Legal Responsibility

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Legal Responsibility

REGULATION

GSC Solicitors LLP (“GSC”) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales. Partnership number OC337448.  Registered office 31-32 Ely Place, London EC1N 6TD.  GSC is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).  See the SRA website for the professional rules applicable.

A list of the members of the LLP is available for inspection at the registered office, together with a list of those non-members who are also designated as partners.  We use the word “partner” to refer to a member of the LLP, or to an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications.

The SRA refers to the LLP members as “managers” in the authorised body.

DISCLAIMER

The content of this site is for general information purposes only and although GSC has made every effort to ensure the content is accurate and up to date, it should in no way be construed as legal advice.  GSC does not accept any responsibility or liability in relation to its use.  Users are advised to seek professional legal advice before taking or refraining from taking any action.

GSC makes no warranties or representations that this site or the server that hosts it are free from viruses or other forms of harmful computer codes.  In no event shall GSC, its employees or agents, be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages resulting from the use of this site.

GSC is not responsible for the content of any other site (including any site with a link to the GSC site or any site linked from the GSC site) and the firm does not accept any liability in connection with any such sites or links.

The GSC site is not used to provide electronic legal services and nothing on it constitutes a binding offer to perform any legal service in any jurisdiction.

PRIVACY POLICY

GSC respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy policy will inform you as to how we look after your personal data when you visit our website (regardless of where you visit it from) and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

This privacy policy is provided in a layered format so you can click through to the specific areas set out below. Please also use the Glossary to understand the meaning of some of the terms used in this privacy policy.

1. Important information and who we are

Purpose of this privacy policy

This privacy policy aims to give you information on how GSC collects and processes your personal data through your use of this website, including any data you may provide through this website when you make an enquiry.

This website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

It is important that you read this privacy policy together with any other privacy policy or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy policy supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.

Controller

GSC is the controller and responsible for your personal data (collectively referred to as GSC, “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy policy).

We have appointed a data privacy manager who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy policy. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the data privacy manager using the details set out below.

Contact details

Our full details are:

Full name of legal entity: GSC Solicitors LLP (a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with partnership number OC337448)

Name or title of data privacy manager: Clive Halperin

Email address: cjhalperin@gscsolicitors.com

Postal address: 31/32 Ely Place, London EC1N 6TD

Telephone number: 020 7822 2222

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues. We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.

Changes to the privacy policy and your duty to inform us of changes

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Third-party links

This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy policy of every website you visit.

2. The data we collect about you

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:

  • Identity Data includes first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth, gender, the organisation you work for, and your position within that organisation.
  • Contact Data includes postal address, email address and telephone numbers.
  • Financial Data includes bank account and payment card details.
  • Transaction Data includes details about payments to and from you and other details of services you have purchased from us.
  • Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website, as well as information we send you electronically.
  • Profile Data includes interests, and preferences.
  • Usage Data includes information about how you use our website and services.
  • Identification data includes passports, photo card driving licences and other background information needed for us to comply with our legal or compliance obligations on matters such as money laundering.
  • Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.
  • Services includes all information we obtain from you or from third parties that relates to or is generated in the course of the provision of our services to you, together with any other information we obtain from you.

We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

We may occasionally collect Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and bio-metric data). as well as information about criminal convictions and offences.

If you fail to provide personal data

Where we need to collect personal data by law, and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you. In that case, we may have to stop providing a service you have with us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.

3. How is your personal data collected?

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

  • Direct interactions. We may be provided by you with any of the forms of personal data (as referred to in paragraph 2, above) via our website or by email, post, telephone, text message or in person in relation to or in the course of:
  • an enquiry from you about our services;
  • the provision of services by us (even if they are not for you, for example if you are another professional providing services to one of our clients or you are another professional on the other side of a transaction);
  • as a result of your connection with one of our clients (for example if you are an introducer or another professional involved in a client matter),
  • gathering information necessary about you as required for compliance purposes (for example to comply with money laundering regulations);
  • marketing information being sent to you; or
  • general communications between us.
  • Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies. We may also receive Technical Data about you if you visit other websites employing our cookies. Please see our cookie policy [LINK] for further details.
  • Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:
  • Companies House, HM Land Registry, HMRC, courts, tribunals, government agencies, law enforcement agencies and other regulatory authorities;
  • Google Analytics. This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”).  Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site.  The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.  Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.  Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.  Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.  By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.  See:

www.google.com/analytics/en-GB/index.html

4. How we use your personal data

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests. Such legitimate interests to include monitoring the use of this website, and the provision or marketing of our services
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than in relation to sending direct marketing communications to you via email or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us.

Purposes for which we will use your personal data

We will only handle your personal data in order to respond to an enquiry, in connection with the provision of our services, for marketing purposes, or to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

Marketing

We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. If we provide you with direct marketing, you will always be given the opportunity to opt out.

Third-party marketing

We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any third party for marketing purposes.

Cookies

You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly.

Change of purpose

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.

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.

Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

5. Disclosures of your personal data

We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in paragraph 4 above with.

  • External Third Parties as set out in the Glossary.
  • Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy policy.

We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

We will share data with third parties (other than our service providers) in carrying out our services but only to the extent reasonably necessary in connection with the provision of those services.

6. International transfers

Transferring your data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) may mean transferring it to a location that does not afford the same level of protection as those where you first provided the information.

We will only transfer your data outside the EEA:

  • With your consent.
  • There is a legal basis for making the transfer.
  • To a country that has been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data by the European Commission.
  • Where we use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe.
  • Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between the Europe and the US

Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.

7. Data security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

8. Data retention

How long will you use my personal data for?

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

Details of retention periods for different aspects of your personal data are available in our retention policy which you can request from us by contacting us.

9. Your legal rights

Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us.

No fee usually required

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

10. Glossary

LAWFUL BASIS

Legitimate Interest means the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service/product and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).

Performance of Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract.

Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.

THIRD PARTIES

External Third Parties

  • Service providers acting as processors based in the UK who provide IT and system administration services, as well as providers of other administration services.
  • Professional advisers acting as processors or joint controllers including solicitors, barristers, bankers, surveyors, auditors and insurers based in the UK who provide professional services.
  • Other parties we communicate with in connection with our provision of services.
  • HM Revenue & Customs, Companies House, HM Land Registry, courts, tribunals, government agencies, law enforcement agencies and other regulatory authorities acting as processors or joint controllers based in the UK who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

You have the right to:

Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.

Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.

Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.

Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.

Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.

COPYRIGHT

Users of this site are responsible for obeying all applicable laws relating to the intellectual property rights inherent in this website.  GSC permits you to make copies of the content of this site as necessary and incidental to your use of it – provided that it is for your personal use, that it is of a reasonable amount for personal use and provided that you do not copy or re-publish it in whole or in part without the express written permission of a partner of the firm.  This permission is not guaranteed and may be refused without reason.

It is not permitted to link to this site or to frame it without the express written permission of a partner of the firm.

EMAIL

Email addresses are provided on this site for the purposes of pursuing the business of GSC.  By accessing this site you agree not to send unsolicited emails for the purposes of advertising or market research to the email addresses provided.

JURISDICTION

Any legal action or proceedings arising between any person or organisation and GSC in relation to this website will be governed by English law and under the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

ACCESSIBILITY

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