We may also use it to update out client records, for internal analysis to help us manage our practice, for statutory returns and to comply with legislation.
With effect from 25 May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force. Our use of your personal information is governed both by this regulation and also our professional duty of confidentiality imposed on us within the Code of Conduct contained in the Solicitors Regulation Authority Handbook. Law firms are under a professional and legal obligation to keep the affairs of its clients confidential and we will of course observe this in all cases.
Personal information in order to verify your identity, to carry out our obligations under The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (including any amending or replacement legislation), to provide you with legal services and other information that you instruct us to carry out and to provide other information that may be of interest to you. This information may also be used in order to comply with laws or to fulfil our professional and regulatory obligations, to defend ourselves in claims under such laws, for management and administrative and purposes and for any other legitimate business interests that we or any third parties to whom your personal information is shared may have. If we merge with another entity or the firm is taken over, you consent to your personal information being transferred to the successor of the business.
Information that you provide may be shared with any service providers with which we have a relationship, our insurers and our regulators. When information is shared with third parties outside of our control, it may result in information being sent to countries outside of the European Economic Area. Although this is unlikely and instances of this may be rare, you should be aware that the laws in those other countries may provide less protection for your personal information.
You have a legal right to request access to, change or erase your personal information, so if you would like to make such a request, then please contact us in writing at our office with full details of your request. Please note that erasure will only be agreed to where we no longer need that information for the purposes described above.
In order that the conveyancing process can work effectively, we will deal regularly with parties such as your mortgagee, financial advisor, surveyor, estate agent, non-owner occupiers at the property, persons who may be contributing financially towards the transaction, as well as solicitors acting for other parties in the transaction. We do need to divulge information to those parties from time-to-time and therefore by agreeing to our terms of business, you allow us to make such disclosures.
"Thank you so much for all your help. You are incredible at your job and always so helpful and approachable. You made it all very understandable, even the confusing parts. "Tom & Zoe, Pudsey.
The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) provides a quality standard mark for lawyers in residential conveyancing is also recognised by many mortgage lenders. We were one of the first firms in West Yorkshire to be awarded the accreditation.