Howes Percival LLP is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy (together with any other documents referred to on it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is Howes Percival LLP of Nene House, 4 Rushmills, Northampton NN4 7YB. Our nominated representative for the purpose of the Act is Graham Irons.
INFORMATION WE MAY COLLECT FROM YOU
We will only collect personally identifiable information (such as your name, address and contact details) via this site when it is voluntarily submitted by you to us. We may collect and process the following data about you:
· Information that you provide by filling in forms on our site www.howespercival.co.uk (our site). This includes information provided at the time of requesting information or services from us. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our site.
· If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
· We may also ask you to complete surveys or provide feedback that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
· Details of your visits to our site and the resources that you access.
We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
WHERE WE STORE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. 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. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
USES MADE OF THE INFORMATION
We use information held about you in the following ways:
· To deal with and/or respond to any enquiry or request made by you.
· To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
· to contact you by email and other methods of communication to provide you with details of our services, to send you legal bulletins and updates and to send you details of seminars or other events which we believe may be of interest to you.
· To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
· To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
· To notify you about changes to our service.
· Where you have submitted an online application for an employment opportunity with us, to process that application and evaluate the merits of your application.
If you are an existing client or contact, we will only contact you by electronic means (e-mail) with information about services similar to those which were the subject of a previous engagement with you.
If you do not want us to use your data in this way, please tick the relevant box situated on the form on which we collect your data. You can opt out of receiving these notifications at any time thereafter by clicking on the "unsubscribe" or "opt out" link in our communications.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
We may disclose your personal information to third parties:
· In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets.
· If Howes Percival LLP or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its clients 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 any agreements which may be entered into between us; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Howes Percival LLP, our clients, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting our Data Protection Compliance Manager at Howes Percival LLP, Nene House, 4 Rushmills, Northampton NN4 7YB.
Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from external websites as a service to our visitors. 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. The provision of a link on our site to an external website should not be taken as an endorsement by Howes Percival LLP of that external website, its owners or their products/services.
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 by contacting our Data Protection Compliance Manager at Howes Percival LLP, Nene House, 4 Rushmills, Northampton NN4 7YB. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.
Regulatory & Legal Information
The term partner is used to refer to a member of Howes Percival LLP, or an employee or consultant of it (or any subsidiary of it) with equivalent standing and qualifications. A list of members' names is available for inspection at the registered office: Nene House, Rushmills, Northampton NN4 7YB.
All of the members of Howes Percival LLP are solicitors of England and Wales, apart from Richard Lovett, Stuart Maggs and Alastair Mearns (who are non-lawyers).
We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (the independent regulatory body of the Law Society of England and Wales) whose address is The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RN. We are subject to the SRA Code of Conduct, which may be viewed at www.sra.org.uk.
The Legal Ombudsman deals with complaints against lawyers, although this service is only available to members of the public and very small businesses, charities, clubs and trusts. Details of the Legal Ombudsman's services and the eligibility of complainants can be found at www.legalombudsman.org.uk. The Legal Ombudsman can be contacted by post at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ or by telephone on 0300 555 0333. Any complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must normally be made within six months of the date of our final written response to your complaint. In addition, please be aware that the Legal Ombudsman will not accept your complaint if:
(a) more than six years have elapsed from the date of the act or omission giving rise to the complaint; or
(b) more than three years have elapsed from the time when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint; or
(c) the date of the alleged act or omission giving rise to the complaint, or the date when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint, was before 6 October 2010.
Alternative complaints bodies (such as Pro Mediate UK Limited - www.promediate.co.uk) exist which are competent to deal with complaints by consumers about legal services should both you and we wish to use such a scheme. However, we do not agree to use such a scheme.
Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howes Percival LLP is not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Howes Percival LLP will not give and the scope of its instructions does not extend to providing investment services, to acting as your financial adviser or otherwise providing advice on the merits of a particular transaction. We are able in certain circumstances to offer a limited range of investment services to clients because we are members of the Law Society of England and Wales, which is a designated professional body for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. We can provide these investment services if they are an incidental part of our legal work.
Howes Percival LLP is not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. However, it is included on the register maintained by the Financial Conduct Authority so that it can carry on insurance mediation activity, which is broadly the advising on, selling and administration of insurance contracts. This part of our business, including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong, is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The register can be accessed via the Financial Conduct Authority website at www.fca.org.uk/register
The Law Society of England and Wales is a designated professional body for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the independent regulatory arm of the Law Society. The Legal Ombudsman deals with complaints against lawyers. If you are unhappy with any insurance advice you receive from us, you should raise your concerns with either of these bodies.
Howes Percival LLP maintains a minimum of £3,000,000 of professional indemnity insurance in accordance with our professional requirements. Details of the insurers who provide us with cover to that minimum level are available from our brokers, Willis Limited, 51 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ.
The information on this site about legal matters is provided as a general guide only. Although we try to ensure that all of the information on this site is accurate and up to date, this cannot be guaranteed. The information on this site should not be relied upon or construed as constituting legal advice and Howes Percival LLP disclaims liability in relation to its use. You should seek appropriate legal advice before taking or refraining from taking any action.
Links on this site to third party websites are for your convenience and do not imply that we endorse those sites. Howes Percival LLP is not responsible for the content of third party websites.
Howes Percival LLP's VAT number is 119523573.
Howes Percival is an independent member of Abacus Worldwide, an international association of independent accounting, consulting and legal firms. www.abacusworldwide.org