The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018 and we are managing your data in accordance with these laws. Harry Fehily leads the way in protecting your data
We respect the trust you place in us when you share your information with us. Whether this is in connection with a conveyance, litigation, a commercial transaction or probate services, we are also mindful of our professional duty of confidentiality. We want to advise you of how we will be complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as and from 25th May 2018.
When you retain us to be your solicitors, we will process your personal data on a number of different grounds: the performance of our obligations under our contract, to protect your vital interests, in accordance with our legal obligations, in pursuit of our legitimate interests in representing you or, in appropriate instances, on the basis that you have consented to us doing so.
We will be maintaining dedicated internal policies in relation to data protection
Data subjects will have increased rights going forward under the GDPR, including rectification, erasure, return, access and data portability. Our policies reflect these rights and we have provided training to all of our staff in relation to our new policies and procedures.
We will be maintaining dedicated internal policies in relation to data protection, data retention and storage, data subject access rights and data breaches. When we are sharing your personal data with a third party, we will be confirming with that third party that they are aware of their obligations under the GDPR and that they will securely dispose of that personal data at the appropriate time.
We are mindful of our obligations in relation to data minimisation and we will be storing files in accordance with the mandatory periods for retention, as set out by the Law Society and our statutory obligations, including the Solicitors Accounts Regulations. We do not typically transfer client data outside of the European Economic Area.
From time to time, we circulate legal updates and general notes relating to HOMS Solicitors which we believe may be of benefit and interest to our clients, including newsletters and other information documents. We endeavour to ensure that the recipients should have a legitimate interest in receiving such updates or that we otherwise have documented consent processes in place.
We have put accountability at the heart of our practice’s approach to data protection in the context of the GDPR, including the appointment of Michael Murphy, Senior Associate Solicitor, as the HOMS Data Protection Champion. Should you have any queries or requests concerning data protection with us, we invite you to email [email protected].
We look forward to continuing to provide you with a service characterised by quality, knowledge, experience, integrity and competitiveness and where your data protection rights are fully respected and protected. As a dynamic law firm, this is part of the specialisation to clients which is always at the heart of how we do business.