Burt & Davies views the protection of your privacy as an integral part of its commitment towards complete accountability and integrity in its representation of its clients and the provision of advice to prospective clients. This commitment is supported by the new laws dealing with personal information about you that is stored or received by Burt & Davies. Consequently we will:
- Only use personal information provided by you for the purposes for which it was collected and for any other authorised use.
- Not disclose your personal information to a third party and will take all necessary measures to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure.
- Ensure that your personal information is not disclosed to other institutes and authorities except if required or authorised by law.
By proceeding with an enquiry if you are a prospective client, or by continuing to instruct us in your matter if you are a client, you are taken by us to have provided your consent to us obtaining your information for the purposes of advising you and representing you and to disclose your information to third party service providers for the purposes of providing you with our services.
How we handle your personal and confidential information
Personal information is information that allows others to identify you. Confidential information is information provided by you as our client in the course of acting on your behalf in your legal matter that is not publicly available. Together, these are referred to as ‘information’ in this policy.
While we are required by law to protect your information, we also value your trust and aim to build a relationship with you to service your legal needs. The protection of your information is an important part of this relationship. We will keep your information confidential and will not disclose your information to a third party without your consent, or unless compelled by law.
You become a client when we offer you a retainer and you commence instructing us to act in your matter. As a client, we collect all information necessary to conduct your legal matter. We are required to keep client matter files for a period of 7 years from the closure of your file, unless you contact us to make an alternative arrangement. You will be provided with further information about this at the conclusion of your matter.
You can visit our website without providing us with any personal information. For statistical purposes we collect information on website activity (such as number of users who visit our website, the date and time of visits, the number of pages viewed, where you are accessing our site from). This information does not identify an individual but it provides us with statistics that can be used to analyse and improve our website.
Disclosure within Burt & Davies and to Third Parties
Your information may be accessed by employees of Burt & Davies when that becomes necessary to provide you with our services. All employees of Burt & Davies are bound by the privacy and confidentiality laws and standards.
We also disclose information to third parties when we outsource certain functions, for example, data storage, document production, information technology support, etc. We also seek expert help from external consultants from time to time to improve our services. We conduct due diligence on any third party provider to ensure that they take the protection of our client’s information as seriously as we do.
Compulsory disclosure by law
We may be compelled to disclose information by law, for example, under court orders or statutory notices to produce documents under laws relating to social security, taxation, bankruptcy, anti-money laundering, counterterrorism and the management of incorporated entities.
We aim to keep the information we hold accurate, complete and current. Please contact us if any of the details you have provided change or if you suspect there is an error in the information we hold.
We are committed to keeping your personal information secure. We take all reasonable precautions to protect the personal information we hold about you.
The information and other material on the Burt & Davies website is provided for your assistance and should not be relied on as legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The communication of information from this site does not and should not be taken by you to give rise to a Lawyer-Client relationship between you and us or any other party.
Whilst we will make every effort to keep the information and other material on our website up-to-date, there may be delays, errors or omissions as a result of the rapid changes which occur in many of the practice areas which are the subject matter of our website.
Information and material we have provided on our website may contain links to other sites. Burt & Davies makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy or any other aspect of the information or material on those sites.
Burt & Davies owns the copyright in information and material contained on this site unless expressly stated to the contrary. No information or material on our website can be reproduced, adapted, distributed, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without our prior written consent other than for the purposes set out in the Copyright Act 1986 (Commonwealth). Subject to the above, you may;
- Print copies of any material provided it is for non-commercial use;
- Store a copy of the material on a computer solely for viewing it; or
- Copy and distribute any one or more complete pages of material so long as it is attributed to Burt & Davies and a copy of this disclaimer appears in each copy made