When you deal with Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd you trust us with your information. We take privacy seriously and we are committed to protecting the data you provide to us.
This policy explains when and why we collect personal data about you, how this data is used, the conditions under which it may be disclosed to others, and how it is kept secure.
This policy may change from time to time so please re-visit this page occasionally to ensure that you are happy with any changes.
Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd is a limited liability company with registered company number 07171586 and its registered office is at Hazel Cottage Studio, Northampton Road, Weston- on-the-Green, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QX. Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd is the controller of your personal data when you engage it to provide services to you; this means that Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd decides why and how your personal data is processed. Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd is registered with the Information Commissioner under registration number Z2192124.
We may collect and process the following information about you in the following ways.
We may receive information about you from you or, alternatively, third parties in circumstances where we are acting for a client and we are required to obtain information about you, for example if you are an employee of our client or party to a dispute in the employment tribunal or courts. The information we receive may include your contact details, identification information, financial information, employment information and details included in any correspondence and information about you in connection with any matter on which we are engaged to advise our client (including biographical and personal/circumstantial details). Where we receive information about you, we will only use that information for the purposes of the legal transaction.
The information you give to us mainly includes your contact details, identification information, financial or billing information, employment information and details included in any correspondence and information about you in connection with any matter on which we are engaged to advise you (including biographical and personal/circumstantial details to help us pursue or defend your case).
We may receive information about you from third parties. For example from:
In transactional matters
Law firms, accountants and other professional advisors acting for you where our client is a party to or otherwise concerned in the course of, for example:
a corporate transaction (where your details may be placed in an online data room by us or other advisers);
where an employer seeks advice from us in connection with matters related to your employment;
In dispute resolution
Law firms, counsel, experts and other professional advisors acting for you or for us on your behalf, or from third parties, where our client is a party to or otherwise concerned in the course of, for example:
mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution;
potential or actual litigation;
disclosure, exchange of witness or expert evidence; and
obtaining employment, heath, educational records or reports.
Recruitment consultants who may provide information about you to us in relation to a potential job at Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd;
Employers who may provide a reference on you to us;
Court agents, court officers (i.e. sheriffs and enforcement officers), trace agents.
Regulatory bodies when making regulatory enquiries;
The police when making enquiries into potential criminal offences.
Introducers and referrers
Professional or other advisers who may refer your case or matter to us.
Any other introducer of a case or matter to us.
We may supplement the personal data collected from you with information from publicly available sources, such as information to validate your identity or address, or to perform a credit check.
The information that we receive about you from others mainly includes contact details, biographical, behavioural, fraud, billing and legal information.
Please note that your provision of documents for identity verification purposes is necessary for us to comply with our legal and statutory obligations. Failure to provide these documents will result in our being unable to undertake identity verification as required by the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and, subsequently, we will not be able to act for you or the organisation instructing us, as applicable.
As a law firm dealing with cases and matters, we may process a range of personal data about you. To make it easier to understand the information that we use about you, we have divided this information into categories in the table below and provided a short explanation of the type of information each category covers (please note that not all categories may be applicable to you):
Personal data included in this category
information used to send/receive funds to/from you or that appears on your bills
your activities, actions and behaviours
your life experiences and circumstances
your payment card details
information which can be used to address, send or otherwise communicate a message to you (ie email address, postal address, employer name and job title)
information contained in our correspondence or other communications with you or about you, about our products, services or business
your previous, current or future employment details
information which contains or reveals the location of your electronic device
information contained in a formal identification document or social security or other unique reference relating to you
your insurance applications and any information relating to your insurance claim
information relating to legal claims made by you or against you or the claims process
we may record phone calls and retain transcripts of dialogue either for our records or for training purposes.
Sensitive/Special Categories of Personal Data
your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs or trade union membership, any personal data that relates to your health, sex life, sexual orientation or criminal offences or records or any genetic or biometric data about you
HOW AND WHY WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We may use the information we collect about you in the following ways:
Where it is necessary for us to perform a contract with you.
We may use and process your personal data where we have supplied you (or continue to supply you) with any legal services, where we have arranged for the supply of another firm's services to you, or where you are in discussions with us about a particular matter on which you are considering taking advice.
We will use your information in connection with the contract for the provision of services when it is needed to carry out that contract or for you to enter into it.
