If you contact us, or are a client of our firm, you will give us personal data about your circumstances. We will use this data for the service that you have requested from us. We keep your personal information securely. We will sometimes suggest obtaining more information from others as part of your case. We will discuss this with you including why we think it is necessary, and we will obtain your explicit consent. Where appropriate we might advise sharing your information with others, when it is necessary for your case, or the administration of your case, such as translators, experts, barristers.
In order to carry out your instructions we might transfer information about you to countries outside the European Economic area, and such countries may not provide similar protection as the UK. We will alert you if this is suggested.
Your details are not disclosed to any third party, outside assessors or regulatory bodies without your consent.
Sometimes we might send information to you about other services. We retain your information through the life of your case and for a further 6 years after its conclusion.
If you have any concern about how we hold your data, or you would like a copy of the data we hold, please contact us by raising it with the solicitor you are instructing or the Data Protection management Team.
As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can ask us for details of the data we hold about you and how we process it, and ask us to restrict, delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing. You can ask us to change incorrect or incomplete data. If you object to the processing of your personal data, or if you have provided your consent to processing and you later choose to withdraw it, we will respect that choice in accordance with our legal obligations.
Our lawful bases for processing your personal data is that of Contract and Legitimate Interest. We have a Legitimate Interest in our clients’ personal data in order to provide legal services and to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations. We will process your personal data in order to perform our contract with you and to take steps at your requests.
You can object to the processing of your data where we are relying on our legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing, and ask us to stop processing data for a period if data is inaccurate or there is a dispute about whether or not your interests override our legitimate grounds for processing data. Your objection (or withdrawal of any previously given consent) could mean that we are unable to perform the actions necessary to provide legal or other services to an individual.
Please note that if you chose to withdraw your consent we may be able to continue to process your personal data to the extent required or otherwise permitted by law, in particular in connection with exercising and defending our legal rights or meeting our legal and regulatory obligations.
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact the solicitor with conduct of your case in the first instance. Please note that the rights may be subject to exemptions under the Data Protection Act 2018.