Who are we?
Bross Bennett LLP is a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales and is a ‘controller’ under the General Data Protection Regulation.
Personal data- what will we do with it.
Personal data is information which directly or indirectly identifies you.
What information will we collect from you?
We will only collect information from you that is relevant to the matter that we are dealing with. In particular, we may collect the following information from you which is defined as ‘personal data’:
- Personal details
- Family, lifestyle and social circumstances
- Financial details
- Business activities of the person whose details we are processing
We may also collect information that is referred to as being in a ‘special category’. This could include:
- Physical or mental health details
- Racial or ethnic origin
- Religious beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature
- Criminal convictions
- Sexual orientation
How will we use your information?
We will mainly use your information for the provision of legal advice and this is necessary for the performance of the contract between us. We may also use it for:
- Identifying you
- Administering any accounts
- Processing your bank/credit card details in order to obtain payment
- The prevention and detection of fraud
- Market research
- Credit reference checks (where appropriate)
- In compliance with any legal obligation
Who will we share your information with?
Under the Code of Conduct there are very strict rules about who we can share your information with and this will normally be limited to other people who will assist with your matter. This may include:
- Medical experts
- Private investigators
- Healthcare professionals, social and welfare organisations
- Courts and tribunals
- Solicitors and barristers acting on behalf of your former spouse/partner who are governed by the same privacy obligations
- Your former spouse/partner directly if they are acting in person
- Other professionals instructed during the during the currency of the retainer necessary for the proper provision of advice, such as accountants, surveyors
We will only share your information with your consent. Where you authorise us we may also disclose your information to your family, associates or representatives. We may also disclose your information to debt collection agencies if you do not pay our bills.
How long will we keep your information for?
We will keep your information throughout the period of time that we do work for you and afterwards for a minimum period of six years as we are required to do by law.
What rights do you have?
You have a series of rights under the General Data Protection Regulation including the right to access a copy of the information we hold about you. These are
- A right of access to the data we hold.
- A right to change or object to the processing of your data.
- A right of erasure. You can apply to us to request a removal of all data we hold about you. We will consider any such requests and will let you know if we are unable to comply and why we are unable to comply.
Further information on this issue can be obtained from our Data Protection Officers Sharon Bennett and Adam Witkover.
We take the security of your data seriously and will ensure that all reasonable technical and organisational measures are in place to ensure that there is an appropriate level of security.
Who can you complain to if you are unhappy about what we have done with your information?
If you are unhappy about how we are using your information then initially you should contact the Data Protection Officer and if your complaint remains unresolved then you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office, details available at www.ico.org.uk telephone number 0203 123 1113