Nelsons Solicitors Data Breach – Solicitors Firm Hacked

Derby based business, Nelsons solicitors has been hit with a data breach. Confidential data such as clients’ personal data has been accessed in a cyber attack. 

Worried your business could be at risk of a data breach? Here’s how you can mitigate and prevent risk of a cyber attack.

Nelsons Solicitors Data Breach Story

The Derby Legal firm, Nelsons Solicitors, suffered a data breach, which exposed their confidential data such as client’s personal details.

Clients of the solicitors firm say they’ve received notice that their details have been accessed by cyber criminals. One says they’ve been informed that their confidential information which includes details about their identification has been hijacked.

The firm has informed the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about the cyber attack. An ICO spokesperson said: “We are aware of the reported cyber incident involving Nelson’s Solicitors Limited and are currently making further enquires with the organisation.”

Nelsons Solicitors are trying to help and look after their clients as much as possible, a quote from themselves state: “It is our goal to support those impacted by the cyber security incident in the best way possible. We therefore put experts in place to best answer questions and offer tailored advice. In the notification letters, we also offered additional support through proactive fraud assistance, resolution services, and fraud resolution insurance reimbursement”.

To see more quotes from both Nelsons Solicitors and the ICO, you can read The Derby Telegraphs story here.

There is likely to be a fine issued at the end of the investigation but the amount will be based on several factors.

They will look at how much effort was applied by Nelsons to mitigate the risks of the data breach in the first place.

How to lower the Risk of a Data Breach

After seeing the news about the Nelsons Solicitors data breach, you might be worried that your business could be at risk of a cyber attack. Here are the best tips and practises to help mitigate the risk of a data breach.


Multi-Factor Authentication

Enable MFA on any accounts that are accessible from the internet, for everyone.

What’s Multi-Factor Authentication?

Cyber Security Awareness

Make sure all employees within the business are upto date and provided with Cyber Security awareness training.


Cyber Essentials Certification

Go through a Cyber Essentials Plus Certification.

Learn more about Cyber Essentials Here.

Keep Software Updated

Update software on all devices as quickly as possible when a vulnerability has been discovered and patched.

Email Security

Layer your email security with advanced threat protection.

Learn about Email Security Here.

Security Monitoring

Have a team of experts who monitor all activity for potential anomalies which could suggest someone attempting to breach security.

Password Manager

Use a secure password manager (Not the saved password option in a browser) and make every password unique and complex with a minimum of 15 characters.

Find out more about Password Managers

Endpoint Protection

 Utilise endpoint protection software and application whitelisting to mitigate the risk of malicious software.

Dark Web Monitoring

 Monitor the dark web for breached data such as passwords to ensure that anything which is leaked is changed.

What’s Dark Web Monitoring?

Where do I Start?


That list of Cyber Security practises my seem like a lot of stuff, leaving you thinking where to start?

Everything listed above is provided by Reformed IT as standard when a business signs up for Managed IT Services with us.

If you don’t want to be the next local news story about how you suffered a data breach, get in touch, we’re positive we can help.

Contact our team by calling 01158 244 824 or using the button below.

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There’s many reasons that IT support with Reformed IT is a great choice for your business or organisation. If you choose Reformed IT for your IT support, you’ll receive all these benefits including help from members of our  experienced team when needed.

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We provide fully inclusive, onsite and remote IT support. In addition to that, it won’t cost you extra for an engineer to attend your site to resolve a technical issue.

Device Status Monitoring

When we take on your IT support, we deploy our monitoring agent onto all devices and servers. This alerts us to any issues which you may be unaware of.

Data Breach Monitoring

There are over 8 billion breached passwords and personal information available on the dark web. There’s a possibility that some of this data relates to your employees. We’ll monitor dark web activity and provide reports of breached passwords.

Cyber Essentials Certification

We ensure every one of our clients achieve their Cyber Essentials certification at no additional cost. We also help them towards Cyber Essentials Plus ensuring that everything is ready for assessment.

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Everyone wants to avoid computer viruses. We include anti-virus software as part of our IT support package to keep your devices safe and to save time when it comes to viruses.

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We can monitor your Microsoft 365 tenancy. If anything unexpected happens, we will quickly notice and take care of any issues. We will also give tips on how to make you Office 365 much more secure, if needed.

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We will ensure that all of your emails and files are backed up, at no extra cost. We recognise the importance of backups and disaster recovery so we feel it shouldn’t be an added extra.

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With our included Exclaimer signatures for Office 365 service, you can get more out of your email signatures instead of a simple message with no images.

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To keep you even safer from hackers, we provide globally recognised and market leading Cyber security training by KnowBe4. This online training portal will provide your teams with guidance and information to reduce the risk of hackers and scams.

Asset and Warranty Tracking & Reporting

We provide you with a list of your current assets in the business by using our powerful remote management tools. This creates a monthly asset report so you can keep track of your hardware life cycles.

Our Team

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Reformed IT Academy

We’ll provide your business with the best IT training and learning sources. With the Reformed IT Academy, you’ll be able to watch and complete over 700 courses to help grow your knowledge and skills.

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