NEXUS CHAMBERS PRIVACY NOTICE
Please read the following information carefully.
This Privacy Notice contains information about what data Our barristers collect and store about you and why. It also tells you with whom they share this information, how to contact them you have a complaint, and how your information retained.
Please note that each barrister has his or her own individual privacy notice and you are encouraged to refer to the individual’s barrister who is dealing with your case.
Chambers is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. When we conduct business together, our members will collect personal information about you, they use that personal information in accordance with the law, particularly with regards to data protection and privacy law including the General Data Protection Regulation.
They take your security very seriously and have security measures in place to ensure appropriate security for your personal data. Only authorised Nexus Chambers staff and third parties processing data on their behalf have access to your personal data, and then only to the data necessary for the purposes for which they have been given access.
Under the GDPR, you have a number of rights that you can exercise in certain circumstances. These are free of charge. In summary, you may have the right to:
- Ask for access to your personal information;
- Ask for correction of mistakes in your data or to complete missing information held about you;
- Ask for your personal information to be erased, in certain circumstances;
- Receive a copy of the personal information you have provided to us, or have this information sent to a third party. This will be provided to you or the third party in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, e.g. a Word file;
- Object at any time to the processing of your personal information for direct marketing.
- Object in certain other situations to the continued processing of your personal information.
- Restrict processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
- Request not to be the subject to automated decision-making which produces legal effects that concern you or affects you in a significant way.
If you want more information about your rights under the GDPR please see the Guidance from the Information Commissioners Office on Individual’s rights under the GDPR.
What type of information do our barristers collect from you?
In the course of their business, which is the provision of legal services, I process personal data of many different types which may include:
- Your personal details;
- Your family details;
- Your lifestyle and social circumstances;
- Your financial details;
- Your education, training, and employment details;
- Your physical or mental health details*;
- Your racial or ethnic origin*;
- Your political opinions*;
- Your religious, philosophical, or other beliefs*;
- Trade union membership details*;
- Sex life or sexual orientation*;
- Criminal proceedings, outcomes and sentences, and related security measures*; and/or,
- Other personal data relevant to instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the instructions in question*.
How do Our barristers obtain their information?
The vast majority of the personal data that collected is provided to our members by or on behalf of their clients to provide legal services to them and/or to consider whether I am in a position to provide legal services to them.
Whose Personal Data does Our barristers Process?
I process personal data about their lay and professional clients, potential clients, and individuals who feature in the matters in respect of which I am asked to provide legal services (including but not limited to: witnesses and experts, legal professionals representing other parties, other barristers with whom I am working, court staff and members of the judiciary, and other ancillary to actual or potential proceedings).
Who has access to their information?
Our barrister do not sell or rent your information to third parties. They also comply with their professional duties including their duties to you, which they take very seriously. Subject to their duties and to legal professional privilege, it may be necessary to share your personal data with:
- Other legal professionals including instructing solicitors, other barristers, legal representatives or experts with whom I am working, and opposing legal representatives;
- Nexus Chambers’ IT providers and staff;
- Experts and other witnesses;
- Trainee barristers including pupils and mini-pupils;
- Other regulatory authorities, for instance in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
- Judges and Court Staff;
- Where required certain third parties to meet their legal obligations, law enforcement officials, and government authorities;
- Their accountant and their bank;
Please note that our barristers do not use automated decision making in the processing of your personal data.
How long will their information be kept?
Our barristers will normally only store your information for as long as is necessary for the purposes for which it is being used and in order to fulfil their legal and regulatory obligations. Generally this will be around seven years after the end of the case, or seven years after the date of the last payment or the date of writing off fees.
How do I make a complaint?
Our barristers are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. They are also committed to providing you with the best possible service and hope that you will be satisfied with the way in which he or she approaches and uses your personal data.
However, the General Data Protection Regulation also gives you the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners’ Officer if you are in the UK, or with the supervisory authority of the Member State where you work, normally live, or where the alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The Information Commissioner’s Officer can be contacted at http://ico.org.uk/concerns/.
In the first instance if you have a complaint about the way that your personal data is handle, it is hoped that you will contact the individual barrister first so that they have an opportunity to resolve it.
There will occasionally be changes to this Privacy Notice as it is under continually review.