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privacy policy

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Watson Burton LLP (Watson Burton) is committed to maintaining the privacy of any personal information obtained through your use of our website.
    2. This policy, in conjunction with our Web Policy, aims to outline the type of personal data we will collect about you (or that you may provide) and how we may process this information. It will also explain how you can instruct us, if you would prefer to limit the use of that information, and the procedures we have in place to safeguard your privacy. We recommend that you take the time to carefully read and understand our Privacy Policy. By visiting this website you are accepting and consenting to the practices described below.
    3. Our Privacy Policy does not apply to any third party websites that you may visit through a link on this website. If you use our website to link to a third party website we recommend that you take the time to read and understand the Privacy Policy of the third party website, as your data may be used differently by the operator of a linked website. We do not accept responsibility for third party policies and practices.

  2. DATA PROTECTION
    1. This Website is owned and operated by Watson Burton LLP, which is the ‘Data Controller' for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). We are registered with the Information Commissioner's Register of Data Controllers, registration number Z8810105.
    2. To comply with the DPA we adhere to strict security procedures. The personal information which we hold will be held securely to ensure no unauthorised disclosure or access.
    3. The type of information which we may collect about you includes:
      1. Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address;
      2. Your occupation and interests;
      3. Financial and credit card information (event payment);
      4. The information included in any documents you provide;
      5. Details about the services you specifically request; and
      6. Details of your visits to our site.
    4. We do not collect sensitive information about you without your explicit consent. However, if you submit a CV or job application to us through our website or in person you may provide sensitive personal data about yourself as defined by the DPA. By submitting this information, you consent to the use of this information to assess your application and adhere to our requirements for monitoring diversity. This information will not be used for any other purpose.
    5. How we collect information about you
    6. By submitting or providing your information to us, you consent to the use of that information as set out in this Policy. If we change our terms and conditions we will post the changes on this page, and may place notices on other pages of the Website, so that you may be aware of the information we collect and how we use it at all times.
    7. Through your use of our website we collect information about you. This information can be obtained when you:
      1. Visits our website. We use technology to track the patterns of behaviour of visitors to our Website. This can include using a "cookie" which would be stored on your browser (for further information please see paragraph 3.15). We may also store technical information (such as the internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the internet, browser type and version and your time zone setting) and information about your visit (such as the URL, clickstream to and from the website, page response times, download errors and length of visits to certain pages);
      2. Complete forms through our website, including submitting an enquiry or subscribing to newsletters and events;
      3. Apply for a vacancy (including our Vacation Scheme and Training Contracts);
      4. Participate in a client survey; and / or
      5. Send an email to our Marketing team.
    8. We may also collect information from third party sources (including, for example, sub-contractors in technical, payment and delivery services, analytics providers, search information providers and other legal representatives in regards to an ongoing case or other legal matter upon which we are instructed). We shall process and store that information in accordance with the terms of this policy. If you require any further information about the information that we might receive from third party sources, please contact us by either writing to our Marketing Team at 1 St James Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1YQ or e-mailing watsonburton.marketing@watsonburton.com.
    9. Why we collect personal information
    10. The information you provide to us when using our Website will be processed to:
      1. Process requests for advice or information supplied by us;
      2. Update our website to address common enquiries and search categories;
      3. Administer our website and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes;
      4. Ensure that content from our website is presented in the most effective manner for your and for your device;
      5. Ensure that our website is safe and secure;
      6. Update you in relation to any changes to our services;
      7. Comply with our statutory and regulatory obligations; and
      8. Process any application for employment.
    11. For existing clients we may contact you by email to provide you with information about other services which we believe may be of interest to you. Such services will be of a similar nature as those for which we had previously been instructed by you.
    12. If you are a new client, and where we permit selected third parties to use your data, we (or they) will contact you by electronic means only if you have consented to this.
    13. How we store your personal information
    14. Information which we collect about you is stored electronically on our database, although it may also be printed and stored in our filing system. It will not be disclosed to third parties other than our website hosting providers, except as otherwise stated in this Policy.
    15. Unfortunately the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data we cannot guarantee the security of data as it is transmitted to our site. Transmission of data is therefore undertaken at your own risk. We employ strict security features to try and protect your personal data.
    16. We undertake to keep your personal information confidential except to the extent that we are compelled to disclose it:
      1. By law (for example where fraud or other crime is involved);
      2. To comply with an instruction of a regulatory body of competent jurisdiction (such as the Law Society);
      3. To satisfy our auditors;
      4. To comply with anti-money laundering or other statutory regulations; or
      5. If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of business and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Watson Burton LLP, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
    17. We also use information held about you in the following ways:
      1. in the event that we sell or buy any business or asset, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets; and
      2. if Watson Burton or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its clients and other visitors to our website will be one of the transferred assets.
    18. We reserve the right to appoint an Internet service provider or other service provider which may be situated outside the European Economic Area. By submitting or providing your personal data to us, you consent to any transfer, sorting and / or processing of your personal information outside the European Economic Area. This may be necessary for us to achieve the purposes set out above and we will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Policy.