We may also use and process your personal data in connection with our recruitment activities, if you apply for a position with us (whether directly or through a third party) or send your details to us on a speculative basis.
Where we have a legitimate interest
We may use and process your personal data where it is necessary for us to pursue our legitimate interests as a business for the following purposes;
to carry out our conflict checks to ensure that we are able to provide services to you;
to enter into and perform the contract we have with your business;
to assess and improve our service to clients or our clients' customers (where applicable) through recordings of any calls;
for the prevention of fraud and other criminal activities;
to verify the accuracy of the data that we hold about you and to create a betterunderstanding of you as a client and our client's customers (where applicable);
to create a profile of you based on any preferences you have indicated to us to enable us to decide what products and services to offer to you for marketing purposes;
to undertake analysis to inform our business and marketing strategy;
to manage and deliver internal projects for business improvement;
for network and information security purposes to enable us to take steps to protect your personal data against loss or damage, theft or unauthorised access;
to comply with a request from you in connection with the exercise of your rights (for example, where you have asked us not to contact you for marketing purposes, we will keep a record of this on our suppression lists in order to be able to comply with your request);
to assist in the management of queries, complaints or claims;
to notify you or your business of changes in the law that might affect you or yourbusiness; and
for the establishment, exercise or defence of our legal rights.
Where you have provided consent
Where you have given us your consent, we will use and process your personal data to send you email communications about events, products and news updates and relevant news and announcements, which we refer to as "Centralised Communications" in Marketing below. Such communications may include content on relevant legal updates, seminar and event invitations and other news/announcements.
Please note that your information may be used to send you details of our products or services that we have identified as likely to be of interest to you, based on the preferences you have indicated to us.
We will seek separate and specific consent from you in circumstances where we wish to feature your identity in a published case study, press release, advertisement or testimonial or wish to include your image in a photograph or video in connection with public relations or promotional activities.
You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Please see Withdrawing your consent for further details.
WHERE REQUIRED BY LAW
Where you engage us to provide legal services to you, we will need to process your personal data and the personal data of third parties in order to comply with our legal obligations, for example under the Civil Procedure Rules. We also have a legal obligation to comply with the SRA's Code of Conduct.
It is also a legal requirement for you to provide us with information to verify your identity in connection with anti-money laundering and criminal financing legislation. We will use that information for the purpose of complying with the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (or such other legislation that may replace or supersede these Regulations from time to time) unless we have obtained your consent to use it for any other purpose.
We may also use and process your personal data in order to comply with other legal obligations to which we are subject, as follows:
to maintain a register of corporate gifts and hospitality to comply with anti-bribery laws;
to maintain a record of undertakings where you are either a beneficiary of an undertaking or the person obliged to perform it;
to maintain a record of undertakings where Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd is the giver or receiver of an undertaking; and
to comply with our other legal and regulatory obligations, eg. undertaking conflict checks.
IN THE VITAL INTERESTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL
From time to time in the unlikely event that we represent individuals who may be troubled, in danger, very young or otherwise unable to exercise due care for their own safety, we may in extreme circumstances use information about our client or a person connected with them in order to take action to protect them.
SPECIAL CATEGORIES OF PERSONAL DATA
We may need to use more sensitive personal data (known as "special categories of personal data") about you. We will only use this kind of information where:
we have your explicit consent;
it is necessary for us to use this information to protect your vital interests or those of another person where it is not possible to obtain consent;
it is necessary for us to do so in connection with the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or whenever courts are acting in their judicial capacity; or
in exceptional circumstances, another of the grounds for processing special categories of personal data are met.
Where you have provided us with explicit consent to use special categories of personal data about you, you may withdraw your consent for us to use this information at any time. Please see Withdrawing your consent for further details.
Please note that if you choose to withdraw your consent for us to use special categories of personal data about you, this may impact our ability to provide legal or support services to you.
OTHERS WHO MAY RECEIVE OR HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR PERSONAL DATA
Our suppliers and service providers
Our work for you may require us to provide or result in the provision of information to third parties who will use your information for the purposes of providing services to us or directly to you on our behalf. Such third parties may include the following:
Microsoft for processing documents and emails utilising 365;
Provider of ISP and email services;
Provider of time recording and invoicing software;
Outsourced telephone reception services;
Professional indemnity and other insurers;
Archive storage providers.
