These terms and conditions govern your use of our website; by using our website, you accept these terms and conditions in full. If you disagree with these terms and conditions or any part of these terms and conditions, you must not use our website.
Who are we?
Company Name: SKB Legal
What We Do: We offer Criminal Legal Advice & Representations including Business Crime & Regulatory Defence.
Address: Regus Capability Green Centre, 960 Capability Green, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3PE
Telephone: 0203 973 5773
Licence to use website
Unless otherwise stated, we or our licensors own the intellectual property rights in the website and material on the website. Subject to the licence below, all these intellectual property rights are reserved.
You may view, download for caching purposes only, and print pages from the website for your own personal use, subject to the restrictions set out below and elsewhere in these terms and conditions.
You must not:
(a) re-publish material from this website (including republication on another website);
(b) sell, rent or sub-license material from the website;
(c) show any material from the website in public;
(d) reproduce, duplicate, copy or otherwise exploit material on our website for a commercial purpose;
(e) edit or otherwise modify any material on the website; or
(f) redistribute material from this website except for content specifically and expressly made available for redistribution (such as our newsletter);
You must not use our website in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of the website; or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity.
You must not use our website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software.
You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to our website without our express written consent.
You must not use our website to transmit or send unsolicited commercial communications.
You must not use our website for any purposes related to marketing without our express written consent.
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this Data & Privacy Notice explains, in detail, the types of personal data we may collect about you when you interact with us. It also explains how we’ll store and handle that data and keep it safe.
We know that there’s a lot of information here, but we want you to be fully informed about your rights, and how our firm uses your data. We hope the following sections will answer any questions you have but if not, please do get in touch with us.
Conditions for Processing Data
We are only entitled to hold and process your data where the law allows us to. The current law on data protection sets out a number of different reasons for which a law firm may collect and process your personal data. These include:
The main purpose for our holding your data is to provide you with legal services under the agreement we have with you. This agreement is a contract between us and the law allows us to process your data for the purposes of performing a contract (or for the steps necessary to enter in to a contract). We may also need to process your data to meet our contractual obligations to the Legal Aid Agency where you receive legal aid to fund your case or advice.
In specific situations, we require your data to pursue our legitimate interests in a way which might reasonably be expected as part of running our business and which does not materially impact your rights, freedom or interests. This may include to satisfy our external quality auditors or our Regulators.
If the law requires us to, we may need to collect and process your data. For example, we can pass on details of people involved in fraud or other criminal activity.
In some situations, we can collect and process your data with your consent. For example, when you tick a box to receive email newsletters. When collecting your personal data, we’ll always make clear to you which data is necessary in connection with a particular service.
When do we collect your data?
We normally collect your data when you provide it to us or when it is provided to us by others (your opponent’s solicitors for example) during your case. You may give us your data by email; through an online web form; over the telephone; face to face; or by post.
What sort of data do we collect?
We collect your name and contact details. This may include asking for and keeping a copy of your passport/driving licence and proof of address.
We may gather details of your age; ethnicity; gender etc. for SRA purposes.
We also collect and hold information about your case or legal problem.
How do we use your data?
We only use your data for the purposes of providing you with legal advice, assistance and where appropriate, representation and for reasons directly associated with those services (i.e. providing information to quality auditors etc.).
We may use your data to notify you of our other services but only where we have your consent to do so.
How do we protect your data?
We take protecting your data very seriously. The data you give us may be subject to Legal Professional Privilege and is often extremely sensitive and confidential.
With this in mind we will treat your data with the utmost care and take all appropriate steps to protect it. We have clear data protection and information security policies and procedures in place (along with Regulatory and other legal obligations to keep your data safe) and these are regularly assessed as part of our Quality Standards and compliance processes.
We protect our IT system from Cyber Attack. Access to your personal data is password-protected, and sensitive data is secured by encryption.
We regularly monitor our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we carry out penetration testing to identify ways to further strengthen security.
How long will we keep your data?
We only keep your data for as long as is necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was provided. Normally this is for 6 years after your case or matter ends (enquiries where we do not take on your case are kept for only 18 months).
This is because we are required to keep client files for that period by our Regulator and/or by the SRA. This also protects you should you be unhappy with our services and want to complain or even due us after your case ends.
For some cases we may decide that it is proper and appropriate to keep data for longer than 6 years, but we will notify you if we believe that your case falls into this category.
Who do we share your personal data with?
We sometimes share your personal data with trusted third parties. We only do this where it is necessary for providing you legal services or for the effective operation of our legal practice.
For example, we may share your data with barristers; experts; translators; costs draftsmen; process servers; secure file storage and destruction companies; auditors; the company that securely hosts our off-site cloud storage servers.
