We take your privacy seriously. When you browse this site, your access is anonymous and Bhatt Murphy does not identify those who visit the site. The site and its content are held on a remote server which automatically logs statistical information about the number of visitors to the site and to particular pages, etc. This will also record the visitors’ IP (internet protocol) address. The information this provides is designed only to enable Bhatt Murphy to establish the appeal or otherwise of the site and its contents and to enable it to make informed decisions about future improvements.
When you first contact Bhatt Murphy about a legal issue, either by calling us or by sending us an email from this site, we will need to obtain personal data from you to see if we can help you.
The personal information we will ask you to provide at this stage will include:
• Your name
• Your contact details
• Your age
We may also need to ask you for some sensitive personal data, including details of your ethnicity and your health, depending on the nature of your enquiry.
We use this information so that we can establish whether we are able to help you and to contact you again to discuss your enquiry. We will not use your data for any other purpose other than to see if we can assist you. We won’t use your data for marketing or publicity purposes.
If we are not able to assist you with your legal matter, we will retain the data you have provided to us for a maximum period of 12 months. This is to ensure that in the event that you are unhappy with how we have dealt with your enquiry and you wish to make a formal complaint, we are able to properly respond to the relevant regulatory body. If we believe it is necessary to retain your data for longer than 12 months, we will notify you of this and explain the reason why we think we need to retain your data for a longer period of time.
After 12 months, any data you have provided to us will be deleted from our systems and we will not contact you specifically to tell you that we are deleting your data.
The security and storage of your data is very important to us. All of the information we collect from you is stored by us on secure servers, which are protected by firewalls and access controls. All of our staff receive training about how to look after your data and we have robust policies and procedures in place to ensure that your information is kept safe.
If we are not able to assist with your legal issue, we will not transfer your data to anyone other than another firm of solicitors who we believe may be able to assist you. We will always seek your consent before we do this. If we do take on your case, we may need to transfer your data to other professionals, such as barristers and medical experts and full information will be provided to you about this once we have agreed to act as your solicitor.
We will never sell your data or transfer it to anyone outside of the European Economic Area.
When you approach us to see if we can assist you with a legal matter, you are asking us to take specific steps before entering into a contract with us. Once we have agreed to act as your solicitor, processing your data is necessary for the performance of the contract we have agreed with you.
If you apply for a job or a work placement with Bhatt Murphy, the information set out above in respect of how we look after, transfer and manage your personal data applies.
Our legal basis for processing your data if you apply for a position with the firm is that processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests of the firm.
We will retain any personal data you have provided us for a maximum period of 12 months, after which point any data you have provided us will be deleted without further notice to you.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998. Your rights under GDPR include:
• To be informed about how we obtain and use your information
• To ask for a copy of the information we hold about you
• To have any incorrect information we hold about you corrected
• To request us to restrict processing of your personal data
• To request to have your information deleted
• To object to the processing of your data (for example, if we asked you if we could use your data for press and marketing purposes)
• To have information you have provided to us returned to you or sent to another firm in a way that is structured and accessible
• If you have given us specific consent for the purpose of processing your data (e.g. for audit purposes) the right at any time to withdraw that consent
• To complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which is the authority responsible for the governance of data protection matters
Further information about your rights and our responsibilities in respect of data protection can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office’s website:
You can also speak to the firm’s Data Protection Officer, Simon Creighton, if you have any queries or concerns about how Bhatt Murphy uses your data and this privacy notice.
Reported judgments which are in the public domain have been referred to on this site and in any other context where this site refers to named individuals, Bhatt Murphy has sought to ensure that appropriate consent has been obtained. If you have any objection to the naming of any individual on the site, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.