Privacy Policy

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Privacy policy

Gerard McDermott QC Ltd (“we/us/our”) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy (together with our terms and conditions of use and any other documents referred to) 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 Gerard McDermott QC Ltd, 7 Stamford Street, Stalybridge SK15 1JP.


This Privacy Policy sets out the data processing practices carried out by us, including through the use of the internet and any websites operated by us. If you have any requests concerning your personal information or any queries with regard to our personal data processing practices please contact our Data Protection Officer at [email protected]



Meeting your needs


We can provide our literature in different formats including email, by postal letter or by fax. If you would like this information in a different format, please contact us on 0161 304 4308 or email [email protected]



Information collected


We collect personal information from visitors to our Site through the use of online forms, including, but not limited to, information about you, which you provide to us through the input areas within our site such as the case enquiries or call back request forms.


We also collect information about you every time you email us with your details, and we collect additional information automatically about your visits to our Site.


The information we collect may include: name, postal and email address, telephone numbers (work, home and mobile), and diversity monitoring information which we collect for the purposes of discharging our statutory obligations.


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 directly.


We may also use and disclose other information in aggregate for research, marketing and strategic development purposes.


We may also ask you to complete surveys used for research purposes, which you are not obliged to complete but which will be completely confidential and analysed anonymously.


Your personal information will be used solely by us. Under no circumstances will your personal information be sold or used by any other organisation.


From time to time, we may include links in our e-mails to other web sites which we think may be of interest to you. Each email communication you receive from us will have the option to remove your e-mail address from our list.


Data from research will also be destroyed once it has been analysed and written up in a report.

If you contact us in any other way (for example by post, email, telephone, fax) we may keep a record of that contact.


We may have cause to contact you by letter, telephone, email or otherwise in relation to the purposes specified in this Privacy Policy. It is, therefore, of fundamental importance that you ensure that you keep us informed as to any change in your details to [email protected].



By providing personal data to us, unless you have otherwise indicated, users consent to the processing of such data as described in this policy. Further, you agree that unless otherwise stated we shall have unrestricted right to use and store on its internal systems, any such information provided by you.

Under relevant data protection legislation you are entitled to obtain from us a printout of the data held concerning you and have any inaccuracies in this data rectified.

Where consent has been granted by the user, we may send information on other services, events, training or other such information it feels may be of interest to you. If at any time users want us to stop sending such communications they should write to us using the address at the bottom of this page.


Use of personal information


We will use personal information, as provided by you or appropriately obtained from third parties (including persons duly authorised by you to provide such information on your behalf), for the purposes listed below:

  • to inform you about developments within, or pertaining to, the profession in discharging our regulatory or statutory obligations
  • to provide guidance and advice in relation to both statutory or regulatory matters
  • for the investigation of complaints
  • to create and keep updated our database of clients and non-clients
  • to enable persons with delegated responsibility for your chambers/employer to complete authorisation to practise forms and procedures on your behalf
  • for bank account information we may need in order to process transactional work relating to the matter on which we act for you
  • for the administration and provision of any education and training services and events
  • for the administration of other events such as legal clinics
  • for public relations and marketing purposes including market research
  • to keep you up to date with our services and any offer or promotions we may market from time to time
  • to change mailing preferences
  • to update personal data, including diversity monitoring data for the purposes of satisfying our statutory duties and meeting our regulatory obligations, and
  • in any other respect that we may reasonably require in order to meet our instructions and functions and to provide a specific service which may be requested.



Applying to work for us – Sensitive personal information

We are committed to ensuring that access to work for us should be equally open to all, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, disability, age, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief and/or socio-economic background. In order to achieve this, as well as to fulfil our statutory equality obligations, we need to monitor the data trends of those working for us so that we can gain a better understanding of how people from a range of backgrounds progress in their careers. We therefore strongly encourage you to submit this information.


We may ask you to submit sensitive personal information, e.g. your ethnic origin or disability information. This information is requested to enable us to meet requirements under the Equality Act 2010. By submitting such sensitive personal information to us, you explicitly consent to the collection and processing of your sensitive personal information in accordance with this Privacy policy. By submitting such sensitive personal information to us, you agree to us processing such information for the purposes described.


