We are criminal law solicitors based on the West Road in Newvastle upon Tyne
If you are dissatisfied about the service that you receive you are entitled to complain. Our overriding objective is to address your dissatisfaction; our Complaint Handling Partner is Kashif Khan.
You can contact him by writing to him at Bandi Sirrah House, 165 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6PQ or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0191 273 5733.
What happens next?
- We will write to you acknowledging your complaint within 3 days of receiving it. We will send you a copy of our Complaint Handling Procedure.
- We will investigate your complaint. This will normally involve Kashif Khan reviewing your file and speaking to the fee earner who acted for you.
- We will record your complaint in our Central Register and open a file for your complaint. We will do this within 2 working days of receiving your complaint.
- Kashif Khan will invite you to a meeting to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint. He will do this within 14 days of sending you the acknowledgment letter.
- Within 3 days of meeting Kashif Khan, he will write to you to confirm what took place and to outline any solutions he has agreed with you.
- If you do not want a meeting or a meeting is not possible, Kashif Khan will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including his suggestions for resolving the complaint. This will happen within 21 days of sending you the acknowledgment letter.
- At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you can contact us again. We will arrange for another Partner to review the steps taken by Kashif Khan in dealing with your complaint.
- We will write to you within 14 days of receiving your request for a review confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.
If you are still not satisfied you can contact the Legal Ombudsman. You will need to visit the website www.legalombudsman.org.uk and complete a complaint form which is available in Word or pdf. You can send the completed form by email to email@example.com or by post to PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
Alternatively for further information you can contact the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333.
- The Legal Ombudsman will usually expect you to have tried to resolve your complaint using our own Complaint Handling Procedure and if you complain direct to the Legal Ombudsman you may find that you are referred back to us to use our procedure.
- Ordinarily a complainant must refer to the Legal Ombudsman within 6 months of the date of our final written response.
- Ordinarily a complainant must refer a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within one year from the act or omission complained of or within one year from when the complainant should reasonably have known thee was cause for complaint (without taking advice from a third party) whichever is later.
- If there are exceptional circumstances the Legal Ombudsman may extend any of these time limits.
Solicitors Regulation Authority
If you think a solicitor might be dishonest or you have concerns about their ethics or integrity, you also have the right to notify our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). There are no time limits for making a report but there are limits on what the SRA will consider. Please note that the SRA is not able to deal with issues of poor service (complaints of this nature should instead be referred to the Legal Ombudsman). For further information about the SRA’s role, please contact the SRA or visit their website.
If you require Client Care Policies please contact Practice Support Manager Atia Khan.
Please read this privacy notice carefully as it contains important information on who we are and how and why we collect, store, use and share your personal data. It also explains your rights in relation to your personal data and how to contact us or supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint.
When we use your personal data we are regulated under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom) and we are responsible as ‘controller’ of that personal data for the purposes of the GDPR. Our use of your personal data is subject to your instructions, the GDPR, other relevant UK and EU legislation and our professional duty of confidentiality.
Please familiarise yourself with the following key terms:
We, us, our, K K & Co Solicitors
K K & Co Solicitors, Bandhi Sirrah House, 165 West Road, Newcastle NE15 6PQ
Our data protection officer
Any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual
Special category personal data
Personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs or trade union membership, genetic and biometric data, data concerning health, sexual orientation, or details of criminal offences
Personal data we collect about you
The table below sets out the personal data we will or may collect in the course of advising and/or acting for you.
Personal data we will collect
Personal data we may collect depending on why you have instructed or contacted us
Your name, address and telephone number
Information to enable us to check and verify your identity and to comply with our anti–money laundering obligations e.g. your date of birth or passport details
Electronic contact details e.g. your email address and mobile phone number
Information relating to the matter in which you are seeking our advice or representation
Information to enable us to undertake a credit or other financial checks on you
Your financial details so far as relevant to your instructions e.g. the source of your funds if you are instructing on a purchase transaction or to enable us to comply with our anti-money laundering and other obligations
Your National Insurance and tax details
Your bank and/or building society details
Details of your spouse/partner, dependants or other family members, and beneficiaries or trustees e.g. if you instruct us on a family matter or a Will or other matters requiring these details
Your employment status and details including salary and benefits e.g. if you instruct us on matter in which your employment status or income is relevant
Your nationality and immigration status and information from related documents, such as your passport or other identification, and immigration information e.g. if this information is required as part of our anti-money laundering checks
Details of your pension arrangements e.g. if you instruct us in relation to financial arrangements following breakdown of a relationship, Wills/administration of Estates and other matters where such information is relevant
Your employment records including, where relevant, records relating to sickness and attendance, performance, disciplinary, conduct and grievances (including relevant special category personal data) e.g. if you instruct us on matter related to your employment or in which your employment records are relevant or if we are acting for you in a clinical negligence or personal injury claim to calculate loss
Your trade union membership e.g. if we are acting for you in a clinical negligence or personal injury claim and we need to determine what funding is required
Your medical records e.g. if we are acting for you in a clinical negligence or personal injury claim or in certain circumstances where our family team are acting for you or if we need to establish whether a client has capacity
Your criminal records e.g. if our crime team are acting for you or if it is otherwise relevant to your instructions
Information about your use of our IT, communication and other systems, and other monitoring information e.g. if using our secure online client portal, or when you visit our website
Details of your professional online presence e.g. LinkedIn profile
Information relating to details of your visits to our premises including CCTV footage
How your personal data is collected
We will collect most of the above information from you. The circumstances in which we may collect personal data about you include:
- when you or your organisation seek legal advice from us or use any of our online client services;
- when you correspond with us by phone, email or other electronic means, or in writing, or when you provide other information directly to us;
- when you or your organisation browse, complete a form or make an enquiry or otherwise interact on our website or other online platforms;
- when you or your organisation offer to provide, or provides, services to us; and
- when you attend our seminars or other events or sign up to receive personal data from us, including training.
