We are the controller responsible for personal data we collect about you.
- THE PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU
- HOW IS YOUR PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED
- HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
- DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA
- INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS
- DATA SECURITY
- DATA RETENTION
- YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
- WHO WE ARE AND CONTACT INFORMATION
- CHANGES TO YOUR PERSONAL DATA
- THIRD PARTY SITES
1. THE PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU
We may collect different kinds of personal data about you which we have categorised as follows:
Identity and Contact Data includes title, name, job title/function, the organisation you work for or are engaged by, email address, social media account, telephone numbers, addresses, passport number. It may include further information where necessary to satisfy our “know your client” and anti-money laundering obligations.
Business Information includes information about you or your work provided in the course of the client relationship between you or your organisation and ClaydenLaw, or otherwise voluntarily provided by you or your organisation.
Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and your communication preferences.
If you are visiting our website, we may also collect the following:
Profile and Usage Data includes the services you viewed or searched for, page response, times, download errors, length of visits and page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks and mouse-overs), purchase or orders made by you and any feedback you provide.
Technical Data includes information collected during your visits to our website, such as internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access our website.
If you are an individual client or you are an individual engaged by us to provide goods or services, we will also collect the following:
Payment information includes details of payments made in settlement of our invoices as well as bank account details to pay your invoices and your VAT number (where applicable).
If you are enquiring about, or applying for, a job with us we may also collect the following:
Recruitment Data includes similar types of information included with Identity and Contact Data, interview notes, references, together with details that you might typically find on a CV, such as employment history, educational or professional background.
We do not intentionally collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences. Please avoid providing any such information to us.
2. HOW IS YOUR PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED?
We may collect your personal data directly – for example, where you or your organisation is our client or a prospective client or supplier or prospective supplier to us, you communicate with us, you visit us or our website or attend our events.
We may also collect your personal data indirectly. This could happen where your personal data have been provided:
by one of our members of staff;
by someone else from your organisation;
by someone else from another organisation with whom your organisation is dealing;
by someone who has referred or recommended us to you;
by someone involved in recruitment;
by or from publicly available sources, whether collected by us or another organisation and then provided to us;
by anyone else who decides to provide us with your details.
3. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
The table below summarises the purposes for which we process your personal data (and which types) and the legal basis we rely on to carry out that processing lawfully:
Types of Personal Data
Setting you or your organisation up as our client
Our legitimate interest (the efficient administration of our legal services)
Identification and anti-money laundering checks
Legal obligation (complying with our statutory or regulatory obligations)
Providing and administering legal services on behalf of our clients
Our legitimate Interest (performing our business)
Performance of a contract (where our client is an individual)
Client relationship management, including dealing with complaints
Our legitimate interest (providing a good quality service to clients)
Business development and marketing
Our legitimate interest (marketing and promoting our business)
Communicating with you – this might be:
Our legitimate interest (providing a responsive service (where you have made an enquiry) or marketing and promoting our business)
Dealing with job applications and recruitment generally
Our legitimate interest (recruitment of staff for our business)
Performance of a contract (where we employ/engage you)
Monitoring our service levels and ensuring quality control
Our legitimate interest (providing a good quality service to clients)
Ensuring the security of our physical premises and our IT systems together with ensuring your safety whilst on our premises or at an event we have organised
Our legitimate interest (keeping our premises and infrastructure secure and ensuring your safety)
Dealing with our insurers, for example where you or your organisation has a claim against us
Our legitimate interest (risk management)
Enforcing any legal claims against you or your organisation, for example for unpaid invoices or defending ourselves against any claims from you or your organisation (including defending any pre-employment claims)
Our legitimate interest (establishing, enforcing or defending a legal claim)
Where we have engaged you to provide services to us, receiving the proper benefit of any of those services and administering that engagement
Our legitimate interest (utilising services we require for our business)
Performance of a contract (where the service provider is an individual (for example, meeting our payment obligations)
Other purposes required by law
Any of the information in Paragraph 1
Legal obligation (complying with our statutory or regulatory obligations)
Other purposes described at the point of personal data collection
As described at point of collection
As described at point of collection
Change of purpose
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. In these circumstances, if you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.
4. DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We may share your personal data with the following categories of recipients:
- Our professional advisers such as lawyers, accountants, consultants and marketing specialists.
- Government or regulatory authorities.
- Professional indemnity or other relevant insurers.
- Organisations to whom we outsource certain services including practice management and office management systems, data hosting, website management, email marketing, confidential waste disposal, IT systems or software providers, IT support service providers and document and information storage providers.
- Organisations or individuals engaged by us in the course of the providing our services such as individual consultants (or their personal service companies), other specialist law firms or barristers;
- Organisations with whom you or your organisation is dealing and their professional advisors.
- Service providers to assist us with client insight analytics, such as Google Analytics.
- Postal or courier providers who assist us in delivering our postal marketing campaigns to you, or delivering documents related to a matter.
- Prospective buyer if we propose to sell or sell any business or assets.
- Referees where dealing with job applications.
We will share your personal data with such recipients only as necessary for the purposes set out in Section 3 and then only to the extent reasonably necessary for the purpose for which we are engaging, communicating or dealing with them.
Where organisations in any of the above categories of recipients are providing us with services that involve them processing personal data on our behalf, they are our data processor. The data processors we currently use include:
- Microsoft Corporation (Office 365 applications)
- Themis Solutions Inc (known as “Clio”) (practice management software)
- ELE Global Limited (marketing and PR services)
- The Rocket Science Group LLC (“Mailchimp”) (customer relationship management services)
- Zapier (Zapier, Inc)
5. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS
Some of our service providers store personal data outside the UK or EEA so their processing of your personal data will involve a transfer of data outside the UK or EEA. Where this is the case, we will ensure that it will only be transferred to countries that have been identified as providing adequate protection for personal data (like countries in the EU), or to a third party where the transfer will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the use of standard data protection clauses adopted or approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
For further information, please contact us
It may be that in the course of providing our services, it is necessary for us to provide your details to organisations which are outside the UK – for example seeking local law advice. We will only do this with your prior approval or on the instructions of your organisation.
6. DATA SECURITY
We have put in place appropriate technical and organisational security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
7. DATA RETENTION
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, insurance or reporting requirements.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
Generally, in respect of client information, our retention period is 6 years following the end of the matter in question. Further details on this are set out in our client terms of business. Marketing and communications data will generally be held for 2 years following the last active interaction with you.
Details of specific retention periods for different aspects of your personal data are available from us on request by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon expiry of the applicable retention period we will securely destroy your personal data in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
8. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. Please click on the links below to find out more about these rights:
- Request access to your personal data.
- Request correction of your personal data.
- Request erasure of your personal data.
- Object to processing of your personal data.
- Request restriction of processing your personal data.
- Request transfer of your personal data.
- Right to withdraw consent.
- Right to complain to a supervisory authority.
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us
NO FEE USUALLY REQUIRED
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.
WHAT WE MAY NEED FROM YOU
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.
TIME LIMIT TO RESPOND
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.
This version was last updated in February 2022 and historic versions can be obtained by contacting us. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website and, where any changes materially affect you, we will also make reasonable efforts to notify you.
11. CHANGES TO YOUR PERSONAL DATA
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us by contacting us.
12. THIRD PARTY SITES
Our website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements or practices. When you move from our website to a third-party website using such links, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of that website.
- Legitimate Interest means the processing of your personal data is necessary for the purposes of a legitimate interest of our business or a third party and that your interests, rights and freedoms do not override that legitimate interest. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for the purposes of our legitimate interests or those of a third party. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by a negative impact on you. We can provide you with further details on why we consider this to be the most appropriate legal basis by contacting us
- Legal obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation to which we are subject.
- Performance of a contract means processing your personal data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you, or at your request, take preparatory steps to perform such a contract.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
You have the right to:
- Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
- Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.
- Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.
- Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms, although this does not apply where you object to our processing for direct marketing purposes.
- Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
- Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to personal data that is processed by automated means where we are relying on consent or performance of a contract as the legal basis for the processing.
- Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent as the legal basis for processing your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent.
- Complain to Supervisory Authority. If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. The relevant supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner’s Office. We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO, so please contact us in the first instance.