This document sets out the obligations of Smith & Co Solicitors (our firm) regarding data protection and your rights as our client (data subjects) in respect of your personal data under UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which sits alongside The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018).
The GDPR defines personal data as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (a data subject); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity of that natural person.
This letter sets our firms obligations regarding the collection, processing, transfer, storage, and disposal of your personal data. Our firm has implemented procedures and polices for our employees, agents, contractors, or other parties working on behalf of our firm to follow at all times.
Our firm is committed not only to the letter of the law, but also to the spirit of the law and places high importance on the correct, lawful, and fair handling of all personal data, respecting the legal rights, privacy, and trust of all individuals with whom it deals.
2. Lawful, Fair, and Transparent Data Processing
The GDPR seeks to ensure that personal data is processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, without adversely affecting your rights as the data subject.
As you are a client of our firm and have contracted with us to provide you with the necessary legal assistance, under the GDPR we are allowed to process your personal data as a necessity for the performance of the contract.
3. The Data Protection Principles
The GDPR sets out the following principles with which any party handling personal data must comply. All personal data must be:
4. Your Rights (as a Data Subject)
The GDPR sets out the following rights applicable to data subjects (please refer to the parts of this policy indicated for further details):
4.1 Keeping You Informed
Our firm shall provide the information set out below at to every client:
Where your personal data is collected directly from you, you will be informed of its purpose at the time of collection and where your personal data is obtained from a third party, you will be informed of its purpose:
4.2. Data Subject Access
You may make Subject Access Requests (SARs) at any time to find out more about the personal data which our firm holds about you, what it is doing with that personal data, and why.
If you wish to make a SAR, you may do so in writing. SARs should be addressed to the Smith & Co Solicitor’s Data Protection Officer.
Responses to SARs shall normally be made within one month of receipt, however we may extend by up to two months if the SAR is complex and/or numerous requests are made. If such additional time is required, you shall be informed.
All SARs received shall be handled by the firm’s Data Protection Officer.
Our firm does not charge a fee for the handling of normal SARs. However, we reserve the right to charge reasonable fees for additional copies of information that has already been supplied to you, and for requests that are manifestly unfounded or excessive, particularly where such requests are repetitive.
4.3 Rectification of Personal Data
You have the right to require us to rectify any of your personal data that is inaccurate or incomplete.
Our firm shall rectify the personal data in question, and inform you of that rectification, within one month of you informing our firm of the issue. The period can be extended by up to two months in the case of complex requests. If such additional time is required, you shall be informed.
In the event that any affected personal data has been disclosed to third parties, those parties shall be informed of any rectification that must be made to that personal data.
4.4 Erasure of Personal Data
You have the right to request that our firm erases the personal data it holds about you in the following circumstances:
Unless our firm has reasonable grounds to refuse to erase personal data, all requests for erasure shall be complied with, and you will be informed of the erasure, within one month of receipt of your request. The period can be extended by up to two months in the case of complex requests. If such additional time is required, you shall be informed.
In the event that any personal data that is to be erased in response to your request has been disclosed to third parties, those parties shall be informed of the erasure (unless it is impossible or would require disproportionate effort to do so).
4.5 Restriction of Personal Data Processing
You may request that our firm ceases processing the personal data it holds about you. If you make such a request, our firm shall retain only the amount of personal data concerning you (if any) that is necessary to ensure that the personal data in question is not processed further.
In the event that any affected personal data has been disclosed to third parties, those parties shall be informed of the applicable restrictions on processing it (unless it is impossible or would require disproportionate effort to do so).
4.6 Objections to Personal Data Processing
You have the right to object to our firm processing your personal data based on legitimate interests, direct marketing (including profiling).
Where you object to our firm processing your personal data based on its legitimate interests, our firm shall cease such processing immediately, unless it can be demonstrated that the firm’s legitimate grounds for such processing override your interests, rights, and freedoms, or that the processing is necessary for the conduct of legal claims.
Where you object to our firm processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes, our firm shall cease such processing immediately.
4.7. Sharing of Personal Data
During our retainer with you we may share your information with the following entities:
5. Personal Data Collected, Held and Processed
The following personal data is collected, held, and processed by our firm:
|Data Ref.||Type of Data||Purpose of Data|
|Client name||Your name||To identify you|
|Address||Your address||To send you letters|
|Email address||Your email address||To send communication via email|
|Date of birth||Your date of birth||To identify you|
|Passport number||Your passport details||To identify you and comply with Anti Money Laundering Regulations – where applicable|
|Driving license number||Your driving license details||To identify you and comply with Anti Money Laundering Regulations – where applicable|
|Utility bill||Your utility bill(s)||To identify you and comply with Anti Money Laundering Regulations – where applicable|
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