This notice explains when and why we collect personal information about you; how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.
This notice does not apply to any websites that may have a link to ours.
Who we are
Data is collected, processed and stored by Adam Douglas Legal LLP; and we are what is known as the ‘data controller’ of the personal information you provide to us.
Adam Douglas Legal LLP is a limited liability partnership, authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 596886.
Our Data Protection Partner is Claire Skene who can be contacted by email
What we need
The exact information we will request from you will depend on what you have asked us to do or what we are contracted to do for you.
There are two types of personal data (personal information) that you may provide to us:
Sources of information
Information about you may be obtained from a number of sources; including:
Why we need it
The primary reason for asking you to provide us with your personal data, is to allow us to carry out your requests – which will ordinarily be to represent you and carry out your legal work.
The following are some examples, although not exhaustive, of what we may use your information for:
Who has access to it
We have a data protection regime in place to oversee the effective and secure processing of your personal data. We will not sell or rent your information to third parties. We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.
Generally, we will only use your information within Adam Douglas Legal. However there may be circumstances, in carrying out your legal work, where we may need to disclose some information to third parties; for example:
In the event any of your information is shared with the aforementioned third parties, we ensure that they comply, strictly and confidentially, with our instructions and they do not use your personal information for their own purposes unless you have explicitly consented to them doing so.
There may be some uses of personal data that may require your specific consent. If this is the case we will contact you separately to ask for your consent which you are free to
withdraw at any time.
How do we protect your personal data
We recognise that your information is valuable and we take all reasonable measures to protect it whilst it is in our care.
We have exceptional standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personally identifiable data from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. Similarly, we adopt a high threshold when it comes to confidentiality obligations and both internal and
external parties have agreed to protect confidentiality of all information; to ensure all personal data is handled and processed in line with our stringent confidentiality and data protection policies.
We use computer safeguards and we enforce, where possible, physical access controls to our buildings and files to keep data safe.
How long will we keep it for
Your personal information will be retained, usually in computer or manual files, only for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which the information was collected; or as required by law; or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you may hold with us. For example:
What are your rights?
Under GDPR, you are entitled to access your personal data (otherwise known as a 'right to access'). If you wish to make a request, please do so in writing addressed to our Data Protection Partner or contact the person dealing with your matter.
A request for access to your personal data means you are entitled to a copy of the data we hold on you – such as your name, address, contact details, date of birth, information regarding your health etc. - but it does not mean you are entitled to the documents that contain this data.
Under certain circumstances, in addition to the entitlement to ‘access your data’, you have the following rights:
Complaints about the use of personal data
If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Partner who will investigate further.
If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are not processing your personal data in accordance with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO can be contacted on 0303 123 1113 or by post using the following address: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF
How the law protects you
Data Protection law says that we are allowed to use personal information only if we have a
proper reason to do so, the law says we
must have one of the following reasons:
To fulfil a contract we have with you
When it our legal duty
When it is in our legitimate interest
When you consent to it
A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information.
How we protect your personal information
We will only ever use non sensitive personal information to target individuals with marketing materials; such as name, address, telephone, email and previous instructions. Sensitive information or specific details will never be used to target marketing communications.
Any questions regarding this notice and our privacy practices should be sent by email.
You can download this information here.