McGarry & Co is committed to protecting your privacy. All information will be collected lawfully and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) effective from 25 May 2018. We collect information about you for a few specific reasons:
- To process your enquiry and look after a legal matter on your behalf or that of your colleagues or family.
- To deliver to you timely and current legal updates.
- Invite you to appropriate events run by McGarry & Co.
Those responsible for collecting the data are the administration team working to support our qualified solicitors and managers the key functions such as accounts, compliance and marketing.
You can be assured that your information will not be shared with third parties.
We will not e-mail you unless it is about a current matter and will not provide marketing to you unless you request.
We do not send random marketing e-mails to personal e-mailing addresses (SPAM).
If you ask whether you would like to subscribe to our updates the type of information we would collect about you includes:
- Telephone number
- E-mail address
When we are handling a matter on your behalf we will need to know rather more about you to ensure that we are complying with the SRA rules including Anti- Money Laundering Regulations. We will therefore request identification documentation and collect your full address and contact information for our records. Your electronic and paper file will be retained for a number of years dependent upon the nature of the work undertaken and corresponding rules concerning such storage. These details will be clearly set out in our terms and conditions.
We will not collect sensitive information about you without your explicit consent and only then in the process of managing a matter on your behalf. You can check any information that we may hold by e-mailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unhappy about the handling of your personal information and wish to raise a complaint you can do so by contacting Michael McGarry at email@example.com.
Data and Rights
If you wish McGarry & Co to provide you with a copy of the data we hold we can supply you with this information without charge if it is a reasonable request. If the request is excessive or repeated we reserve the right to charge a fee to cover the administration cost.
You can check the information that we may hold by e-mailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish this data to be removed from our records, reported to you or something deleted you have the right to make such a request and we will comply with any and all such communications. If you are unhappy about the handling of your personal information and wish to raise a complaint you can do so by contacting us at email@example.com setting out the reasons for your concern in your message. Alternatively you can raise the matter with UK’s Data Protection Regulator, the Information Commissions Office (ICO) https://ico.org.uk.
What is a Data Protection Breach?
- Unauthorised access by a third party, inaction or accident by data control or processor.
- Sending personal data to an incorrect recipient.
- A device containing personal data being lost or stolen.
- Deliberate alteration of personal data without permission
- Any loss of access to personal data.
How Will We Respond in the Event of a Personal Data Breach?
- We take the management of client, staff and supplier of information very seriously indeed. To protect your data we have ensured that we can detect malicious attacks and have in place a process to assess likely risk to individuals as a result of such a breach.
- If a breach has occurred we will, in accordance with GDPR regulations, notify the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) within seventy two hours of becoming aware of it.
- We will provide the ICO with full details of the breach at this time and continue to update whilst the matter is being investigated.
- In the unlikely event of a breach impacting individuals or organisations associated with our business, we will notify those affected at the earliest possible opportunity.
- As the personal data within our systems and third party platforms is encrypted, we are confident that in the unlikely event of a breach there will not be a negative impact on our clients, staff or suppliers however if necessary we will provide the appropriate advice to those affected to help protect them from its effects.
- As a matter of procedure and best practice with cyber security, we document all breaches even if they do not need to be reported.
Use of Information
We use technology to track patterns of behaviour of visitors to our site.
McGarry & Co website employs cookies, a technological tool to help identify the browsing behaviour of anonymised visitors. We will use this information to enhance the performance of our website and make improvements and help our visitors’ online experience.
The application of cookies can not only help in our site performance better but also speed up your experience by recording pages that you have visited.