Family Hacking


“Hacking” is the interception of another individual’s email account, social media, text messages or voicemail messages without their consent. The law recognises that an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to their private communications. Accordingly, any interception of such communications by a third party without consent is nearly always unlawful.

Much has been written about the antics of journalists and private detectives hacking into the voicemails of celebrities, but these practices are also increasingly happening in a family setting.

In cases where a husband, wife or partner believes that the other is cheating, it’s become increasingly common to hack into their phones, tablets or computers.

Another setting where this happens is when a couple are divorcing or dissolving their civil partnership and they suspect that their ex-partner is hiding evidence of his or her wealth. In order to discover whether a former partner is concealing evidence about their assets, the husband, wife or civil partner hacks into their former partner’s electronic devices to discover the truth.

We have also come across cases where one partner has hacked into the other’s emails to see what advice their solicitor is giving them about a divorce. Another case involved one partner hacking into his ex-wife’s phone to discover a pin number used for dealing shares – and then selling them.

Our solicitors have been at the forefront of numerous successes involving phone hacking, for those in and out of the public eye. We have also got an enviable reputation for effectively dealing with email and social media cases. We know how to take quick and efficient action against all forms of hacking and force the perpetrators to stop their activities immediately.


If you suspect your former spouse or partner is hacking, or has hacked, your phone, tablet or computer for any reason, contact our expert solicitors on: 020 7427 5970 or