Privacy Notice

Please read the following information carefully.

This Privacy Notice contains information about what data we collect and store about you and why. It also tells you who we share this information with, the security mechanisms we have put in place to protect your data and how to contact us if you have a complaint.

All instructions with Bright Line Law Services Limited (“BLL”) will accord with the letter of engagement and/or the acknowledgment of instructions in which reference is made to this Privacy Notice.

BLL uses and is responsible for how your personal data is stored and processed.

BLL is the ‘controller’ of this information for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and other applicable data protection laws.

BLL has appointed Jonathan Fisher QC as Data Protection Manager to monitor its data protection compliance.

When instructing BLL, we shall request the following information from you:

  • Name
  • E-mail
  • Contact number

This information is collected and will be lawfully processed for the performance of the contract between you and BLL for the provision of legal services.

Please note that the choice of how much personally identifiable information you disclose to BLL is completely at your discretion. It is never mandatory for you to answer any question. However, by not providing certain information or answering questions, this may limit the legal services which BLL is able to provide.

BLL may process your personal data for marketing purposes on a legitimate business interest basis. If you wish to unsubscribe from our marketing campaigns, including our blog portal newsletters, you can send an email to info@brightlinelaw.co.uk with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject box.

BLL has professional relationships with several third parties with whom it shares personal information on occasions. The third parties include other barristers and solicitors who are instructed in the case, the judge, and the court services. This data sharing enables BLL to provide legal services.

BLL will share personal information with law enforcement agencies if required by applicable law. However, BLL will not share your personal information with any other third parties without your consent, unless required by law to do so. If you would like any further information about sharing your data with third parties, please contact info@brightlinelaw.co.uk.

BLL will store your data in a secure encrypted digital storage form. All hardcopy files are stored securely in a locked room when not being used. The locked room is located in a secure building which is alarmed out-of-office hours. Only BLL employees have access to electronic or hardcopy data.

Once your matter has concluded, your data will be securely stored for a minimum of seven years in accordance with the Bar Council Regulations. Thereafter, your personal data will either be securely destroyed or, upon review, further retained. If retained for over the minimum retention period, you will be informed of the reasons why by email.

BLL does not intend to process your personal information for any reason other than those stated within this Privacy Notice. If this changes, you will be informed by email.

Your rights

Under the GDPR, you have several important rights that you can exercise free of charge.

In summary, these rights are:

  • Transparency over how we use your personal data and fair processing of your information;
  • Access to your personal information and other supplementary information;
  • Require us to correct any mistakes or complete missing information we hold on you;
  • Require us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances;
  • Receive a copy of the personal information you have provided to us or have this information sent to a third party, this will be provided to you or the third party in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format;
  • Object at any time to the processing of your personal information for direct marketing;
  • Object in certain other situations to the continued processing of your personal information;
  • Restrict our processing of your personal information in certain circumstances; and
  • Request not to be subject to automated decision making which produce legal effects that concern you or affect you in a significantly similar way.

If you require further information about your rights under the GDPR please see the Guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office on Individual's rights under the GDPR.

If you want to exercise any of these rights, please write to the Data Protection Manager, stating which right(s) you wish to exercise either by email (info@brightlinelaw.co.uk) or by post (address below). You will receive a response within one month upon receipt of your request.

Please note that if you wish to unsubscribe from any email correspondence you can do so by sending an email to info@brightlinelaw.co.uk with the word UNSUBSCIBE EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE in the subject box. It may take 21 days for this to become effective.

BLL hopes that you are satisfied with how your data is collected, processed, and stored. However, if you do have an issue or wish to make a complaint, the Data Protection Manager will seek to resolve these. Please email info@brightlinelaw.co.uk if you do have any concerns.

The GDPR also gives you the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live or where the alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The UK supervisory authority is the Information Commissioner’s Office who can be contacted at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice was published in May 2018. We constantly review our internal privacy practices and may change this policy from time to time.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or the information we hold about you, please contact the Data Protection Manager by email (info@brightlinelaw.co.uk) or by post (address below).

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