  3. COOKIES
    1. We also employ cookies on this site. Cookies are small text files used on the internet for a variety of purposes. We use cookies to make your use of the Website more efficient, for example by saving you the trouble of re-entering information. You have a right to refuse this and can modify your browser accordingly. Although the cookie may provide an automated identification of your computer to our workstation, no personal data is stored in the cookie.
    2. By this means we automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:-
      1. the internet domain and IP (Internet Protocol) address from where you access our website;
      2. (where applicable), the login details you used to login to the website;
      3. the type of browser software and operating system used to access our website;
      4. the date and time you access our website;
      5. if you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website; and
      6. the pages you enter, visit and exit our website from.
    3. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
      Cookie Purpose
      Google Analytics These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited on each occasion. It does not identify you as an individual.
      ColdFusion Session ID & ColdFusion Session Token This cookie is essential to allow users to browse the Watson Burton website and is set automatically by the server. It allows the server to identify users. It expires when a user closes their browser.
      Site Session Cookies Used to register user interaction.

      These are temporary files and are erased when you close your internet browser. These are commonly used by websites to allow you to navigate it efficiently and so it remembers any information that you have entered on the website. When you restart your browser, the website will not recognise you.

      Our third party payment provider uses session cookies that allow our website to communicate with their site through our events section. These are third party cookies.
      Persistent Cookies These types of cookies remember information and preferences entered on the website for a future visit.

      Our website provider, Engima Interactive Limited uses these cookies which allocate a unique ID number to track your sessions. Persistent cookies remain on your hard drive until you delete them.
    4. Cookie Intrusiveness
    5. The majority of cookies used on our website have an intrusiveness level of zero, low or medium. If they have an intrusiveness of zero, this means that they are vital to ensure proper functioning of the website. Low intrusive cookies are used to enhance the experience of a website such as remembering preferences i.e. text size or theme choices and medium intrusiveness are cookies that may be used to remember some personally identifiable information or can be used in a limited way to track people across the website.
    6. Cookie Acceptance
    7. On accessing the website, you will be asked to accept the cookies which are essential to the proper functioning of our website. If you wish to block the use of cookies, please refer to paragraph 3.7.
    8. Blocking Cookies
    9. You may adjust your device's settings to block cookies, or to accept them only on confirmation from you. Because of the wide variety of browsers and operating systems used by our clients and other visitors to our website we cannot provide detailed instructions for this, however your browser should contain details in its help facility.
    10. Traffic Data
    11. Watson Burton LLP employs information gathering technologies for the purposes of collecting information and statistics about the users of this site, but such information will not be used to identify any individual. The purpose of gathering such information is to assist us to analyse the use of the website and revise it for the benefit of our clients and other visitors to our website by making your visit to the website more efficient and to improve and increase the content found to be most popular.
    12. Google Analytics is one such platform used for analysing traffic data as above.

  4. YOUR RIGHTS
    1. In accordance with the DPA. you are entitled to request details of the information that we hold about you upon payment of a statutory fee of £10 to meet some of our costs in providing you with details of the data that we hold about you.
    2. If you believe that the information we hold about you is inaccurate or if you wish us to cease processing your data for any particular purpose or purposes, you may contact us by either writing to our Marketing Team at 1 St James Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1YQ or e-mailing watsonburton.marketing@watsonburton.com. We will then correct / delete this information as soon as possible in accordance with your request.
    3. Opting in
    4. Unless you specify otherwise, submitting a question or comment (in relation to Legal Services) or registering for a newsletter or event on this website automatically opts you in to our promotional mailing list for newsletters, briefings, events and Legal Services in general. We will not pass this information on to a third party without your consent.
    5. You agree that Watson Burton shall be free to send you from time to time additional product or company information, including newsletters, product advertisements and / or announcements. Each newsletter, advertisement etc. will provide an opportunity for you to opt out at any time.
    6. We will never sell or disclose your email address to anyone without your consent.
    7. Option to Opt-Out
    8. If you no longer wish to receive any form of mailings from us including seminar invitations please email your request to watsonburton.marketing@watsonburton.com and we will process your request in accordance with paragraph 4.

  5. OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION
    1. We are required to verify the identity of all new clients for money laundering purposes. Further information can be found in our Engagement Letters.
    2. If you provide us with a business card we may enter this data into our Marketing Database (CRM) and Practice Management System to enable us to send you legal updates. You have the right to opt out of these updates (see paragraph4.6).

  6. STATUS OF THIS POLICY
    1. This policy forms part of our Web Policy and may be updated without notice. We therefore recommend that you review this policy regularly to ensure that you are familiar with our terms of use.

  7. QUERIES
    1. If you have any questions in relation to our Privacy Policy, you can contact us by e-mailing watsonburton.marketing@watsonburton.com.