Last updated January 2020
1. Purpose of this Policy
2. Who are we and what do we do
Сounsels Legal LP is a global law firm operating through a number of separately constituted and regulated legal entities which provide legal and other client services in accordance with the relevant laws of the jurisdictions in which they respectively operate. Сounsels Legal LP UK LLP and Сounsels Legal LP LLP (US) are the joint data controllers responsible for your personal information processed via the Site.
Please note that depending on which Сounsels Legal LP entity you contract with to provide Services.
3. How to contact us
- sending an email to: email@example.com; or
- calling us on: +7 495 123 45 04
4. What personal information do we collect
We may collect personal information from you in the course of our business, including through your use of our Site, when you contact or request information from us, when you engage our legal or other services or as a result of your relationship with one or more of our staff or clients.
Our primary goal in collecting personal information from you is to help us:
- verify your identity
- deliver our Services
- improve, develop and market new Services
- carry out requests made by you on the Site or in relation to our Services
- investigate or settle inquiries or disputes
- comply with any applicable law, court order, other judicial process, or the requirements of a regulator
- enforce our agreements with you
- protect the rights, property or safety of us or third parties, including our other clients and users of the Site or our Services
- with recruitment purposes, and
- use as otherwise required or permitted by law.
- If you are a visitor to the Site:
-Contact information including the company you work for, email address and social media account where appropriate.
-Demographic information such as your address, preferences and interests.
-Other information relevant to the provision of Services.
- If you are an individual client in receipt of our Services or prospective individual client:
-Contact information including the company you work for and email address, where provided.
-Information that you provide to us as part of us providing the Services to you, which depends on the nature of your instructions to Сounsels Legal LP.
-Relevant information as required by Know Your Client and/or
-Information you provide to us for the purposes of attending meetings and events, including dietary requirements which may reveal information about your health or religious beliefs.
-Other information relevant to provision of Services.
Сounsels Legal LP is primarily engaged by corporate entities and as such those instructors are not data subjects. However, as part of such instructions personal information may be provided to us (e.g. personal information relating to any of our corporate clients' or prospective clients' officers or personnel, any opponent or vendor or purchaser or personal information relating to their legal advisors or personnel, as relevant or similar).
If you are an individual whose personal information is processed by us as a result of providing the Services to others (including individual clients and corporate clients) we will process a variety of different personal information depending on the Services provided.
This may include personal information relating, without limitation, to any of our corporate clients' or prospective clients' officers or personnel, any opponent or vendor or purchaser personal information including personal information relating to their legal advisors, other advisors or personnel as relevant or similar.
For instance, if we are providing pensions advice to trustees, we may be provided with and then process (amongst other information) details of benefit entitlement, pensionable service, pensionable salary, contact information, date of birth and gender in respect of members of pension schemes.
We might also need to process personal information in relation to other third parties instructed either by our own clients or other persons or companies involved with us providing the Services to our client (for instance other law firms, experts etc.).
This is a
For clients and prospects, we also collect information to enable us to market our products and Services which may be of interest to you. For this purpose we collect:
- Name and contact details.
- Other business information such as job title and the company you work for.
- Areas or topics that interest you.
- Additional information may be collected such as events you attend and if you provide it to us, dietary preferences which may indicate data about your health or religious beliefs.
- Name and job title.
- Contact information including email address.
- Curriculum vitae, including your age and/or gender if you provide it to us, your education, employment history and similar matters and similar information that you may provide to us.
- Other information relevant to potential recruitment to Сounsels Legal LP.
We may use your information for the following purposes:
- Fulfilment of Services
What is our legal basis?
It is necessary for us to process your information to perform our obligations in accordance with any contract that we may have with you. It is in our legitimate interest or a third party’s legitimate interest to use your personal information in such a way to ensure that we provide the very best client service we can to you or others.
- Client services
What is our legal basis?
It is in our legitimate interest or a third party’s legitimate interest to use your personal information in such a way to ensure that we provide the very best client service we can to you or others.
- Business administration and legal compliance
-to comply with our legal obligations (including any Know Your Client or
-to enforce our legal rights;
-to protect the rights of third parties; and
-in connection with a business transaction such as a merger, or a restructuring, or sale.
-What is our legal basis?
Where we use your personal information in connection with a business transition, to enforce our legal rights, or to protect the rights of third parties it is in our or a third party’s legitimate interest to do so. For all other purposes described in this section, it is our legal obligation to use your personal information to comply with any legal obligations imposed upon us.
