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Cleary Court
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London,
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Cardiff
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Blackfords Limited Liability Partnership is
registered as an LLP OC325398 in England & Wales.

Authorised and Regulated by The Solicitors Regulation Authority under practice number 462078.

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Privacy Statement on behalf of Blackfords LLP


Blackfords LLP is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy.

In this notice, we will tell you in detail how we use, share and your personal information and explain your rights regarding how we use your personal information.

Who we are


Blackfords LLP is a national law firm with offices in London, Croydon, Woking and Cardiff. We control the collection and processing of any personal data that you provide to us in relation to this website and where legal services are provided to you by all of our offices


Personal Data that we collect


"Personal data" is any information that relates to you and that identifies you either directly from that information or indirectly, by reference to other information that we have access to. The personal data that we collect and how we collect it, depends upon how you interact with us. Categories of personal data that we collect include:


Contact information such as name, email address and telephone number

Biographical information such as job title, employer, photograph and video or audio content including you

Billing and financial information such as billing address, bank account and payment information

Services information such as details of services that we have purchased from you

Special categories of data such as race and ethnicity, trade union membership, information about health or information, political opinions or religious beliefs

Information relating to children or regarding criminal matters


Personal Data we collect from you


We collect personal data directly from you as follows:


When you use our website, we collect information about your visit and how you interact with our website.

When a client uses our legal services, we will ask for the information that we need to provide those services; this information includes contact details, billing information, information necessary to conduct pre-clearance checks and information relevant to the services we provide. Information provided by a client may include personal data that relates to persons whose information is relevant to the instruction; for example, when we advise on a regulatory investigation or represent a client in a legal dispute.

When you apply for a job with us we will ask you for information relevant to your application. We ask all applicants to apply via our recruitment webpage where a specific privacy notice is available.

If you visit one of our offices, we may collect information that we need in order to identify you and complete necessary security checks. We may also collect your image on CCTV.

If you provide information to us about another person, you must ensure that you comply with any legal obligations that may apply to your provision of the information to us and to allow us, where necessary, to share that information with our service providers.


Information that we collect from third parties


Most of the personal data that we collect about you will be information that you provide to us voluntarily. In some circumstances we may also receive information from:


Our clients, when we handle personal data on their behalf

The police or other investigative authorities

The Crown Prosecution Service or other prosecuting authorities

Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service

The Legal Aid Agency

Other legal professionals

Regulatory bodies

Other parties to the legal cases that we deal with

Other companies providing services to us.

Some of these third party sources may include publicly available sources of information.


Data we collect automatically – “Cookies”


When you visit one of our websites, we automatically collect, store and use technical information about your equipment and interaction with our website. This information is sent from your computer to us using a variety of Cookies.


Blackfords LLP uses Cookies to improve your experience of using the website and to improve our range of services. Blackfords LLP has carefully chosen these Cookies and has taken steps to ensure that your privacy is protected and respected at all times.

All Cookies used by this website are used in accordance with current UK and EU Cookie Law.


Before the website places Cookies on your computer, you will be presented with a message bar requesting your consent to set those Cookies. By giving your consent to the placing of Cookies, you are enabling Blackfords LLP to provide a better experience and service to you. You may, if you wish, deny consent to the placing of Cookies; however certain features of the Website may not function fully or as intended.


This Website may place the following Cookies:


Strictly necessary Cookies - These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.

Analytical/performance Cookies - They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.


You can choose to enable or disable Cookies in your internet browser. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser.


You can choose to delete Cookies at any time; however, you may lose any information that enables you to access the Website more quickly and efficiently including, but not limited to, personalisation settings.


It is recommended that you ensure that your internet browser is up-to-date and that you consult the help and guidance provided by the developer of your internet browser if you are unsure about adjusting your privacy settings.


How we use your personal data


We will only use your personal data fairly and where we have a lawful reason to do so.


We are allowed to use your personal data if we have your consent or another legally permitted reason applies. These include to fulfil a contract with you, when we have a legal duty to comply with, or when it is in our legitimate business interest to use your personal data. We can only rely on our legitimate business interest, if it is fair and reasonable to do so.


Our use of your personal data depends on how and where you interact with us. Listed below are the ways that we use your personal data and which of the reasons we rely on to do so:


































We will only process special category data where the processing is necessary for the purposes of providing our client with advice regarding obligations or an individual with advice regarding their rights in the field of employment or social security; or where it is necessary to do so in order to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.


Sharing and transferring your data


We treat your personal data with respect and do not share it with third parties except as described below.


We may disclose personal data relating to our clients, their employees and agents to other legal specialists including barristers, mediators, arbitrators, consultants or experts engaged in a matter. We may also disclose personal data to third party law firms for the purpose of obtaining foreign legal advice.

We may share personal information when necessary with law enforcement and regulatory authorities

We may also share your personal data when you have consented to us doing so.

We will only transfer your personal data outside of the European region under the following circumstances:


where the transfer is to a country or other territory which has been assessed by the European Commission (or an equivalent UK body) as ensuring an adequate level of protection for personal data

with your consent or

on the basis that the transfer is compliant with the GDPR and other applicable laws.


How we protect your personal data


We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed.


We hold data electronically in our secure document management system and on our on-site file servers. Network infrastructure is protected using firewalls and anti-malware software. We also have off-site back-up servers in secure locations. We encrypt data leaving the firm on removable media and email, using industry standard encryption method that encrypts the data in transit. We regularly back up and encrypt all of the data we hold.


We store papers in lockable cabinets in our offices when not being actively used and we have a secure off-site document storage facility for archived papers. Our offices are secure and only personnel holding appropriate security passes can access areas where personal data are stored.


When necessary, we dispose of or delete your data securely.


We ensure that our employees, agents and contractors are aware of their privacy and data security obligations and we take reasonable steps to ensure that employees of third parties working on our behalf are aware of their privacy and data security obligations.


We limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a need to know. Access to client data is restricted to the instructing team within the firm. The firm’s business support teams may also have access to personal data (for example, to provide IT and document management support).


We may give third parties access to the personal information we hold about you in order to comply with our regulatory obligations (for example, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, our auditors or our professional indemnity insurers).


The transmission of information via the internet is never completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your electronic information transmitted to us and any transmission is at your own risk.


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


Keeping your personal data


We do not keep your personal data for any longer than is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which we collected it, or to comply with any legal, regulatory or reporting obligations or to assert or defend against legal claims.


Your rights regarding your personal data


You have certain rights regarding how we use and keep your personal data. These are:


you can require us, to update or correct any inaccurate personal data, or to complete any incomplete personal data, concerning you. If you do, we will take reasonable steps to check the accuracy of and correct the information. Please let us know if any of your information changes so that we can keep it accurate and up to date;

you can require us to stop processing your information for direct marketing purposes; if you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you; and

you have the right to object to our use of your personal data more generally.


You may also have the right, in certain circumstances to:


be provided with a copy of any personal data that we hold about you, with certain related information. There are exceptions to this right; for example, where information is legally privileged or if providing you with the information would reveal personal data about another person

to require us, without undue delay, to delete your personal data

to "restrict" our use of your information, so that it can only continue subject to restrictions; and

to require personal data which you have provided to us and which are processed by using automated means, based on your consent or the performance of a contract with you, to be provided to you in machine readable format so that they can be "ported" to a replacement service provider.


You can exercise the above rights, where applicable by contacting the Managing Partner. We will require you to provide satisfactory proof of your identity in order to ensure that your rights are respected and protected. This is to ensure that your personal data is disclosed only to you.








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