This Notice details how we process the personal data we hold about you, and how you can control the retention and use of that data. When you begin a working relationship with us, the data you provide may be used for different purposes and treated in different ways.
Jennings Perks Limited (registered number 08943979) of Lloyd House Chambers 3 High Street, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8LX is a company registered in England and Wales.
We are a ‘data controller’. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you and explaining it clearly to you. This notice applies to prospective, existing and former clients of Jennings Perks Solicitors (including employees), referrers, individuals who request information from us, any person or company who provides services to us, third parties acting for our clients, or parties on the other side of our client matters and lawyers acting for those parties.
We reserve the right to update this notice at any time and recommend that you regularly check our website for updates. This notice should be read in conjunction with other notices or information that we have provided to you.
If you have any questions about this notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact us on 01922 459000.
It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during the course of our engagement with you.
What type of information will we collect from you?
The personal information we collect will depend on the nature of the services we are providing and what we are contracted to do for you. Typically this might include the following:
Where necessary to act in your best interests, and for the establishment, exercise, or defence of your legal matter, we may need to process information which is very sensitive in nature such as diversity and health related details. In some circumstances we may need to share this information with third parties, for example a court or tribunal. If you volunteer sensitive personal data, you will be allowing us to process it as part of engaging our services.
On what basis can we process your information?
The legal grounds for processing your personal data are as follows:
Information collected from you about other people
In commercial matters, in the course of providing our legal, financial and other professional services to you we will hold and use personal information about you, your officers and/or your employees. When you provide personal information to us relating to your officers or employees, you confirm that you are allowed to do so. You should ensure that those individuals understand how their data will be used by us.
In personal matters you may be providing other third party data to us, for example details about your family members, in which case we will use such data as a data controller in our own right and will comply with data protection legislation in relation to use of that data. You must have the authority to disclose personal data if it relates to someone else and all data disclosed should be complete, accurate and up to date.
Our services are not aimed at children and in private client matters involving children, the children will be represented by their parents or guardians. Where we act for you in private matters involving children, we shall explain to you why we need the information and how it will be used, both when we initially collect the data and as your matter progresses.
What we are going to do with your information?
We will hold and use personal information about you in the following ways:
Information we collect about you from others
Information may be passed to us by third parties in the course of providing our legal services. The processing of this information will be necessary for the progression of your legal matter and to enable us to act in your best interests as your legal representative.
As a law firm we have an obligation to make you aware of anything that is relevant to your matter. When we obtain information about you from a third party rather than from you directly, we will notify you of any relevant information within a reasonable period, and provide you with details including the type of data and source it came from. Typically these sources may include:
How long we keep your data for
We will only retain your information for as long as is necessary to:
Typically we will store the information for six years from the date of your final bill.
Who your information will be shared with
Based upon the services you need we may pass your details to selected people or organisations (data processors) to carry out certain activities on our behalf. For example, personal information you provide may be disclosed to our agents, who may keep a record of that information.
We may pass your information to any third parties where required to do so in the course of providing legal services, or where we are obliged by law. This will include, but is not limited to:
At the outset of your matter we may not be aware of all the other parties involved as this will depend on the specific nature of the work.
We will not disclose (or sell) your personal information to any other third parties for marketing purposes.
Security of your data
Your data will be held on secure servers within the EU with all reasonable technological and operation measures put in place to safeguard it from unauthorised access. Where possible any identifiable information will be encrypted or minimised.
How you can access and update your information
You have a right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you, known as a data subject access request. You also have the right to request that information we hold about you which may be incorrect, or which has been changed since you first told us, is updated or removed. These requests are free of charge and can be sent to Risk Manager, Jennings Perks Solicitors, Lloyd House Chambers, 3 High Street, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8LX.
How you can object to us using your data
You can ask us to limit the way in which we are using your information or object to certain types of processing. We will do our best to comply with your request unless we have to use the information for legitimate business or legal purposes.
Please note that if you want us to restrict or stop processing your data this may impact on our ability to provide our services. Depending on the extent of your request we may be unable to continue acting for you and be forced to immediately cease acting. In these situations you would remain liable for the fees and disbursements incurred to date.
Any queries or concerns about the way in which your data is being used, please contact us on 01922 459000.
Moving your information to another organisation
You have the right to request that we send a copy of the personal data we hold about you to another organisation for your own purposes, for example when you are dealing with a different service provider. If you would like us to move, copy, or transfer your information to another organisation please let us know. We will respond to you within one month after assessing whether or not this is possible, taking into account the technical compatibility with the other organisation in question.
Complaints about the use of your personal data
If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact us to have the matter investigated by writing to Risk Manager, Jennings Perks Solicitors, Lloyd House Chambers, 3 High Street, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8LX.
If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the UK data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office. Further details can be found at www.ico.org.uk or 0303 123 1113.
If you are not our client
If you are not our client your personal data may be processed to enable us to provide legal advice to our client and may also be used in legal proceedings on behalf of our client. We are allowed to use your information because it is in the legitimate interests of our client (for example under the terms and conditions of a loan agreement) to do so. We may also have to use your personal data to comply with our own legal and regulatory obligations. If you have any questions about how your personal data is being used, please contact the Risk Manager, Jennings Perks Solicitors, Lloyd House Chambers, 3 High Street, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8LX.
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