We use your personal information for the following recruitment purposes:
-To assess your suitability for any position for which you may apply at Сounsels Legal LP including partner level positions, associate positions, training contract or summer placements and also any business support or services role whether such application has been received by us online, via email or by hard copy or an
-To review Сounsels Legal LP’s equal opportunity profile in accordance with applicable legislation to ensure that Сounsels Legal LP does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis covered by local legislation. All employment related decisions are made entirely on merit.
-What is our legal basis?
Where we use your personal information in connection with recruitment it will be in connection with us taking steps at your request to enter a contract we may have with you or it is in our legitimate interest to use personal information in such a way to ensure that we can make the best recruitment decisions for Сounsels Legal LP. We will not process any special category data except where we are able to do so under applicable legislation or with your explicit consent.
We carry out the following marketing activities using your personal information:
We use information that we observe about you from your interactions with our Site, our email communications to you and/or with Services (see the Client Insight and Analysis section below for more details of the information collected and how it is collected) to send you marketing communications.
-What is our legal basis?
It is in our legitimate interest to use your personal information for marketing purposes.
We will only send you marketing communications where you have consented to receive such marketing communications, or where we have a lawful right to do so.
- Client insight and analysis
We analyse your contact details with other personal information that we observe about you from your interactions with our Site, our email communications to you and/or with our Services such as the Services you have viewed.
-an IP address to monitor Site traffic and volume;
-a session ID to track usage statistics on our Site;
-information regarding your personal or professional interests, demographics, experiences with our products and contact preferences.
Our web pages contain «cookies» «web beacons» or «pixel tags» («Tags»). Tags allow us to track receipt of an email to you, to count users that have visited a web page or opened an email and collect other types of aggregate information. Once you click on an email that contains a Tag, your contact information may subsequently be
In some of our email messages, we use a «
By using this information, we are able to measure the effectiveness of our content and how visitors use our Site and our Services. This allows us to learn what pages of our Site are most attractive to our visitors, which parts of our Site are the most interesting and what kind of offers our registered users like to see.
We also use this information for marketing purposes (see the marketing section above for further details).
What is our legal basis?
Where your personal information is not in an anonymous form, it is in our legitimate interest to use your personal information in such a way to ensure that we provide the very best products and services to you and our other clients.
Any other purposes for which we wish to use your personal information that are not listed above, or any other changes we propose to make to the existing purposes will be notified to you using your contact details, where available.
6. What is our legal basis to use or process your personal information
It is necessary for us to use your personal information;
- To perform our obligations in accordance with any contract that we may have with you.
- It is in our legitimate interest or a third party’s legitimate interest to use personal information in such a way to ensure that we provide the Services in the best way that we can.
- It is our legal obligation to use your personal information to comply with any legal obligations imposed upon us.
7. Who do we share your personal information with
Сounsels Legal LP is a global law firm and any information that we collect or that you provide to us may be shared and processed by any Сounsels Legal LP entity. You can find out more about the Сounsels Legal LP entities and locations here.
We may also share personal information with a variety of the following categories of third parties as necessary:
- Our professional advisers such as lawyers and accountants.
- Government or regulatory authorities.
- Professional indemnity or other relevant insurers.
- Regulators/tax authorities/corporate registries.
- Third parties to whom we outsource certain services such as, without limitation, document processing and translation services, confidential waste disposal, IT systems or software providers, IT Support service providers, document and information storage providers.
- Third parties engaged in the course of the services we provide to clients such as counsel, arbitrators, mediators, clerks, witnesses, cost draftsmen, court, opposing party and their lawyers, document review platforms and experts such as tax advisors or valuers.
- Third party service providers to assist us with client insight analytics, such as Google Analytics.
- Third party postal or courier providers who assist us in delivering our postal marketing campaigns to you, or delivering documents related to a matter.
- Please note this list is
non-exhaustiveand there may be other examples where we need to share with other parties in order to provide the Services as effectively as we can.
Our Site use certain Tags, log files and other technologies of which you should be aware.
9. Third party contractors and other controllers
As mentioned above, we may appoint
Further, we may appoint external data controllers where necessary to deliver the Services (for example, but without limitation, accountants, barristers or other third party experts including but without limitation Сounsels Legal LP LLP (US) and other Сounsels Legal LP firms or entities). When doing so we will comply with our legal and regulatory obligations in relation to the personal information, including but without limitation, putting appropriate safeguards in place.
