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Privacy and Cookie Policy

Privacy and Cookie Policy
Bankside Law Ltd is a niche firm of solicitors which deals with white collar crime and professional disciplinary work. As Solicitors we have a strict duty of confidentiality to our clients. This is enforceable by our regulator the Solicitors Regulation Authority see https://www.sra.org.uk/home/home.page  . We respect your privacy and we will not share information you give to us with others without your agreement unless we are required to do so by law i.e. pursuant to money laundering regulations or a court order. We may also share information about your case with legal expenses insurers or with someone else who is responsible for your costs as they have an interest in your case, however, we will seek your agreement for this at the outset of your case. We are generally required to keep your data about your case for a minimum period of 6 years and we are likely to keep your accounting information on our system for a longer period as we have a duty to have a proper accounting system in place and keep this up to date. We also have to be able to check there is no conflict in our representing other clients in the future and in the event that our regulator has questions on our accounts.
This privacy policy explains how we use any personal information we collect about you when you instruct us either directly or using our web site as a tool to contact us.
What information do we collect about you?
We collect information about you when you instruct us to represent or advise you. This will include your name, address, contact details, date of birth, confirmation of your identity, financial position and information from you and others to deal with the advice and representation relating to your case. We do not use our web site to collect personal data of anyone who visits our web site. Our web site contains our contact details and if you wish to contact us after accessing our web site we invite you to email or call us.
How will we use the information about you?
We do not obtain any personal data about you if you merely visit our web site. We will use the information we obtain directly from you to advise and represent you in your case. If necessary and agreed with you we may share it on a confidential basis with a barrister who is instructed to represent you and who is under similar duties of legal confidentiality to us as solicitors. Subject to what we have said about money laundering and any third party funder for your case we will not share your personal data with a third party unless you agree we should.
In particular Bankside Law Ltd will not share your information for marketing purposes either for ourselves or with others with companies outside Bankside Law Ltd.
If we think your case may be of interest on our web site we may ask you to agree to an anonymised article appearing on our web site about your case.  We will draft the article and only post it on our web site if you agree to this. We will afford you the opportunity to comment on our services in the article. Other than your profession this should not lead to the disclosure of personal information and in any event would only be posted if you were in full agreement to the wording.
Access to your information and correction
You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of the information we are required by law to produce to you, please email John Williams at the following email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate. You can ask us to erase the data we hold about you. Under the General Data Protection Regulations [GDPR] there is, in certain circumstances, a right to erasure of data. This causes difficulties for us as we are required to carry out conflict checks for all our clients to ensure that there is no conflict in us taking on new clients in the future. We are also required by our insurers to keep details of your case for a minimum period of 6 years. Under the General Data Protection Regulations we can refuse to comply with a request for erasure of records for a variety of reasons but in particular for archiving purposes in the public interest and/or for the exercise or defence of legal claims. If you therefore ask us to erase all your data and we cannot agree this may be an issue which would have to be resolved by our insurers, the SRA and/or ultimately the Information Commissioner.
Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. For further information visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org. You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However in a few cases some of our website features may not function as a result.
Other websites
Our website contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website so when you link to other websites you should read their own privacy policies.
Changes to our privacy policy
We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on ??.
How to contact us
We have appointed a person responsible for Data Protection issues. This is John Williams. Please either contact John on the following email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the person responsible for your case if you have any question s about our privacy policy or information we hold about you.
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11th April 2018