Under the Data Protection Legislation, we can only use your personal data if we have a proper reason for doing so. Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than:
- if have given us your business card (and you are not our existing customer or represent a corporate business);
- if we want to share your details with a third party (e.g. because we think that their seminar or networking event might be of interest to you); or
- for the purpose of press releases (e.g. to publicise a deal we have advised you on).
Where your consent is required, we will ask you for such consent separately and clearly. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if we are not required to obtain your consent for marketing purposes, you can still opt-out of receiving marketing communication at any time, by emailing us at email@example.com or using the ‘unsubscribe’ link in our marketing emails, so you are still in control.
The lawful reasons for processing of personal data include:
- to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations;
- for the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract;
- for our legitimate interests or those of a third party; or
- because you have given consent.
A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information, so long as this is not overridden by your own rights and interests.
The table below explains what we use (process) your personal data for and our reasons for doing so:
|What we use your personal data for||Our reasons|
|If you contact us because you require legal advice or representation, to forward such enquiry to one of our solicitors.||For the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract|
|If you contact us for any other reason, to deal with your enquiry.||For your and our legitimate interests or those of a third party|
|To provide you with service you requested (e.g. to send your our newsletters)||For your and our legitimate interests|
|To market our services to existing and former clients; third parties who have previously expressed an interest in our services; and other third parties.||For our legitimate interests|
|To increase our business||For our legitimate interests|
|To market our brand (e.g. we may publish photographs taken at our professional events which you attend)||For our legitimate interests|
|To professionally interact with you (e.g. collaborative initiatives and events)||For your and our legitimate interests or those of a third party|
|To improve our products and services||For our legitimate interests|
If you submit personal information for publication on our website or another location, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the licence you grant to us.
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
We may ask you to confirm or update your marketing preferences if you instruct us to provide further services in the future, or if there are changes in the law, regulation, or the structure of our business.