Here’s the policy we apply to those organisations to keep your data safe and protect your privacy:
- We provide only the information they need to perform their specific services.
- They may only use your data for the exact purposes we specify in our contract with them.
- We work closely with them to ensure that your privacy is respected and protected at all times.
- If we stop using their services, any of your data held by them will either be deleted or rendered anonymous.
Where is your data processed?
Your data is stored and processed within the EEA. If we ever have to share your personal data with third parties and suppliers outside the European Economic Area (EEA) we will seek your specific consent to do so.
The EEA includes all EU Member countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
What are your rights?
You have rights under the General Data Protection Regulation and these include the right to be informed what information we hold about you. In particular, you have the right to request:
- access to the personal data we hold about you, free of charge in most cases
- the correction of your personal data when incorrect, out of date or incomplete
- that we stop any consent-based processing of their personal data after they have withdrawn consent, or object and we have no legitimate overriding interest, or once the purpose for which we hold the data has come to an end
You also have the right to request a copy of any information about you that we hold at any time.
If we choose not to action your request, we will explain to you the reasons for our refusal.
For information on how your information is used, how we maintain the security of our information, and to exercise your rights to access information we hold on you, please contact us. Similarly, if you believe that the information we hold is wrong or out of date, please let us know and we will update it. The person in this firm responsible for data protection is our Data Protection Officer, Susanta Banerjee and enquires and requests can be sent to him by telephone 0203 973 5773, by emailing email@example.com or in writing to Regus Capability Green Business Centre, 960 Capability Green, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3PE.
Your right to withdraw consent
Whenever you have given us your consent to use your personal data, you have the right to change your mind at any time and withdraw that consent.
Where we rely on our legitimate interest
In cases where we are processing your personal data on the basis of our legitimate interest, you can ask us to stop for reasons connected to your individual situation. We must then do so unless we believe we have a legitimate overriding reason to continue processing your personal data.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this policy. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement or policy applicable to the website in question.
If you feel that your data has not been handled correctly, or you are unhappy with our response to any requests you have made to us regarding the use of your personal data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.
You can contact them by calling 0303 123 1113.
Or go online to www.ico.org.uk/concerns
Your privacy and issues surrounding this are important to us. This privacy notice explains our approach to any information we may collect from you, and the purposes for which we process your personal information.
SKB Legal is the data controller responsible for your personal information. We collect personal information from you or from third parties in order to:
- In order to assist us deliver legal services to you, or establish if we are able to deliver legal services to you;
- Enable us to process your application to work for this firm;
- Carry out a request made by you in relation to our services.
To undertake the above, we may process the following personal information:
- If you are a prospective client or become a client – name and job title; date of birth; contact information including email address; other information relevant to provision of our services;
- If you are applying for work within our organisation we may well process the following information: name and job title; contact information including email address; curriculum vitae; information concerning your history of employment; we may seek and process information stored anonymously concerning equality and diversity monitoring forms; including other information relevant to potential recruitment.
We may share your personal data within SKB Legal but also with third parties as necessary when providing services to you.
The legal basis for processing your personal information is:
- In the case of a prospective client or client it is necessary to use your personal data to enable us to assess if we are able to take you on as a client or to effectively represent you as your legal adviser in order to perform our obligations in accordance with any contract that we may have with you. It is in our legitimate interest or a third party’s legitimate interest to use the personal information to ensure we provide our services in the best way that we can;
- In the case of a job applicant – your personal data is used in connection with us taking steps at your request to enter into an employment contract we may have with you.
We will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary:
- In the case of a client – your personal data is retained for at least six years following the conclusion of your case, and will be destroyed at the earliest opportunity following the expiry of this period;
- In the case of a prospective or potential client your personal data will be destroyed after the expiry of six years following your last contact with the firm;
- In the case of an unsuccessful job applicant to a specific vacancy – your personal data will be destroyed after the expiry of one year following the closing date of the vacancy;
- In the case of a speculative job applicant – we may use your personal data to contact you to make you aware of any specific vacancy within six months of receipt, after which it is destroyed.
You have the right to ask us if we are processing your personal information, and if necessary, will provide you with a copy of that personal information. You do have the right to object to us processing your information, and to ask us to delete your personal information
How can you contact us?
If you want to opt out of direct marketing or to discuss how we use your personal data along with any issues regarding the website please see the following.
- Follow the unsubscribe instructions in the last marketing message you received to no longer receive any marketing messages.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call us on 0203 973 5773
- Send a letter to our company address: Regus Capability Green Business Centre, 960 Capability Green, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3PE