Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Worthingtons Solicitors (“We") are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy, together with our Terms of Use and any other documents referred to herein sets out the basis on which we process personal information about you. Personal data is information that can identify a specific individual such as name, physical and/or email address and telephone number. Please read the following policy carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it. By visiting www.worthingtonslaw.co.uk you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy.

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is Worthingtons Solicitors of 24-38 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG. Our nominated Data Protection Officer is Maxine Orr LLB.

KEEPING PERSONAL INFORMATION ACCURATE

We are committed to ensuring that your personal information is kept accurate and up to date. However, we can only make changes to your personal information if you notify us. It is your responsibility to let us know if there are inaccuracies or changes to your personal information. Please notify us at info@worthingtonslaw.co.uk if there are any changes to or inaccuracies in your personal information, providing us with sufficient information to enable us to identify you, so that any changes can be made.

 

INFORMATION WE MAY COLLECT FROM YOU

We may collect and process the following data about you:

Information you provide to us: 

There are several ways in which you may choose to provide us with information about yourself including filling in forms online on www.worthingtonslaw.co.uk (our site) or by corresponding with us by phone, email or otherwise. Other means by which you may provide information to us includes registering to use our website, subscribing to or otherwise accepting our Terms of Use, subscribing to our newsletter or other services, participating in discussion boards, using social media functions via our website, entering promotions, competitions or surveys, paying bills or invoices online and when you report a problem with our site. The personal information you may choose to provide us with may include your name, address, date of birth, telephone number, e-mail address, national insurance number, financial and credit card information, photographic ID and a personal description of yourself. When you provide this information through one of the various channels described above, you agree that it will be used to provide the information, products or services you request. Where you have subscribed to receive our newsletter(s), we are able to ensure you receive further relative and informative communications by following your interactions with that communication, such as whether you receive, open or click on a link within an email communication. We offer you the option to unsubscribe from all our further communications.

 

Information we collect about you: 

With regard to each of your visits to our website we may automatically collect the following information about you: · Technical Information, including but not limited to, the Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer or mobile device to the Internet; your log-in information (if applicable); browser type and version; the plug-in applications used by your browser; time-zone setting; operating system and platform used by your computer and tablet or mobile device;· Information about your visit, including but not limited to, the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from our site (including the date and time our site was accessed); services you viewed or searched for on our site; page response times; download errors; lengths of visits to certain pages and; page interaction information (such as scrolling, mouse-overs and clicks).

 

Information we receive from other sources: 

We may receive information about you if you use any of the other websites we operate or other services we provide. Where we have done so we will inform you when we collect that data so that it may be shared internally and combined with data collected on this site www.worthingtonslaw.co.uk. We are also working closely with third parties (including for example, business partners, sub-contractors in technical services, payment and delivery services, advertising networks, analytics providers, search information providers, search engine optimisation providers, credit reference agencies) and may receive information about you from them.

 

Information provided to third parties through hyper-links or embedded functionality: 

You may choose to provide personal information via our website to a third party. Our website may contain links to content or other functionality provided by third parties which are outside our control and are not covered by our privacy policy. If you access other websites using links or use other embedded functionality provided by third parties, the operators of those websites may collect information from or about you which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy statement, which may differ from ours. We encourage you to read those providers’ privacy statements on their websites. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.

 

COOKIES

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. For detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them see our Cookie Policy at https://www.worthingtonslaw.co.uk/. The link can be found at the bottom of our homepage.

 

HOW YOUR INFORMATION IS USED

We use information held about you in the following ways:

Information you provide to us

We will use this information:

 

  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us and to provide you with the legal information, products and services that you request from us;
  • To provide you with information about other services we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or inquired about;
  • To notify you about changes to our service;
  • To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer, tablet or mobile device.

Information we collect about you

We will use this information:

  • To administer our site and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes;
  • To improve our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and your computer, tablet or mobile device;
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so;
  • As part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure;
  • To measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising we provide to you and others, and to deliver relevant advertising to you;
  • To make suggestions and recommendations to you and other users of our site about goods or services that may interest you or them.

Information we receive from other sources

We may combine this information with information you give to us and information we collect about you. We may use this information and the combined information for the purposes set out above (depending on the types of information we receive).

 

DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION

Worthingtons Solicitors does not sell or otherwise release your personal information to third parties to allow them to direct market their products and services to you. In order to provide our products and services we may, however, need to share your personal information with third party service providers that process data on our behalf. We may share your information with selected third parties including:

  • Business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with [them or] you;
  • Advertisers and advertising networks that require the data to select and serve relevant adverts to you and others. [We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to our advertisers, but we will provide them with aggregate information about our users. We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers' wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience];
  • Analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our site.

We will disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we will disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets.
  • If Worthingtons Solicitors or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets.
  • 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 Use [insert link when available] and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Worthingtons Solicitors, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

WHERE WE STORE YOUR PERSONAL DATA

The data that we collect from you will be transferred to, and stored at a third party location within the United Kingdom. Personal data should never be transferred outside of the European Economic Area.

 

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Any payment transactions will be encrypted before electronic transfer. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

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 your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk and there may be instances where your data travels internationally. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

WORTHINGTONS AS A POTENTIAL EMPLOYER

In relation to applicants for employment, Worthingtons Solicitors will use the personal information they supply to process the application and to monitor recruitment statistics. If as part of this process Worthingtons Solicitors intends to disclose information to a third party such as taking up a reference or obtaining a disclosure certificate from Access NI, Worthingtons Solicitors will not do so without first informing the applicant beforehand unless the disclosure is required by law. Personal information about unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed.

 

YOUR RIGHTS

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for any purposes. When you accept our Terms of Business you are accepting that we have the right to retain personal data about you on our files and/or computer records and indeed that we are obliged to retain such records pursuant to advice issued by our regulating body, the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Examples can include financial information, bank details, sensitive personal data and medical records/reports. In accepting these Terms of Business you confirm that we may receive and hold confidential and/or personal data in relation to you and that, where appropriate, this may need disclosed to others, such as counsel/solicitor advocates, experts and other parties including Legal Expenses Insurers and the Legal Services Commission.

 

In addition, we may contact you from time to time to let you know about our services, which may include sending you, by post/email, Newsletters and news on training events, seminars or changes in the law that may affect you. You can exercise the right not to receive such marketing material at any time by contacting us at Worthingtons Solicitors, 24-38 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG or info@worthingtonslaw.co.uk or by writing to/emailing the Solicitor responsible (or Partner supervising) your case.

 

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from other websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request will be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

 

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We review this privacy policy regularly and may modify it from time to time. We will place any updates on this webpage. BY continuing to use this website after such changes have been made, you acknowledge and agree that you have read, understood and accept the changes. This privacy policy was last updated on 10 October 2016.

 

CONTACT

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomes and should be addressed to Worthingtons Solicitors, 24-38 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG or info@worthingtonslaw.co.uk.

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