Our two directors, Dave Foulkes and Simon Nicholls appear in Magistrates’ Courts daily, dealing with all types of criminal cases both legal aid and privately funded. Top-quality representation is provided by experienced solicitors with proven track-records. Our tactical decision-making is second to none, ensuring the very best representation.
|We, us, our||Belmores Limited, Belmores Solicitors|
|Our Data Protection Officer||Dave Foulkes 40 Crown Road, Norwich, NR1 3DX , 01603 499999|
|Personal data||Any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual|
|Special category personal data||Personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions,religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs or trade union membership Genetic and biometric data Data concerning health, sex life or sexual orientation|
The table below sets out the personal data we will or may collect in the course of advising and/or acting for you.
|Personal data we will collect||Personal data we may collect depending on why you have instructed us|
|Your name, address and telephone number||Your National Insurance Number and tax details|
|Information to enable us to check and verify your identity, eg your date of birth or passport details||Your bank and/or building society details|
|Electronic contact details, eg your email address and mobile phone number||Details of your professional online presence, eg LinkedIn profile|
|Information relating to the matter in which you are seeking our advice or representation||Details of your spouse/partner and dependants or other family members|
|Your financial details so far as relevant to your instructions||Your employment status and details including salary and benefits|
|Your nationality and immigration status and information from related documents, such as your passport or other identification|
|Details of your pension arrangement|
|Your racial or ethnic origin, gender and sexual orientation, religious or similar beliefs|
|Your medical records|
This personal data is required to enable us to provide our service to you. If you do not provide personal data we ask for, it may delay or prevent us from providing services to you.
We collect most of this information from you direct. However, we may also collect information:
Under data protection law, we can only use your personal data if we have a proper reason for doing so, eg:
A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information, so long as this is not overridden by your own rights and interests.
The table below explains what we use (process) your personal data for and our reasons for doing so:
|What we use your personal data for||Our reasons|
|To provide legal services to you||For the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract|
|Conducting checks to identify our clients and verify their identity Screening for financial and other sanctions or embargoes Other processing necessary to comply with professional, legal and regulatory obligations that apply to our business, eg under health and safety regulation or rules issued by our professional regulator||To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations|
|Gathering and providing information required by or relating to audits, enquiries or investigations by regulatory bodies||To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations|
|Ensuring business policies are adhered to, eg policies covering security and internet use||For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, ie to make sure we are following our own internal procedures in the delivery of the service to you|
|Operational reasons, such as improving efficiency, training and quality control||For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, ie to be as efficient as we can in the delivery of the service to you.|
|Ensuring the confidentiality of commercially sensitive information||For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, ie to protect our intellectual property and other commercially valuable information
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations
|Statistical analysis to help us manage our practice, eg in relation to our financial performance, client base, work type or other efficiency measures||For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, ie to be as efficient as we can in the delivery of the service to you.|
|Preventing unauthorised access and modifications to systems||For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, ie to prevent and detect criminal activity that could be damaging for us and for you
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations
|Updating client records||For the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, eg making sure that we can keep in touch with our clients about existing and new service
|Statutory returns||To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations|
|Ensuring safe working practices, staff administration and assessments||To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, eg to make sure we are following our own internal procedures and working efficiently so we can deliver the best service to you|
|External audits and quality checks, eg for Lexcel, accreditation and the audit of our accounts||For our legitimate interests or a those of a third party, ie to maintain our accreditations so we can demonstrate we operate at the highest standards
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations
The above table does not apply to special category personal data, which we will only process with your explicit consent.
We routinely share personal data with:
We only allow our service providers to handle your personal data if we are satisfied they take appropriate measures to protect your personal data. We also impose contractual obligations on service providers relating to ensure they can only use your personal data to provide services to us and to you. We may disclose and exchange information with law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations. We may also need to share some personal data with other parties, such as potential buyers of some or all of our business or during a re-structuring. Usually, information will be anonymised but this may not always be possible. The recipient of the information will be bound by confidentiality obligations.
Information may be held at our offices, third party agencies, service providers, representatives and agents as described above (see ‘Who we share your personal data with’).
We will keep your personal data after we have finished advising or acting for you. We will do so for one of these reasons:
We will not retain your data for longer than necessary for the purposes set out in this policy. Different retention periods apply for different types of data. Further details on this are available in our client care letter/terms of business. When it is no longer necessary to retain your personal data, we will delete or anonymise it.
You have the following rights, which you can exercise free of charge:
|Access||The right to be provided with a copy of your personal data|
|Rectification||The right to require us to correct any mistakes in your personal data|
|To be forgotten||The right to require us to delete your personal data - in certain situations|
|Restriction of processing||The right to require us to restrict processing of your personal data - in certain circumstances, eg if you contest the accuracy of the data|
|Data portability||The right to receive the personal data you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format and/or transmit that data to a third party - in certain situations|
|To object||The right to object:-
at any time to your personal data being processed for direct marketing (including profiling); - in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal data, eg processing carried out for the purpose of our legitimate interests
|Not to be subject to automated individual decision-making||The right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing (including profiling) that produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you|
For further information on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, please contact us or see the Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on individuals’ rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.
If you would like to exercise any of those rights, please:
We have appropriate security measures to prevent personal data from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed unlawfully. We limit access to your personal data to those who have a genuine business need to access it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so. If you want detailed information from Get Safe Online on how to protect your information and your computers and devices against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other online problems, please visit www.getsafeonline.org. Get Safe Online is supported by HM Government and leading businesses.
We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you may raise about our use of your information.
The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at https://ico.org.uk/ concerns or telephone: 0303 123 1113.
Our contact details are shown below:
|Our contact details||Our Data Protection Officer's contact details|
|Belmores Solicitors||Dave Foulkes|
|40 Crown Road|
|Tel: 01603 499999|
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