Chambers General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance:
Under the General Data Protection Regulations, we are required to inform you about how your personal information will be obtained, used, disclosed and managed by us.
How your data will be treated by us:
Any personal data provided to Chambers will be used first and foremost to secure and provide you with the legal services you have sought from us and the Barristers who work from or with Chambers.
The personal data you provide us with may additionally be used for updating case records, improving our practice and performance in our work for you and others, statutory returns and compliance with professional/regulatory obligations upon us and the Barristers who work with or from Chambers.
You will have agreed to allow us to pass your personal data to Barristers and others (including other legal professionals, Chambers administration staff, experts etc.) who will be involved with the processing and management of the legal services we provide you with.
We will only ever disclose your personal data when it is necessary to do so and in the furtherance of the work you have instructed us to undertake for you.
The length of time we will store personal data
We will only ever store your information for as long as is reasonably required to conclude the work you have instructed Chambers and the Barristers who work for or with Chambers to do for you.
We aim to keep your personal data for the minimum period of time possible in all cases but in some instances it may be necessary to retain it for longer than your instructed work is being worked upon by Chambers and the Barristers who work for or with Chambers.
Our aim is in all cases to destroy all personal data that could lead to the identification of its subject within 6 years and that once the work we have been instructed to perform has been completed any such data that is retained before destruction will only be retained in an anonymized format.
Your right according to the GDPR
The General Data Protection Regulations provide that any person who believes Chambers to hold data relating to them personally or that could lead to them being identified by that data can request access to any such data by Chambers to inspect the same and to gain an explanation for its retention by chambers.
You can request that any of your personal data held by chambers be updated, corrected or reviewed (including a request for a review of the reason for continuing to hold such data).
Requests can be made for any such personal data to be destroyed.
Personal data can be used to inform automated decision making but Chambers policy is to keep such automation to a minimum, however the subjects of any personal data held by chambers may request that their data not be processed in such a way in any regard.
The data subject may also object to the processing of their data at all or request a restriction on the processing of their data by Chambers, it should be noted that such a request may have an effect on Chambers ability to communicate with that person or to carry out instructions to chambers to perform work.
The General Data Protection Regulation can be found at https://www.ico.org.uk.
The Data Protection Act 2018 can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018/12/contents/enacted
We take the security of your information very seriously and we have ensured that appropriate measures and safeguards are in place to provide unauthorised access to your information.
GDPR requests or Complaints
Initial request and Complaints should be made to Chambers Director by e-mail at:
who will thereafter contact you within 14 days to ascertain any further information required by Chambers to fully investigate or deal with your reason for contacting Chambers.
Initial requests and complaints will thereafter be dealt with by Chambers and Alex Fletcher who is the nominated Chambers GDPR compliance officer. It is anticipated that Chambers will supply you with a full response to your concern within 30 days of your initial contact.
On occasion however further time may be required if an in-depth investigation is required before a response can be given, in such circumstances you will be notified of the requirement for further time and you will be provided with a best possible estimate for when a full response will be given.
If after the full response has been given you remain dissatisfied or feel that your request has not been dealt with properly then you are able to complain directly to the Information Commissioners Office by visiting http://ico.org.uk/concerns or by calling them on 0303 123 1113.