More than half of the emails sent by UK law firms contain confidential data despite the majority of practices shunning encryption technology, according to research out today.

The survey, commissioned by email security company Securecoms, reveals that 82 per cent of respondents were aware that confidential messages pass through many places before they reach the intended recipient, yet less than ten per cent of UK law firms encrypt emails.

According to the study, almost half of legal firms believe message security is a priority, but only 20 per cent feel that there is a simple product available.

“This survey clearly identified a high level of confusion among law firms regarding email security,” said David Ford, chief executive of Securecoms, in a statement. “UK law firms need to be made aware of the true nature of the threat posed by email interception, despite recommendations contained in the email security guidelines issued by the Law Society.”