We routinely share personal data with:
- professional advisers who we instruct on your behalf or refer you to, e.g. barristers, accountants, tax advisors or other experts;
- other third parties where necessary to carry out your instructions, e.g. your mortgage provider or HM Land Registry in the case of a property transaction or Companies House;
- credit reference agencies;
- our insurers and brokers;
- external auditors, e.g. in relation to Lexcel accreditation and the audit of our accounts; and
- our bank.
We may also share your personal data with service providers which we use to enable us to operate our business, including, Osborne Professional Services Limited, who employs our solicitors and other staff, as well as other service providers, such as the suppliers of:
- our practice management system and other IT systems and services;
- secure shedding services of confidential paper waste; or
- off-site storage of hard copy archived files.
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 your personal data to certain third parties if specifically requested or agreed with you. For example, where you instruct us to represent you in negotiations with a third party, or ask us to instruct local law firm in another jurisdiction on your behalf.
- We may disclose and exchange information with law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations. In certain situations, we might not be able to seek your consent or notify you of such disclosure. For example, we are required to report to the appropriate authorities any knowledge or suspicion that a client’s funds, or any funds provided for or on behalf of a client, derived from the proceeds of crime or terrorist offences.
- 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.