When we use third party service providers, we only disclose to them any personal data that is necessary for them to provide their services and there is an agreement in place that requires them to keep your data secure and not to use it other than in accordance with our specific instructions.
Others involved in your case or matter
Our work for you may require us to provide information to third parties such as law firms, accountants, counsel, expert witnesses, medical professionals and other professional advisers, who will use your information in connection with your case or matter (see paragraphs 10 to 14 for a full list of third parties we deal with). They may provide their own services directly to you.
Any third party to whom we disclose information about you will be under an obligation to keep your information secure and not to use it for any purpose other than that for which it was disclosed unless you agree with them otherwise.Credit/debit card payment processors
All payment information is handled using encrypted technology and we are compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS). Where you make a payment to us by credit or debit card, we will use the payment card information only for the purpose of processing that specific transaction.
No credit or debit card details are stored once your payment has been processed and the transaction is completed.
When you pay for any services over the telephone/internet, your credit/debit card payment is processed by a third party payment processor, who specialises in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions. If you have any questions regarding secure transactions, please contact us using the details at the end of this policy.
OTHER WAYS IN WHICH WE MAY SHARE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We may transfer your personal data to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation. We may also transfer your personal data if we are under a duty to disclose or share it in order to comply with any legal obligation, to detect or report a crime, to protect your vital interests, to enforce or apply the terms of our contracts or to protect the rights, property or safety of our visitors and clients. However, we will always take steps to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected.
WHERE WE STORE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
All information you provide to us for our use is stored either on our secure server which is located within the UK or is stored on Microsoft’s servers.
The third parties listed under Others who may receive and have access to your personal data may be located outside of the EEA or they may transfer your data outside of the EEA. Those countries may not have the same standards of data protection and privacy laws as in the UK, which means additional safeguards must be put in place. Whenever we transfer your data outside of the EEA, we impose contractual obligations on the recipients of that data to protect your personal data to the standard required in the UK. In the case of Microsoft we rely on their compliance with applicable laws. We may also require the recipient to subscribe to 'international frameworks' intended to enable secure data sharing. Any third parties transferring your data outside of the EEA must also have in place appropriate safeguards as required under data protection law.
HOW LONG WILL WE KEEP YOUR PERSONAL DATA FOR?
If we collect your personal data, the length of time for which we retain it is determined by a number of factors including the type of data, the purpose for which we use that data and our regulatory and legal obligations attached to this use. We do not retain personal data in an identifiable format for longer than is necessary.
We maintain internally a full schedule of types of data and the specified period of time we will retain this for.
Typically, the retention criteria are as follows for the following data types:
Data category / document
Retention in case of queries or claims. We will retain client files for a minimum of 7 years.
Retention of data about potential instructions. We will keep this data for a period of 6 months up to 7 years, depending on the type of transaction.
Retention in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements.
We will carefully consider whether we need to retain your personal data after the period described above in case of a legal or regulatory requirement.
Recruitment data We will retain your application data for up to 12 months following receipt of your application.
The only exceptions to this are where:
the law requires us to hold your personal data for a longer period, or delete it sooner;
you exercise your right to have the data erased (where it applies) and we do not need to hold it in connection with any of the reasons permitted or required under the law (see Erasing your personal data or restricting its processing); or
in limited cases, the law permits us to keep your personal data indefinitely provided we have certain protections in place.
You have a number of rights in relation to your personal data under data protection legislation. In relation to certain rights, we may ask you for information to confirm your identity and, where applicable, to help us to search for your personal data. Except in rare cases, we will respond to you within one month from either (i) the date that we have confirmed your identity; or (ii) where we do not need to do this because we already have this information, from the date we received your request.Accessing your personal data49. You have the right to ask for a copy of the data that we hold about you by emailing or writing to us at the address at the end of this policy. We may not provide you with a copy of your personal data if it concerns other individuals or we have another lawful reason to withhold that data.
Correcting and updating your personal data
The accuracy of your data is important to us. If you change your name or address/email address, or you discover that any of the other data we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please let us know by contacting us using the details set out at the end of this policy.
Withdrawing your consent
Where we rely on your consent as the legal basis for processing your personal data, as set out under How we use your personal data, you may withdraw your consent at any time by emailing [email protected] (please use "Withdrawal of consent" as the subject heading of your email).