We may also collect information:
- from publicly accessible sources e.g. Companies House or HM Land Registry;
- directly from a third party e.g.:
– sanctions screening providers; and
– credit reference agencies;
- from a third party e.g.:
– your bank or building society, another financial institution or advisor;
– consultants and other professionals we may engage in relation to your matter;
– your employer and/or trade union, professional body or pension administrators; and
– your doctors, medical and occupational health professionals;
- via our information technology (“IT”) systems e.g.:
– case management, document management and time recording systems; or
– automated monitoring of our websites and other technical systems, such as our computer networks and connections, communications and email systems.
Information about other people
Should you provide information to us about any person other than yourself, such as your employees, your suppliers, or your counterparties you must ensure that such third parties have been informed and understand how their personal data will be used and that they have given their permission for you to disclose it to us and for you to allow us, and our outsourced service providers, to use it.
How and why we use your personal data
We may use your personal data only for the following purposes:
- to register you as a client of K K & Co Solicitors and provide legal services to you;
- to administer our relationship with you, including processing payments, accounting, auditing, billing and taking other steps linked to the performance of our business relationship;
- to carry out background checks, where permitted;
- compliance with our legal obligations, including maintaining records, compliance checks or screening and recording (e.g. anti-money laundering, financial and credit checks, fraud and crime prevention and detection, which may include automated checks of personal data you provide about your identity against relevant databases);
- gathering and providing information required by or relating to audits, enquiries or investigations by regulatory bodies including external audits and quality checks for Lexcel or ISO and the audit of our accounts;
- to analyse and improve our services and communications and to ensure business policies are adhered to e.g. policies covering security and internet use;
- to manage access to our premises and for security purposes;
- to protect the security of our communications and other systems and to prevent and detect security threats, frauds or other criminal or malicious activities;
- for credit reference checks via external credit reference agencies;
- for insurance purposes;
- to exercise or defend our legal rights, or to comply with court orders;
- for any other purposes related and/or ancillary to any of the above or any other purposes for which your personal data was provided to us;
- for statistical analysis to help us manage our practice e.g. in relation to our financial performance, client base, work type or other efficiency measures;
- to communicate with you to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments, announcements, and other information about our, events and initiatives;
- to send you details of client surveys and marketing campaigns; and
- to collect information about your marketing preferences to personalise and improve the quality of our communications with you.
Under data protection law, we can only use your personal data if we have a reason for doing so. We may process your personal data in connection with any of the purposes set out above on one or more of the following legal grounds:
- for the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract;
- to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations;
- because our legitimate interests, or those of a third party recipient of your personal data, make the processing necessary, provided that those interests are not overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms;
- where you have given consent; or
- in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights or for the purpose of legal proceedings.
Please note a legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information, so long as this is not overridden by your own rights and interests.
Failure to provide information
Where we are required by law to collect personal data or in order to perform a contract we have with you or process your instructions and you fail to provide such information when requested, we may be unable to process your instructions or perform the contract we have with you. If so, it may be necessary for us to cancel the contract you have with us. We will, however, notify you of this at the relevant time.
We may use your personal data to send you updates (by email, telephone or post) about legal developments that might be of interest to you and/or information about our services, including seminars or new services or products.
We have a legitimate interest in processing your personal data for promotional purposes (see above ‘How and why we use your personal data’). This means we do not usually need your consent to send you promotional communications. However, where consent is needed, we will ask for this consent separately and clearly.
We will always treat your personal data with the utmost respect.
You have the right to opt out of receiving promotional communications at any time or to update your marketing preferences by:
- contacting us by e-mailing Kashif Khan or
- using the ‘unsubscribe’ link in emails.
