A new Winkworth Sherwood partner has come a cropper after failing to blind copy 600 contacts taken from his former firm in an email informing them of his move.
New employment partner Blair Adams, who joined from Wedlake Bell, managed to commit the apparent data breach on his first day in the job last Monday.
Adams emailed approximately 600 contacts to tell them he had moved firm. Unfortunately he put all of their names in the "To" field rather than the "Bcc" field, so they could all see each other's email addresses.
Several of the humourless contacts have filed complaints, according to a source.
"First email, sent!"
Wedlake Bell Managing Partner Martin Arnold was said to be "incandescent", not least because Blair's electronic file of clients was downloaded from Blair's Wedlake Bell account.
Both Winckworth Sherwood and Wedlake Bell have reported the breach to the ICO and are considering their duty to report Blair to the SRA, RollOnFriday understands.
Arnold told RollOnFriday, "We know that on Monday 1st July, an email was sent to various people by our former Partner Blair Adams from his Winckworth Sherwood email account. The matter is being dealt with appropriately".
"It is important to stress that Wedlake Bell had no knowledge that Blair Adams had taken any client contacts from his Outlook account before he left the firm", he added, "other than those where client consent had been received".
A spokesman for Winckworth Sherwood confirmed that “a new starter" at the firm "accidentally shared a limited number of email addresses by inadvertently using the ‘to’ field instead of the ‘bcc’ field when sending their new contact details".
"This was an isolated incident and the email addresses were the only data shared", he said. "On becoming aware of the issue we acted promptly to expunge the data from all devices and systems. We have self-reported the matter to the relevant regulatory authorities.”