Privacy and Cookies Policy
We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a Data Controller for the personal data that we hold and process. Our registered address is 53-64 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1QU. Our registration numbers are as follows:
Michael Wolkind QC – Z87715014
Catherine Daly – ZA455108
Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) is Michael Wolkind. Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the information that we hold about you is provided to us by yourself when you seek to use our services. We will tell you why we need the information and how we will use it.
Our Lawful Basis for processing your information
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires all organisations that process personal data to have a Lawful Basis for doing so. The Lawful Bases identified in the GDPR are:
Consent of the data subject
Performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract
Compliance with a legal obligation
To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
Performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority
The legitimate interests of ourselves, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data
Examples of legitimate interests include:
Where the data subject is a client or in the service of the controller
Transmission within a group of undertakings for internal administrative purposes
Processing necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access
Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud
Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public
Our Lawful Basis in relation to barristers’ casework is for MC Chambers barristers to undertake the work they are instructed to do as counsel and for MC Chambers staff to undertake the support work to enable the counsel to act. And our Legitimate Interest is that the data subject is a lay client (via professional clients’ instructions).
Our Lawful Basis in relation to the staff and barristers is for MC Chambers to undertake the required HR function.
We use the clients’ information to:
Provide services, quotations, and information, in relation to the cases our barristers are instructed in
Provide service in the form of events such as seminars and lectures related to the work our barristers undertake
Process or support payments for goods and services
Conduct data analysis, testing, and to monitor and analyse usage and activity trends
Maintain the safety, security and integrity of our services
Direct your enquiries to the appropriate support staff
Investigate and address your concerns
Communicate about services, news, updates and events
Investigate or address legal proceedings relating to your use of our services, or as otherwise allowed by applicable law
Make statutory returns as required by appropriate bodies
We do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.
We collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This includes:
Payment or bank details
Date of birth
Payment or bank details
Date of birth
Family & next-of-kin details
Medical conditions (if necessary for MC Chambers to be aware of for purposes of providing assistance if needed)
We do not share your personal data with others.
Transfers to Third Countries and International Organisations
We transfer personal data to third countries or international organisations using the identified safeguards because the nature of some cases our barristers are instructed in require this.
We have satisfied ourselves that such transferred data is fully protected and safeguarded as required by the General Data Protection Regulation.
We retain your personal data while you remain a client, pupil, employee, contractor, unless you ask us to delete it. Our Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long we hold data for and how we dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. We will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:
There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
We are legally required to; or
There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to fraud prevention and protecting customers’ safety
The General Data Protection Regulation gives you specific rights around your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information we hold and what we use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information we hold about you, you can ask us to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data we hold, you can ask us to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask us to stop processing your details. Finally, if we do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s website and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how we deal with you.
Accessing and Correcting Your Information
You may request access to, correction of, or a copy of your information by contacting us at email@example.com or 07473 053074.
You may opt out of receiving emails and other messages from our organisation by following the instructions in those messages.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Here are the cookies we use:
Cookie acceptance – viewed_cookie_policy
Session – session
This is used for success and error messages.
Content Type – content_type
Google Analytics – _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz, gclid
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site, which we use to help improve it. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
If you need further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will occasionally update our Privacy Notice. When we make significant changes, we will notify you of these, through mail. We will also publish the updated Notice on our website.