If you would like to withdraw your consent to receiving any email communications as described under paragraphs 23 to 26 to which you previously opted-in, you can do so using our 'Unsubscribe' tool at the footer of the email, if available, or by emailing [email protected].
If you withdraw your consent, our use of your personal data before you withdraw your consent is still lawful.
Objecting to our use of your personal data made about you
Where we rely on our legitimate interests as the legal basis for processing your personal data for any purpose(s), as set out under 'How we use your personal data', you may object to our using your personal data for these purposes by emailing or writing to us at the address at the end of this policy. Except for the purposes for which we are sure we can continue to process your personal data, we will temporarily stop processing your personal data in line with your objection until we have investigated the matter. If we agree that your objection is justified in accordance with your rights under data protection legislation, we will permanently stop using your data for those purposes. Otherwise, we will provide you with our justification as to why we need to continue using your data.
You may object to us using your personal data for direct marketing purposes and we will immediately comply with your request. If you would like to do so, please email [email protected].
You may also contest a decision made about you based on automated processing by emailing or writing to us at the address at the end of this policy.
Erasing your personal data or restricting its processing
In certain circumstances, you may ask for your personal data to be removed from our systems by emailing or writing to us at the address at the end of this policy. Provided we do not have any continuing lawful reason to continue processing or holding your personal data, we will make reasonable efforts to comply with your request.
You may also ask us to restrict processing your personal data where you believe our processing is unlawful, you contest its accuracy, you have objected to its use and our investigation is pending, or you require us to keep it in connection with legal proceedings. We may only process your personal data whilst its processing is restricted if we have your consent or are legally permitted to do so, for example for storage purposes, to protect the rights of another individual or company or in connection with legal proceedings.
Transferring your personal data in a structured data file
Where we rely on your consent as the legal basis for processing your personal data or need to process it in connection with your contract, as set out under How we use your personal data, you may ask us to provide you with a copy of that data in a structured data file. We will provide this to you electronically in a structured, commonly used and machine readable form.
You can ask us to send your personal data directly to another service provider, and we will do so if this is technically possible. We may not provide you with a copy of your personal data if this concerns other individuals or we have another lawful reason to withhold that data.
Complaining to the UK data protection regulator
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you are concerned about the way we have processed your personal data. Please visit the ICO's website for further details.
SECURITY AND LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Security measures we put in place to protect your personal data
The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our website and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal data, we have in place reasonable and appropriate controls to ensure that it remains secure against accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, or unauthorised access.
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access any of our online or electronic resources, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We advise you not to share your password with anyone.
Links to other websites
If you linked to our website from a third party website, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party website and recommend that you check the policy of that third party website.
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MARKETING AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS
You will only receive Centralised Communications from Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd (including information about our products and services, relevant legal updates, seminar and event invitations and other news/announcements) if you indicate to us a preference ("opt-in") to do so. You will be invited to complete a client consent/opt-in process by email as a result of any of the following:
You or your employer becoming a client of Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd;
Your attendance at an event or seminar hosted, or co-hosted, by or with Julian TaylorSolicitors Ltd;
Your attendance at a 'public' event organised or co-hosted by Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd that has been promoted via social media or other advertisement;
You providing a business card directly to an employee of Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd at (for example) a trade or networking/business event;
Your registering your brief contact details in order to obtain information or free downloads from the website;
An email request from you to attend an event we have advertised via social media or on our website or via a third party.
We do not rely on your consent to receive Centralised Communications indefinitely. You will receive an email from us at intervals of no less than 2 years where you will be asked to re-confirm your consent and preferences for legal topics and disciplines to ensure that the data we hold about your preferences, and your contact details, are current and accurate.
We may contact you in response to an article or social media promotion that you have carried out.
If you are a client or contact of Julian Taylor Solicitors Ltd, we may contact you personally to notify you of changes in the law that might affect you or your business, or specific events/information that may benefit you or your business.
We will never share your information with third party partners for their own marketing uses, although we may use service providers to assist us with our own marketing.
If you would like to change your preferences at any point, or wish to withdraw your consent, please email [email protected].
Please direct any queries about this policy or about the way we process your personal data to [email protected] or telephone 01869 351851.