security. He is regularly invited to speak at industry and client sponsored events.

Hans tweets about cyber risk and privacy issues via @legallnutt.

Incident response and data breach advice includes:

  • Advising on the recovery of funds stolen from a professional firm as a result of a vishing attack;
  • Advising a Virtual ISP following a data breach in relation to the inadvertent disclosure of over 5m personal data records;
  • Advising a telecoms company suffering one of the widest publicised data breaches in the UK history;
  • Advising the MD of a finance broking house following a cyber extortion demand and data breach;
  • Advising on various PCI-DSS breaches;
  • Coordinating global notification advice for various US companies who have suffered data breaches;
  • Advising on the aftermath of the theft by hackers of personal data and confidential information from a mobile telecoms company;
  • Advising in respect of a non-physical damage BI cyber insurance claim in respect of a major retailer.

Recent litigation advice includes:

  • Defending an IT company in respect of a claim arising from a negligent installation of hardware;
  • Advising an IT company on a dispute in relation to its financial services software;
  • Defending a content management solutions company in a multi-million pound project failure dispute.

Recent advisory work includes:

  • Cyber risk insurance wordings, coverage, systemic exposures and silent cyber.
  • Cyber risk corporate governance and strategies;
  • Data protection and GDPR implementation programmes;
  • Breach and cyber incident response plans and workshops;
  • Data protection and privacy training.

Industry Memberships and recognition:

  • Chairman, International Underwriting Association Cyber Claims Committee
  • Cyber Risk & Insurance Forum, Member
  • Advisen Insights Conference, Advisory Board Member
  • Cyber Security Law & Practice, Editorial Board Member
  • Litigation Rising Star, Legal Week, 2016
  • Legal Innovator of the Year, Nominated, Legal Business Awards 2016

Academic and press contribution highlights include:

  • UK tribunal rules on legality of bulk data collection by security and intelligence agencies, Leading Internet Caselaw, Dec 2016
  • The UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021, Cyber Security Practitioner, Dec 2016
  • Rising Tide of Cyber Risks Could Swamp the Insurance Market, Computers & Law Magazine, Oct 2015
  • Three perspectives on cyber security for financial services, E-finance & Payments Law & Policy, Sep 2015
  • In-depth: Getting ready for the risk, Insurance Age, Jul 2015
  • The importance of managing cyber risk for e-commerce, E-Commerce Law and Policy Journal, May 2015
  • EC highlights cyber crime as priority in Agenda on Security, Cyber security Law and Practice Journal, May 2015
  • Appeal decision may fuel cyber insurance growth, Insurance Day, Apr 2015
  • IT Security: A problem shared is a problem halved, E-Commerce Law Reports Journal, Aug 2014*
  • A BIBA broker's guide to Cyber Risks (Parts 1 and 2), 2014

Industry speaking engagement highlights include:

  • Hacked! Institute of Directors, London, June 2016
  • Verisk Risk Symposium, London, June 2016
  • Geneva Association Annual Assembly, Rome, June 2016
  • Legal Practice Management Conference, London, May 2016
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, London, April 2016
  • Advisen Cyber Risks Insights Conference, London, 9 Feb 2016
  • The Security Institute, Cyber Risk and Insurance Conference, 3 Nov 2015
  • Association of British Insurers, Cyber Insurance Conference, London, 11 May 2015
  • Chartered Insurance Institute, London , 16 Apr 2015
  • Advisen's Cyber Risks Insights Conference, New York, Oct 2014
  • Insurance Technology Forum, 23 Sep 2014
  • C5's 4th Cyber Risk and Data Protection Insurance Forum, Sep 2014
  • AIRMIC Cyber Security Workshop, Nov 2013
  • Institute of Risk Managers, Nov 2013
  • Infosecurity Magazine Webinar, Penetration testing: staying a step ahead of the hackers, Nov 2013
  • Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association, Jul 2012
  • International Association of Claims Professionals, Lloyd's Library, Apr 2012.



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