What is our legal basis?
It is necessary for us to perform our obligations in accordance with any contract that we may have with you.
It is in our legitimate interest or a third party’s legitimate interest to use personal information in such a way to ensure that we provide the Services in the best way that we can.
10. Where do we transfer your data to
In order to provide the Services we may need to transfer your personal information to locations outside the jurisdiction in which you provide it.
If you are based within the European Economic Area (EEA), please note that where necessary to deliver the Services we will transfer personal information to countries outside the EEA (including to Сounsels Legal LP LLP (US) and other Сounsels Legal LP entities).
All the Сounsels Legal LP entities have signed a data sharing agreement which is based on the EU standard contractual clauses to ensure we will comply with our legal and regulatory obligations in relation to personal information, including having a lawful basis for transferring personal information and putting appropriate safeguards in place to ensure an adequate level of protection for the personal information.
11. How long do we keep your personal information for
For visitors to the Site, we will retain relevant personal information for at least three years from the date of our last interaction with you and in compliance with our obligations under the EU General Data Protection Regulation or similar legislation around the world, or for longer if we are required to do so according to our regulatory obligations or professional indemnity obligations.
For Service provision to any client, we will retain relevant personal information for at least six years from the date of our last interaction with that client and in compliance with our obligations under the EU General Data Protection Regulation or similar legislation around the world, or for longer as we are required to do so according to our regulatory obligations or professional indemnity obligations. We may then destroy such files without further notice or liability.
If personal information is only useful for a short period e.g. for specific marketing campaigns we may delete it.
12. Confidentiality and the security of your personal information
We are committed to keeping the personal information provided to us secure and we have implemented appropriate information security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal information that we have under our control from unauthorised access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorised modification and unlawful destruction or accidental loss.
All of our partners, employees, consultants, workers and data processors (i.e. those who process your personal information on our behalf, for the purposes listed above), who have access to, and are associated with the processing of personal information, are obliged to respect the confidentiality of such personal information.
13. How to access your information and your other rights
You have the following rights in relation to the personal information we hold about you:
- Your right of access
If you ask us, we’ll confirm whether we’re processing your personal information and, if necessary, provide you with a copy of that personal information (along with certain other details). If you require additional copies, we may need to charge a reasonable fee.
- Your right to rectification
If the personal information we hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete, you are entitled to request to have it rectified. If you are entitled to rectification and if we’ve shared your personal information with others, we’ll let them know about the rectification where possible. If you ask us, where possible and lawful to do so, we’ll also tell you who we’ve shared your personal information with so that you can contact them directly.
- Your right to erasure
You can ask us to delete or remove your personal information in some circumstances such as where we no longer need it or if you withdraw your consent (where applicable). If you are entitled to erasure and if we’ve shared your personal information with others, we’ll let them know about the erasure where possible. If you ask us, where it is possible and lawful for us to do so, we’ll also tell you who we’ve shared your personal information with so that you can contact them directly.
- Your right to restrict processing
You can ask us to 'block' or suppress the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances, such as where you contest the accuracy of that personal information or you object to us. If you are entitled to restriction and if we’ve shared your personal information with others, we’ll let them know about the restriction where it is possible for us to do so. If you ask us, where it is possible and lawful for us to do so, we’ll also tell you who we’ve shared your personal information with so that you can contact them directly.
- Your right to data portability
You have the right, in certain circumstances, to obtain personal information you’ve provided us with (in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format) and to reuse it elsewhere or to ask us to transfer this to a third party of your choice.
- Your right to object
You can ask us to stop processing your personal information, and we will do so, if we are:
relying on our own or someone else’s legitimate interests to process your personal information, except if we can demonstrate compelling legal grounds for the processing; or
processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
- Your right to withdraw consent
If we rely on your consent (or explicit consent) as our legal basis for processing your personal information, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time.
- Your right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority
If you have a concern about any aspect of our privacy practices, including the way we’ve handled your personal information, you can report it to the relevant Supervisory Authority.
Please note that some of these rights may be limited where we have an overriding interest or legal obligation to continue to process the data or where data may be exempt from disclosure due to reasons of legal professional privilege or professional secrecy obligations.
14. Collection of information by
The Site contains links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. Visitors should consult the other sites' privacy notices as Сounsels Legal LP has no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties