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At Pryers Solicitors LLP we take your privacy seriously and this privacy statement explains what personal data or information we collect from you, and from people who visit our website, and how we use it.  We would encourage you to read the information below. If there is something particular that you want to understand, you can jump to the relevant section, by clicking the following link: –

Who we are?

What personal data or information do we collect?

How do we collect data or information from you?

How is your information used?

Clients

Prospective Clients

Job Applicants

Current and Former Employees

External Experts

Event Attendees

Who has access to your information?

Transfers outside of the European Economic Area

Your rights

How you can update your information

How you can access your personal information

Keeping your data secure

Contacting us via email

Visitors to our Website

More questions?

Changes to this privacy notice

Who are we?

Pryers Solicitors LLP is a Limited Company registered in England and Wales (0C335469) and are a member of the Pure Business Group. Our registered address 13 The Stonebow, York, YO1 7NP.  Pryers Solicitors LLP is a registered data controller (ZA149119).

What personal data or information do we collect?

We may collect personal data about clients, prospective clients, job applicants, our current and former employees, suppliers, and external experts. The personal information we collect may include your name, address, email address, IP address, and information regarding what pages you access on this website and when.

How do we collect data or information from you?

We collect personal information about you when you:

  • Instruct us to act on your behalf
  • Make an enquiry via the forms on our website or via the telephone
  • Use our website
  • Enquire about a job opportunity
  • Work for or with the firm
  • Exchange business cards with a member of the firm
  • Attend one of our networking events

How is your information used?

We collect your personal data or information to operate the firm effectively and provide you with a high-quality service. We may use your information:

  • To deliver legal services to you on your instruction.
  • To answer enquiries that you make prior to any formal instruction.
  • To avoid any conflict of interest as we represent you
  • To keep you informed about our services, our insight into industry trends and best practice, if you have opted-in to receive these communications
  • To invite you to our networking events with expert speakers on topics which we believe will be of interest to you.
  • To process a job application
  • To fulfil our obligations as an employer
  • To provide benefits to you as an employee
  • To adhere to regulations set out by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority
  • To maintain security of our office and IT infrastructure
  • To invoice you, and to track payments you make or payments made to you
  • To send you information which we believe may be of interest

We believe that all these purposes are justified on the basis of our legitimate interests in running and promoting the firm, our contractual requirements to deliver the agreed legal services to you, and our legal obligations, both as a Limited Liability Partnership and responsible employer. The exception is for sending email marketing about our services, which we carry out on the basis of consent.

We will process special categories of personal data (for example your health information / medical records) when processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims (e.g. road traffic accident claims).

If you would like to know more, please read below:

  • Clients
  • Prospective Clients
  • Job Applicants, Our Current and Former Employees
  • External Experts
  • Event attendees

Clients

As a client, we will hold the following information about you:

  • Name, date of birth, and contact information.
  • National insurance number
  • Information relating to your legal matter, for clinical negligence and personal injury matters this will include your medical records.
  • Financial details
  • Demographic information such as postcode and occupation
  • Information and documents relating to the service we are providing, including communications with you.
  • Billing and payment information.

We will process special categories of personal data (for example your health information / medical records) only when processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims (e.g. clinical negligence, road traffic accident or cavity wall insulation claims).

We store your information in our practice management system and our accounting system on our secure servers based in the UK. We also hold paper copies of your information in the client matter files, stored in our offices and in a secure, offsite storage archive, managed by Toucan.

We will retain your client matter file for the duration of our relationship with you, then for 7 years if you are an adult, or 7 years from your 18th birthday if you are a child. Where there are specific retention periods relating to your matter file, we will make you aware of these at the time we open and close the file. We will retain financial records for 6 years, following the end of the current financial year.

Prospective Clients

As a prospective client, we may hold the following information about you:

  • Name, date of birth, and contact information.
  • National insurance number
  • Brief information relating to your legal matter
  • Demographic information such as postcode
  • Signposting information we may have provided to you if we are unable to provide you with a service

We store your information in our practice management system on our secure servers based in the UK. Communications with you relating to your initial enquiry may also be stored in our email system for a period of 6 years. We will retain minimal personal information about you to enable us to conduct conflict of interest checks as required by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Job Applicants

When you apply for a job with us, we may hold the following information about you:

  • Name, date of birth, and contact information.
  • Information relating to your qualifications and experience
  • Demographic information such as postcode
  • References where we take them up
  • Information and documents relating to the review, interview and selection process, including communications with you

We store your information in our practice management system on our secure servers based in the UK.  We will also store communications with you relating to the interview process on our email server, based in the UK.  We will retain your personal data relating to the review, interview and selection process for a period of 2 years after the interview date.

Current and Former Employees

When you work for us, we may hold the following information about you:

  • Name, date of birth, and contact information
  • National insurance number and Unique Tax Reference (UTR)
  • Information relating to your qualifications and experience
  • Demographic information such as postcode
  • Information and documents relating to your performance and supervision as an employee of the firm, including communications with you
  • Your photograph, including Passport and Driving Licence
  • Financial information, such as bank details, pension scheme and salary details
  • Information about your next of kin
  • Health information

We store your information in our practice management system on our secure servers based in the UK and in hard copy in a secure filing cabinet in the office. We will also store communications with you on our email server, based in the UK. We will retain your personal data for the duration of your employment and for a period of 6 years after you leave the firm. We may store your hard copy file in our offsite storage location, managed by Toucan. Beyond this point, we only retain minimal information about you to confirm the period of time you were employed by the firm for reference purposes. We share your information with HMRC, and our chosen pension / private healthcare providers.

External Experts

When you work with us to provide expertise to matters we are working on, we may hold the following information about you:

  • Name and contact information
  • Information relating to your specialism, qualifications and experience
  • Demographic information such as postcode
  • Information and documents relating to the service you provide us with, including
  • communications with you
  • Feedback about your performance

We store your information in our local secure server and our accounting system on our secure servers based in the UK.  We will also store communications with you on our email server, based in the UK.  We will retain your personal data for the time you are available as an expert and for a maximum of 1 year after you are no longer available.

Event Attendees

When you sign up to or join us at an event run by Pryers Solicitors LLP, we may hold the following information about you:

  • Name and business contact information.
  • Information relating to your business activities
  • Demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • Information relating to you which helps ensure you enjoy the event, such as your dietary or access requirements and including our communications with you.
  • Billing and payment information

We will store your information on our secure servers hosted in the UK. We may also store communications with you after you have signed up in our email system on our secure servers hosted in the UK.

Who has access to your information?

We do not sell or rent your personal data or information to any third party or share your information with third parties for their marketing purposes.

We will disclose your data or information if required by law, for example by a court order or for the prevention of fraud or other crime.

We may pass information about your matter to the prosecution and to other parties within the justice system (e.g. Counsel, Barristers) as required to provide legal services to you.

We may pass your information on to third party service providers, agents or subcontractors for the purposes of completing a task or providing services to you on our behalf (e.g. to provide external expertise in your matter). However, we disclose only the personal information necessary to deliver that service and have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for other purposes.

Third party service providers types who act as data processors on our behalf:

Third Party Service Provider Type

Service Provided

Agent Law FirmSometimes we may not be able to continue with your claim and may have to appoint another firm to act as our agent. In such circumstances they are required to access the data on our case management system.
After The Event Insurance providerProviders of an alternative insurance cover should you not have any legal expense insurance. In such circumstances they will be provided with your information.
Chartered AccountantsProvide us with payroll and company accounts services. They do not routinely access the data on our case management system.
Sign up Agency AgentsInstructed to assist Clients with the legal paperwork related to their claims.
Disbursement FunderProvide funding for Client’s claims.
ID verification / fraud prevention software providerAn online fraud prevention provider.
Introducer of ClaimsAn insurer / Claims Management Company who with Client’s consent have introduced the Client to Pryers Solicitors LLP to assist in their claim.
IT Services ProviderTechnical support to Pryers Solicitors LLP and at times are required to access our systems to provide maintenance, upgrade and support services.
Legal Costs FirmLegal Costs’ Experts maybe instructed to recover the Client’s entitled costs from the defendants. Meaning the Client’s file of papers with be provided by Pryers Solicitors LLP.
Medical AgenciesIf the Client is pursuing a Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence claim and their consent is given, the medical agency will be instructed to arrange a medical examination for the Client.
Provider of Case Management SystemTechnical support to Pure Business Group and at times are required to access our systems to provide maintenance, upgrade and support services.
Rehabilitation AgenciesShould an instructed medical expert advise that a Client undergo a course of rehabilitation, the agency will be instructed to arrange an appointment for the Client.
Sales and marketing agency providing consented claim leadsAdvertising agents are instructed to promote Pure Business Group and through these adverts Clients make contact and provide consent for contact to be made to discuss the pursuing of a claim.

 

Transfers outside of the European Economic Area

Your personal information in the European Economic Area (EEA) is protected by data protection laws, but other countries do not necessarily protect your personal information in the same way. The EEA covers all countries in the EU plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.  Pryers Solicitors LLP do not store personal data on any servers outside of the EEA.

Your rights

You have certain rights over the processing of your personal information by Pryers Solicitors LLP.  These are:

  • The right to be informed, which is what this privacy policy is for
  • The right to access the data we hold about you
  • The right to object to direct marketing
  • The right to object to processing carried out on the basis of legitimate interests
  • The right to erasure (in some circumstances)
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to have your data rectified if it is inaccurate
  • The right to have your data restricted or blocked from processing

We do not undertake direct marketing activities, so you will not receive such information from us.

How you can update your information

The accuracy of your information is important to us.  If you change your contact details or if you want to update any of the information we hold on you, please email us at: dataprotection@pryers.co.uk or by post at 13 The Stonebow, York, YO1 7NP.

How you can access your personal information

You have the right to ask for a copy of the personal information Pryers Solicitors LLP hold relating to you. To do this please contact dataprotection@pryers.co.uk or by post at 13 The Stonebow, York, YO1 7NP.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint about our processing of your personal data with the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office.

Keeping your data secure

When you give us personal information we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely and strive to protect it on our internal systems. Our secure server systems encrypt your information.

Contacting us via email

We use Mimecast Secure Messaging to encrypt and protect email traffic in line with GDPR. If your email service does not support Mimecast, you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit.

We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send is within the bounds of the law.

Visitors to our Website

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Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.  Unless you have set your browser to block cookies, this site will place the following cookies on your computer. We use the following cookies on our websites (https://www.pryers.co.uk/ and http://www.axiclaim.co.uk/)

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address, Mobile Advertising ID (MAID) (which allows mobile app developers to identify who is using their mobile apps), mobile application ID, browser type, browser language, type of operating system, and the date and time the End User visited a Publisher Site or Toolbar User used the Toolbar;
  • Behaviour on a Publisher Site, such as how long the End User visited the Publisher Site, End User sharing behaviour of content on a Publisher Site, and scrolling behaviour of an End User on a Publisher Site;
  • The referring URL and the web search the End User used to locate and navigate to a Publisher Site;

 Google Analytics, Adwords, Tag Manager

  • Collects URL and Title of the page being visited, Browser Name, Size of Browser Window, Screen Resolution, Flash version, whether Java is enabled, location and language settings. The location is figured out from the IP Address though this is not stored as it is personally identifiable information which would violate the terms of Google Analytics. You can view the Google’s Privacy and Terms here.

Our websites (https://www.pryers.co.uk/ and http://www.axiclaim.co.uk/) are hosted on UK-based secure servers.

More questions?

To contact Pryers Solicitors LLP with a data protection query regarding the processing of your personal data, please use the contact us or email dataprotection@pryers.co.uk.

Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 29/04/2019.

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