Cyber Crime

At Kingsley Napley, we have vast experience of defending those accused of cyber crime, as well as those affected by it.  

We specialise in:

  • Cyber stalking, harassment and malicious communications
  • Possession / downloading of indecent images of children
  • “Sextortion” and revenge porn
  • Cyber fraud and theft offences
  • Offences under the Data Protection Act 1998

Our dedicated team has the technical, legal and tactical experience to advise you at every stage of your case.  Whether you are facing a criminal investigation or prosecution or have found yourself the target of such activity and need to take control of the situation, we can help.

If you find yourself accused of a computer-based offence, you need a legal team with the skills and experience to advise you on what can be technically complex issues of law.  

Your lawyers may well need multi-jurisdictional experience: cyber crime is by nature borderless and you may require advice upon mutual legal assistance, extradition and cross-border disclosure regimes.

Above all, you need advice from lawyers with years of practical experience of advising in this area and who pride themselves on taking a fearless and innovative approach to every case. 

In recent months, we have advised:

  • Companies whose confidential client data had been stolen by former employees / former directors
  • Individuals accused of accessing and disclosing confidential information held on their employers’ systems
  • Individuals accused of downloading / possessing indecent images of children 
  • Individuals being investigated for disseminating malicious communications
  • Company directors who may have incurred liability under the Data Protection Act for security breaches
  • Individuals at risk of devastating reputational damage due to falling victim to “sextortion” or webcam blackmail

What is cyber crime?

It is much wider than many realise. In essence, it is any criminal activity carried out using computers and/or the internet. It falls into two broad categories:

Firstly, there are offences where a computer is the object of the activity. These include such activity as hacking, phishing, spamming, deployment of viruses and denial of service attacks.

Secondly, there are offences where a computer is the tool by which the activity is carried out. Many substantive offences are unrelated to computers or the internet but technology is being used in their commission. Obvious examples include fraud, possession / dissemination of indecent images of children, identity theft, illegal downloads, cyber stalking, and hate crimes.

Cyber crime is an area of growing legal complexity.  In many cases, there is a grey area between freedom of expression and abusive communications.  In others, most notably hacking cases, there are legitimate differences in opinion as to what constitutes unlawful activity. The technical nature of some of these offences may mean that private individuals and companies may be unwittingly caught up in an investigation without realising that their actions have given rise to potential criminal liability.

Whether you are facing an interview under caution, have been charged with an offence or simply require a no-obligation conversation with an experienced solicitor about your options, please contact a member of the team to see how we can help.

Similarly, if you think you may have been the target of this type of activity and need practical advice as to managing the fall-out, we can provide the support you need.

Our experience in this field is unrivalled. This expertise is complemented by our renowned international crime team who can offer specialist advice, if required, in relation to any multi-jurisdictional aspects of your case.
We also recognise that cyber crime is often much broader than a purely criminal issue, particularly for those who have fallen victim to such conduct.  In those cases, we work closely with our colleagues in dispute resolution, employment and public law to identify and implement the best possible solution.

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