While there is widespread commitment to strengthening cybersecurity nationally and globally, recent high-profile data security incidents demonstrate the persistence of cyber-attacks and their devastating financial and reputational effects on an enterprise, its officers, directors, employees and shareholders.

Private- and public-sector organizations from a wide range of industries face a broad spectrum of threats ranging from the breach of a computer network to the theft or loss of personal information, intellectual property and financial data.

Complying with complex laws involving data protection and loss, consumer protection, privacy, disclosure requirements combined with increased regulatory oversight and class action activity requires a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity both before a data breach and afterwards. 

How We Can Help

The Blakes Cybersecurity group is a multidisciplinary team of lawyers with significant technology, regulatory, privacy, employment, financial services, crisis management and litigation expertise. We understand the complex, interrelated legal, technical and compliance issues involved in cybersecurity. Our experienced team advises clients at all points along the cyber-risk spectrum: from risk mitigation to incident response and dispute resolution.

Risk Mitigation

We work with clients across a wide range of industries to proactively develop measures and controls for mitigating the risk of a data breach. We have particular expertise advising on compliance requirements in highly regulated industries, such as financial services, investment management, and life sciences.

We regularly advise on:

  • Improving privacy, data use, breach response policies and procedures, communications, and training
  • Privacy and data security risks associated with outsourcing data and in connection with new technologies
  • Drafting data protection terms for service provider agreements
  • Data protection obligations under various federal and provincial legislation
  • Educating board of directors, the C‑suite and IT managers of the risks of data breaches, including the potential business, financial, reputational and legal risks unique to each enterprise
  • Risks associated with data collection and retention 

In the area of competition law, we advise on information sharing among competitors/ industry associations as part of joint/shared responses to threats and on cybersecurity issues arising in the context of securing approval under the Investment Canada Act, particularly with respect to technology businesses.

Incident Response

In the immediate aftermath of a cyber-attack, we work with subject-matter experts within Blakes and other external advisers to provide strategic and expedient counsel on: 

  • Incident response and crisis management involving the legal, IT, communications, HR and training functions across an organization as well as third-party vendors
  • Legally required notice under provincial privacy laws and health privacy legislation (federal legislation is pending)
  • Responding to allegations of misuse of personal data by an employee
  • Conducting internal investigations and managing investigations by law enforcement or regulators
  • Public relations and media management
  • Management of consumer concerns
  • Negotiations with payment card issuers
  • Call centre and investor relations communications and training
  • Potential class action liability 

Dispute Resolution

Blakes has the expertise and experience to defend class actions and other litigation resulting from data breaches. In addition to regularly coordinating with U.S. and other foreign counsel, we offer true cross-border experience: members of our team have acted in the U.S. as counsel to major retailers and service providers in responding to litigation and U.S. government investigations arising from their data breaches.

Examples of our privacy class action defence and other litigation experience include advising:

  • A major North American automotive manufacturer in a proposed privacy class action
  • Defending a corporation in a class action related to the loss of data tapes containing the personal and financial information of its customers
  • Representing an investment firm in a class action in Saskatchewan arising from the theft of a computer hard drive that allegedly contained private investment and personal data
  • Advising a defendant in a class action relating to alleged hacking of a database of information collected through a customer loyalty program 

Our litigators are supported by our market-leading E-Discovery & Document Management team, who provide strategic advice on processes for protecting the security and privacy of documents and data in significant document production and discovery obligations.




Lawyers in our Cybersecurity group are recognized for their expertise in technology law, privacy, dispute resolution, class action defence, competition, securities and financial services regulatory, and employment law in the most recent editions of the following publications:  

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • Who’s Who Legal 




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Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4297
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Technology, Cannabis, Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology & Innovation, FinTech, Trademarks, Anti-Spam, Mergers & Acquisitions, IP Licensing & Agreements
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4329
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Technology, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology & Innovation
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4138
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Technology, Privacy & Data Protection
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2269
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Product Liability, Privacy & Data Protection, Communications, Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Competition Litigation, Freedom of Information, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Public & Political Law, Drones, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Misleading Advertising
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4031
Areas of Expertise: Anti-Spam, Health Products, IP Licensing & Agreements, Technology, Privacy & Data Protection, Life Sciences, Retail, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cybersecurity, Public & Political Law, Consumer Protection, Autonomous & Connected Vehicles, Health & Product Regulatory, Health Products, Healthcare Compliance, Marketing & Advertising, Contests & Games, Freedom of Information
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2358
Areas of Expertise: Cybersecurity, FinTech, Technology, IP Licensing & Agreements, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology & Innovation
Counsel, inSource | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2459
Areas of Expertise: E-Discovery & Document Management, inSource, Competition & Antitrust, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4262
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, China, Europe, United States, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Criminal Investigations & Prosecutions, Competition Law Compliance, SIR/E-Discovery, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Japan, Pension Funds, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Public & Political Law
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4021
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Outsourcing, Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Financial Services, IP Licensing & Agreements, FinTech, Banking, Insurance, Power, Technology & Innovation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Credit Unions, Financial Services M&A
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2408
Areas of Expertise: Arbitration, Media & Defamation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Privacy & Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Public & Political Law, Competition Litigation, Criminal Investigations & Prosecutions, Misleading Advertising, Freedom of Information
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3266
Areas of Expertise: inSource, Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Competition Litigation, Merger Review & Control, SIR/E-Discovery, Securities Litigation, E-Discovery & Document Management, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4008
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Communications, India, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Copyright, IP Licensing & Agreements, Patents, Trademarks, Gaming, Outsourcing, Cybersecurity, Defence, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Drones, Sports, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology & Innovation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2399
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Product Liability, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Freedom of Information, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Public & Political Law, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Competition & Antitrust, Competition Litigation, Privacy & Data Protection
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3327
Areas of Expertise: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Labour Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy & Data Protection, Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation, Executive Compensation, Freedom of Information, Public & Political Law, Corporate Litigation, Cybersecurity, Employment & Labour, Anti-Spam
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9724
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Privacy & Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Labour Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Arbitration
General Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4291
Areas of Expertise: Cybersecurity
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9798
Areas of Expertise: Employment Litigation, Labour Law, Privacy & Data Protection, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Executive Compensation, Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation, Privacy & Data Protection, Cybersecurity
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4166
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Arbitration, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Cybersecurity
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3053
Areas of Expertise: Privacy & Data Protection, Marketing & Advertising, Cybersecurity, Freedom of Information, Technology & Innovation, Health & Product Regulatory
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9654
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Energy, Corporate Litigation, IP Litigation, Media & Defamation, Arbitration, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3161
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Marketing & Advertising, Life Sciences, Privacy & Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Drones, Consumer Protection, Competition & Antitrust, Health & Product Regulatory, Misleading Advertising, Anti-Spam, Contests & Games, Gaming
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9613
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Privacy & Data Protection, Public & Political Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Anti-Spam, Freedom of Information
Counsel, inSource | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4191
Areas of Expertise: E-Discovery & Document Management, SIR/E-Discovery, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, inSource, Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9753
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Oil & Gas, Insurance Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Product Liability, Securities Litigation, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5297
Areas of Expertise: Outsourcing, FinTech, Technology & Innovation, Banking, Insurance, Communications, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Retail, Technology, Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection, Procurement, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, IP Licensing & Agreements, Financial Services M&A
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