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DAC Beachcroft is an international legal business which operates through separately constituted and regulated legal entities providing legal and/or claims handling services in accordance with the relevant laws of the jurisdictions in which the different entities operate.
The use of words and/or phrases such as "DAC Beachcroft", "we", "us" or "our" is for convenience only and refers to any of the entities listed in our Legal Notice, each of which is a separate data controller in their own right.
You should read this Notice carefully and raise any questions you may have with the Data Protection Enquiry Team (outlined below in this Notice).
This Notice applies to all persons whose data we collect and use (except as set out below). This includes individuals in the categories below or any individuals who work for any of the following:
This Notice does not apply to:
WHAT DATA DO WE COLLECT?
DAC Beachcroft will collect, store and use your data for a variety of reasons in connection with your relationship with us.
Personal data means information which identifies you and relates to you as an individual. We have set out the main categories of personal data which we process on a day to day basis:
Certain categories of data are considered "special categories of data" and are subject to additional safeguards. The special categories of personal data which we process may relate to:
In addition to the above, there may be occasion where we process personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences.
The categories of data that we collect will depend on your relationship with us.
The lists set out above are not exhaustive and there may be other data which DAC Beachcroft collects, stores and uses in the context of the relationship. We will update this Notice from time to time to reflect any notable changes in the categories of data which are processed.
The data which we process will be collected from a number of sources including (but not limited to) the following:
HOW DO WE USE YOUR DATA?
DAC Beachcroft uses your data for a variety of purposes in order to provide our services as an international legal and/or claims handling services group.
We may use your data if:
We have set out below the main purposes for which your data may be processed which include (but are not limited to) providing our services, such as:
In order for us to improve our services, we will always endeavour to use dummy or anonymised data wherever possible. Where that is not possible, we may use personal data to test the improvement of a system(s) or development of a new system(s) in pursuit of our legitimate business interests (but only if these are not overridden by a person’s interests, rights or freedoms). That being said, we will only do so in a safe and controlled manner in accordance with our obligations under data protection legislation.
In the event that you object to the use of your personal data as part of our testing only, you are able to object (by emailing: email@example.com) whereby we will add your name to an opt-out list and your personal data will not be used as part of any test.
Again the lists above are not exhaustive and DAC Beachcroft may undertake additional processing of data in line with the purposes set out above. We will update this Notice from time to time to reflect any notable changes to the purposes for which your data is processed.
WHEN DO WE SHARE DATA?
DAC Beachcroft may, as follows, share your data with other parties in certain circumstances and where it is necessary to achieve the purposes detailed above:
As we are a global legal services group, data may be transferred outside of the UK and the European Economic Area ('EEA'). For example this may be in relation to an international legal claim or transaction, or where we are sharing information with our colleagues or third party service providers who operate outside of the UK or the EEA.
In all cases, your data is shared where appropriate technical and organisational measures are in place to protect that data in line with this Notice and also our obligations or as permitted by applicable law and/or regulation.
FOR HOW LONG WILL MY DATA BE RETAINED?
DAC Beachcroft's policy is to retain data only for as long as is needed to fulfil the purpose(s) for which it was collected, or otherwise required under applicable jurisdictional laws and/or regulations and/or business continuity purposes. Under some circumstances we may anonymise your data so that it can no longer be associated with you. We reserve the right to retain and use such anonymous data for any legitimate business purpose without further notice to you.
DAC Beachcroft will typically retain data for periods set out below subject to any exceptional circumstances and/or to comply with particular jurisdictional laws or regulations and/for business continuity purposes:
Subject to the exceptions below, and unless there is any other valid legal, regulatory, client or business reason to retain it beyond that timescale, all matter files will usually be destroyed at approximately 7 years after the matter has been closed.
i) Claimant/Plaintiff/pursuer is a child
Once the child reaches 28 years of ages
ii) Claimant/Plaintiff/pursuer is under a disability
50 years from data of final order (reviewed every 10 years)
iii) Claimant/Plaintiff/pursuer has a provisional damages and/or periodic payments award
Whichever of timescales at i) and ii) is applicable given terms of final order
Real Estate/Construction Files
15 years from file closure
Files relating to deeds
Files relating to leases
2 years longer than term of lease (maximum of 27 years)
Files relating to construction
Where client is a mortgagee
2 years longer than term of loan
WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IN RELATION TO MY DATA?
DAC Beachcroft will always seek to process your data in accordance with our obligations, our rights and your rights.
You will not be subject to decisions based solely on automated data processing without your prior consent.
In certain circumstances, you have the right to seek the erasure or correction of your data, to object to particular aspects of how your data is processed, and otherwise to seek the restriction of the processing of your data. You also have the right to request the transfer of your data to another party in a commonly used format. If you have any questions about these rights, please contact our Data Protection Enquiry Team (outlined below in the Notice).
You have a separate right of access to your data processed by DAC Beachcroft. You may be asked for information to confirm your identity and/or assist DAC Beachcroft to locate the data you are seeking as part of DAC Beachcroft's response to your request. If you wish to exercise your right of access, please contact our Data Protection Enquiry Team (outlined below in the Notice).
You have the right to raise any concerns about how your data is being processed with:
We have elected the DPC as our Lead Supervisory Authority within the EU.
In addition to our designated Lead DPO for the UK, we have appointed a Lead DPO for the EU.
WHERE CAN I GET FURTHER INFORMATION?
If you have any questions about this Notice, want to exercise your right to see a copy of the information that we hold about you, or think that information we hold about you may need to be corrected, want to delete all or any part of it or to object to the processing on legitimate grounds, please contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Data Protection Enquiry TeamDAC BeachcroftSt Paul's House23 Park Square SouthLeedsUnited KingdomLS1 2ND
Last updated: October 2020