Thank you for choosing to instruct me in your case. I will need to collect and hold your personal information in order to represent you.
I will take all possible steps to protect your personal information. I am determined to do nothing that would infringe your rights or undermine your trust.
This Privacy Notice describes the information I collect, how it is used and shared, and your rights regarding it.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a Data Controller for the personal data that I hold and process as a barrister. My registered address is Temple Garden Chambers, 1 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London, EC4Y 9DA and my registration number is Z2969550.
All of the information that I hold about you is provided or gathered in the course of your case and/or proceedings. Your solicitor and/or I will tell you why we need the information and how we will use it.
My Lawful Basis for processing your personal data
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires all organisations that process personal data to have a Lawful Basis for doing so. The Lawful Bases identified in the GDPR include:
- Consent of the data subject;
- Performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract;
- Compliance with a legal obligation;
- The legitimate interests of myself, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject.
Examples of legitimate interests include:
- Where the data subject is a client of the data controller;
- Transmission within a group of undertakings for internal administrative purposes;
- Processing necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access;
- Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud; and
- Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security.
Some personal data, which is especially sensitive, requires an additional lawful basis for processing. For example, medical records are in a special category. The special categories are data revealing:
- Racial or ethnic origin;
- Political opinions;
- Religious or philosophical beliefs;
- Trade Union membership; and
- Data concerning health or sex life and sexual orientation; and
- Genetic data or biometric data.
My Lawful Basis for processing your data is that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you (the “data subject”) are party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.
(The “contract” here is the contract for the provision of legal services to you, the data subject.)
My Lawful Basis for processing any special categories of personal data (i.e. sensitive personal data, such as medical records) is that the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
In the course of acting for you in your case, I may also process data relating to third parties (for example, the other party in the dispute, or someone else whose information is relevant, such as a witness). My lawful basis for processing any third party’s information is that processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which I as data controller am subject, namely the obligation to provide legal services under the contract with you.
I use personal information to:
- Provide legal advice and representation
- Investigate and address your concerns;
- Assist in the training of pupils and mini-pupils;
- Communicate with you about news, updates and events;
- Investigate or address legal proceedings relating to your use of my services/products, or as otherwise allowed by applicable law.
I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.
I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This includes:
- Email address;
- Phone number;
- Postal Address;
- Date of birth;
- Location details;
- Device IP addresses;
- Social media details
- Financial information;
- Employment information
- Medical information;
- Criminal Records
I may share your personal data with:
- Instructing solicitors;
- Opposing Counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case;
- My Chambers management and staff who provide administrative services;
- Pupil or mini pupil, under my training;
- Judges and staff of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service
- My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
- Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties to meet our legal obligations;
- Any other party where I ask you and you consent to the sharing.
Transfers to third countries and international organisations
I do not transfer any personal data to third countries or international organisations.
I retain your personal data while you remain a client unless you ask me to delete it. My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:
- There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
- I am legally required to retain it; or
- There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to fraud prevention and protecting clients’ safety and security.
The GDPR gives you specific rights around your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you, you can ask me to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, you can ask me to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask me to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred.
You can find out more about your rights from the ICO’s website http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public/personal_information and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I dealt with you.
Accessing and Correcting Your Information
You may request access to, correction of, or a copy of your information by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I will occasionally update my Privacy Notice. When I make significant changes, I will notify you of these by publishing the updated Notice on my website profile.