Use of sensitive personal information


Your sensitive personal information will:

  • only be used for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring and other legal requirements
  • be kept confidential
  • be destroyed as soon as it is no longer needed and no longer than 2 years from when it is received
  • not be released in a form that may result in identification of individuals. Anonymised analyses may be published on our website.


If we alter these stipulated purposes we will notify you and will destroy your sensitive personal information if you request us to do so in the light of that. If you require further information as to why we gather diversity data from you, please contact us on 0161 304 4308 or by email [email protected] .

Storage and security of personal data


We will take all necessary reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy policy. All our employees are personally responsible for maintaining personal information confidentiality. We provide education and training to all our staff to remind them about their obligations. Our policies and procedures are audited and reviewed. All information that you provide to us is stored securely. 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.

Data Protection accountability


Gerard McDermott Ltd’s website complies with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. Any personal data collected by us is used in accordance with data protection legislation. Our registration number is ZA129171.


Use of cookies


We may use cookies on our Site. A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser. This small piece of information will be revealed to us when you visit our Site.


We use cookies to identify you when you visit our Site and monitor your use of our Site, including in order to determine the time of submission of your application. Other than as stated in this Privacy Policy we do not use cookies to collect other additional information about you.

In the meantime, you should be aware that most browsers allow you to turn off cookies or to receive a warning before a cookie is stored on your hard drive. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about how to do this. However, please note that should you decide to disable any cookies we place on your computer you may not be able to use certain services or facilities on our Site.


Like most other websites, Gerard McDermott QC Ltd use an analytics tool to help us understand how visitors engage with our website. We are able to view a variety of reports that demonstrate how users are interacting with the content on our site which we can ultimately use to improve the content and information we provide online.


Our analytics tool of choice is Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as the time that the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the webpage. Further information regarding Google Analytics use of cookies can be found at their Privacy Centre.

Disclosures and sharing information


We will follow the appropriate legal requirements to ensure that no third parties see your personal information except as set out in this Privacy Policy.

Certain Acts of Parliament oblige us to disclose information about our members to certain bodies with statutory powers. For example, we may be required to provide information to the Legal Services Ombudsman. In these circumstances we always ensure that the information is safe and secure, and that the contracted parties abide by the provisions of applicable data protection laws.

Access to your information


The Data Protection Act 1998 affords you the right of access to the personal information we hold about you and further permits us to charge you a fee of £10 for providing this service. If you wish to exercise this right you should submit a subject access request, together with the fee, to the Bar Council’s Data Protection Officer at the address provided above. If it transpires that any information we hold is inaccurate or incorrect you should inform us immediately so that it can be amended.


Internet-based transfers


Given that the internet is a global environment, using the internet to collect and process personal data necessarily involves the transmission of data on an international basis. Therefore, by browsing our Site and communicating electronically with us, you acknowledge and consent to our processing of personal data in this way. We will endeavour at all times to protect all personal information collected through our Site in accordance with applicable data protection laws.


Telephone calls


We may record telephone conversations to offer you additional security, resolve complaints and improve our service standards. Conversations may also be monitored for quality and staff training purposes.


Other websites


Our Site may contain links to other websites which are outside our control and are not covered by this Privacy Policy. If you access other websites using the links provided, the operators of these websites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their own privacy policies, which may differ from ours. Therefore, if you use these links to leave our Site and visit websites operated by third parties, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that you provide whilst visiting those websites. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Social Media Platform


Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively. Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Shortened Links in Social Media


This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy urls [web addresses] (this is an example: ).

Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened urls published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine urls are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.


Changes to this Privacy policy


We aim to update our Site regularly, and may change the content at any time. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our Site, or close it indefinitely. Any of the material on our Site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.




This policy will be kept under review and if amended notification will be made on our website.


Contact us

If you have any questions in relation to this policy please e-mail:

[email protected]

Gerard McDermott QC Ltd

7 Stamford Street


SK15 1JP


Dated: July 2015

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