We may ask you to confirm or update your marketing preferences if you instruct us to provide further services in the future, or if there are changes in the law, regulation, or the structure of our business.
Who we share your personal data with
We routinely share personal data with:
- professional advisers whom we instruct on your behalf or to whom we refer you or from whom you have been referred to us e.g. counsel, medical professionals, accountants, tax advisors, agents or other experts;
- local and national law enforcement officials and the Court;
- other third parties where necessary to carry out your instructions, e.g. your mortgage provider or HM Land Registry in the case of a property transaction or Companies House;
- the Office of the Public Guardian;
- the Inland Revenue Service;
- credit reference agencies and with companies providing services for money laundering and terrorist financing checks and other fraud and crime prevention purposes;
- our insurers and brokers;
- external auditors and regulatory bodies, e.g. in relation to our ISO, Lexcel or Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditations;
- our auditors;
- our bank; and
- external service suppliers, representatives and agents that we use to make our business more efficient including providers of IT services, PR agencies, offsite storage of computer data, maintenance of office machines, telephone and call recording services, photocopying, storage of completed files and shredding of confidential documents.
We only allow our service providers to handle your personal data if we are satisfied they take appropriate measures to protect your personal data. We also impose contractual obligations on service providers to ensure they can only use your personal data to provide services to us and to you.
We may disclose and exchange information with law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.
Where your personal data is held
Information may be held at our offices, with third party agencies or with service providers as described above (see ‘Who we share your personal data with’).
Some of these third parties may be based outside the European Economic Area. For more information, including on how we safeguard your personal data when this occurs, see below: ‘Transferring your personal data out of the EEA’.
How long your personal data will be kept
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for. We will keep your personal data after we have finished advising or acting for you. We will do so for one of these reasons:
- to respond to any questions, complaints or claims made by you or on your behalf;
- to show that we treated you fairly; and/or
- for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
If you want to learn more about our specific retention periods for your personal data established in our retention policy you may contact Graeme Tufnell.
When it is no longer necessary to retain your personal data, we will delete or anonymise it.
Transferring your personal data out of the EEA
To deliver services to you, it is sometimes necessary for us to share your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) e.g.:
- with service providers or advisers located outside the EEA;
- if you are based outside the EEA; or
- where there is an international dimension to the matter in which we are advising you.
These transfers are subject to special rules under European and UK data protection law.
Generally, these non-EEA countries do not have the same data protection laws as the United Kingdom and the EEA. We will, however, ensure the transfer complies with data protection law and all personal data will be secure. We only transfer personal information to these countries when it is necessary for the services we provide you, or it is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or subject to safeguards that assure the protection of your personal information, such as European Commission approved standard contractual clauses or if the recipient is part of the “Privacy Shield” which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between the Europe and the US.
If you would like further information please contact our Data Protection Officer (see ‘How to contact us’ below).
You have the following rights, which you can exercise free of charge in most cases:
The right to be provided with a copy of your personal data
The right to require us to correct any mistakes in your personal data
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The right to require us to delete your personal data—in certain situations
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The right to require us to restrict processing of your personal data—in certain circumstances e.g. if you contest the accuracy of the data
The right to receive the personal data you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or transmit that data to a third party
The right to object:
— at any time to your personal data being processed for direct marketing;
— in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal data e.g. processing carried out for the purpose of our legitimate interests.
If you would like to exercise any of those rights, please:
- email, call or write to our Data Protection Officer—see below: ‘How to contact us’; and
- let us have enough information to identify you (e.g. your full name, address and client or matter reference number);
- let us have proof of your identity and address (a copy of your driving licence or passport and a recent utility or credit card bill); and
- let us know what right you want to exercise and the information to which your request relates.
Right to withdraw consent
If you have provided your consent to the processing of your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent. If you wish to do so, please contact us or “unsubscribe” to any marketing e-mail we send to you, where relevant.
Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose(s) to which you originally consented unless there are compelling legitimate grounds for further processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims. Withdrawal of consent to receive marketing communications will not affect the processing of personal data for the provision of our legal services.
Keeping your personal data secure
We have appropriate security measures to prevent personal data from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed unlawfully. We limit access to your personal data to those who have a genuine business need to access it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.
Updating your personal information
We are committed to maintaining the accuracy of the personal data we process. If any of the personal data that you have provided to us changes or if you become aware that we are processing inaccurate personal data about you, please get in touch. We will not be responsible for any losses arising from any inaccurate or incomplete personal data provided to us by you.
How to complain
We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you may raise about our use of your information.
The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at https://ico.org.uk/concerns or telephone: 0303 123 1113.
Changes to this privacy notice
This privacy notice was published on 1st December 2018.
We may change this privacy notice from time to time.
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How to contact us
Please contact our Data Protection Officer by post or email if you have any questions about this privacy notice or the information we hold about you.
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