At Slate Legal, we are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.  We set out below an explanation of how we use information about visitors to this website.

Collection of information

During your normal use of our website, we may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and internal analysis as to how parts of our website are used. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns.  Such use does not result in any personally identifiable data being collected or stored and does not identify any individual.

You also have the option on certain pages within this website to submit personal information to us by email and through enquiry forms.  For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller is Slate Legal.  In relation to all your personal data that we hold, we will observe our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Data Protection Principles.

Storing your information

We store the information you provide about yourself in a secure database in order to provide you with the information and/or services you request.  The information may be stored for the lifetime of the database unless you request that it be removed.

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 website; 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.  

How we use your information

When you contact us through the enquiry forms on our website, we need to know your name, email address and telephone number.  If you are an employer, we need to know the name of your organisation; if you are an employee, we need to know the name of your employer.  We also need to know brief details of your enquiry/potential claim.

We will acquire, store, process, use and disclose personal data about you:

  • if collected through the enquiry forms on our website, for the purpose of contacting you with a view to providing legal services. However, please note that no solicitor-client relationship is formed purely as a result of your communication to us via these forms. A solicitor-client relationship is only formed when we have sent you, and you have accepted our letter of engagement and terms of business;
  • if collected through the enquiry forms on our website or where you have otherwise registered for our events or newsletters, for the purpose of sending you information about legal developments, the firm's services and events which may be of interest to you.

We occasionally run events and promotional activities jointly with other trusted professional parties. While we do not share our contact database with them, nor with other guests to our events, if you accept an invitation, your name may be included in an attendee list which may be shared with our co-hosts and with other guests.

We may be forced to disclose information by the government or other law enforcement agencies or in connection with the investigation of unlawful activities. Third parties may also unlawfully intercept or access transmission or private communications. These therefore are exceptions to our policy of maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information.

If our business is sold, transferred or merged with another business, your details may be disclosed to our advisers and any prospective purchasers and their advisers and will be passed on to the new owners of the business.

Except as explained above, we will not disclose your personal data to any third parties for any other purpose.  We undertake to keep information about you confidential and in a way which does not enable you to be identified from the information displayed on our website.

How you can access or correct your information

By submitting your personal information through this website, you consent to the use of that information as set out in this policy.  If you provide us with sensitive information (such as details about your religious beliefs or your physical/mental health), for example as part of an enquiry as to whether you have grounds to bring a claim of religion or belief/disability discrimination or for any other purpose, you expressly consent to our using that information for the purpose given.

Owing to the global nature of the internet infrastructure, the information you provide may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area that do not have similar protection in place regarding your personal data and its use as set out in this policy.  By submitting your information you consent to these transfers.

If you notify us by e-mail at info@slatelegal.co.uk or by other written communication that any of the information which we hold about you is incorrect or misleading, we will take prompt action to correct or amend the information.  To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before updating or removing your information.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have the right to access personal information held by us about you.  Any access request will be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

Cookies

In order to improve the quality of our website and services, we may from time to time send your computer what is known as a "cookie".  Cookies are text files that identify your computer to our server. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used.  We use two types of cookies on our website, further details of which are set out below:

  • Session Cookies

We use "session cookies" on this website which are necessary for its functionality. They store an abstract unique ID for each session and remain in the cookie file in your browser during the session but are erased when you close your browser.

  • Analytics Cookies

We use analytics cookies to collect information on how visitors interact with our website and to enable us to maintain and develop it.  It provides us with anonymous information about how visitors use our website, including the number of visitors to the website and the length of time they have spent on the website.  It does not identify individual users.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) may be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google uses this information to compile reports on website activity and internet usage. Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Your consent

By using our website, you consent to our use of cookies as described above, including the processing of data about you by Google for the purpose as set out above.  

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these, of course, means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.  For more detailed information about cookies and how they can be managed and deleted, please visit: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites.  These links are provided for your information only. You should carefully review the privacy policies and practices of other websites to which this website may be linked, as we cannot control or be responsible for their privacy practices.  Please note that the websites to which this website may be linked may also make use of their own cookies.  We have no control over the contents of other websites, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. 

If you require any further information about any of the matters listed on this privacy, cookies and data protection page please email us at info@slatelegal.co.uk.