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SOLICITORS AND ESTATE AGENTS

Privacy policy

This website is operated by Allan McDougall McQueen LLP, of which  McDougall McQueen Solicitors is a trading name. We, McDougall McQueen Solicitors, take your privacy seriously and we ask that you read this policy carefully, as it contains important information on:

  • the personal information we collect about you;
  • what we do with your personal information; and
  • who your personal information might be shared with.

We are the controller of the personal information that we collect from you on our website, which means that we are legally responsible for how we collect, hold and use your personal information. It also means that we are required to comply with data protection laws when collecting, holding and using your personal information.

If you have any questions about this statement or how we hold or use your personal information, please contact us at info@mcdougallqueen.co.uk.

Your attention is particularly drawn to section 2 of this policy, which confirms that you consent to your personal information and sensitive personal information being held and used by us as described in section 1 of this policy.

1. What personal information do we collect about you and why?

Our website is a place for you to find out more about us, the legal and estate agency services that we offer, available career opportunities and read news updates relating to our areas of practice.

When you visit our website and contact us, we collect personal information about you, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, the nature of your enquiry and any other personal information that you provide.

We use such personal information to:

  • communicate with you, including in response to any of your enquiries;
  • provide you with the legal and estate agency services that you request from us;
  • improve our services and respond to changing needs;
  • comply with accounting, taxation and record keeping requirements;
  • comply with the Law Society of Scotland’s rules and requirements that apply to us as a firm of solicitors in Scotland;
  • consider your feedback and handle and resolve complaints made by you;
  • keep the personal information that we hold about you accurate and up-to-date (if you provide any new personal information to us via the website); and
  • notify you of any changes to our website or to our services that may affect you.

We may not be able to provide the above services to you if you do not provide us with sufficient personal information to allow us to do so.

We will use your e-mail address to send you our regular e-newsletter if you choose to receive it by completing the form available on our website. You can choose to unsubscribe from our e-newsletter at any time by clicking on the “click here to unsubscribe link” provided in all e-newsletters or by contacting us at info@mcdougallqueen.co.uk.

We may also collect information about you via cookie files. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on to your computer or other access device when you visit our website. We use cookie files to:

  • obtain information about your preferences and use of the internet;
  • carry out research and statistical analysis to help improve our content and services and to help us better understand our visitor requirements and interests; and
  • make your online experience more efficient and enjoyable.

The information we obtain from our use of cookies will not usually contain your personal information. Although we may obtain information about your computer or other access device, such as your IP address, your browser and / or other internet log information, this will not usually identify you personally.

The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why:

Name of cookie Owner Purpose of the cookie
Google Analytics Google Inc. This is a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., which uses cookies to show us how you found and explored our website, and how we can enhance your experience. It provides us with information about how you used our website e.g. how long you stayed on the website, the average number of pages viewed and also tells us how many visitors we have had.

If you do not want to accept cookies, you can change your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of this website.

2. What is our legal basis for holding and using your personal information?

Data protection laws require us to have a legal reason for collecting, holding and using your personal information.

In some circumstances, we may rely on your consent as the legal reason. By providing us with your personal information and sensitive personal information (relating to your health, racial or ethnic origin, religious or other beliefs or sexual orientation) and the personal information and sensitive personal information of other individuals via our website, you:

• consent to it being used by us as described in section 1 of this policy; and
• confirm that you have informed the other individuals of 12 years old and above of the content of this policy and they have provided their consent to their personal information and sensitive personal information being used by us as described in section 1 of this policy.

You and the other individuals have the right to withdraw your consent to us holding and using your and their personal information and sensitive personal information by contacting us. Once you / they have withdrawn your / their consent, we will no longer use your / their personal information and sensitive personal information for the purpose(s) set out in section 1 of this policy, which you originally agreed to, unless we have another legal reason for doing so.

Our other legal reasons for holding and using your personal information are:

  • performance and delivery of any legal and estate agency services that you request from us;
  • compliance with the legal and regulatory obligations which apply to us as a firm of solicitors in Scotland; and
  • our legitimate interests – while you have a legitimate interest in the protection of your personal information, we may also have an overriding legitimate interest in handling and using your personal information.

3. Who do we share your personal information with?

We may share your personal information with the following organisations for the purposes described in section 1 of this policy:

  • our service providers to maintain our website and the systems on which your personal information is stored;
  • our auditors and accountants; and
  • third parties who undertake mailings on our behalf.

4. How long do we keep your personal information?

We will only keep your personal information for as long as we need to for the purposes described in section 1 of this policy, including to meet any legal, accounting, reporting or regulatory requirements that apply to us as a firm of solicitors in Scotland.

5. How do we keep your personal information secure?

The security of your personal information is of paramount importance to us and we use technical and organisational measures to safeguard your personal information.

However, while we will use reasonable efforts to safeguard your personal information, the use of the Internet is not entirely secure and, for this reason, we cannot guarantee the security of any personal information that is transferred by or to you via the Internet. If you have any concerns about the security of your personal information, please contact us at info@mcdougallqueen.co.uk.

6. Do we send your personal information outside the EU?

We may need to transfer your personal information collected on our website to our service providers based in countries outside the EU. These countries may not have the same standard of data protection laws as the EU. In this case, we will safeguard your privacy rights in accordance with data protection legislation and give you remedies in the unlikely event of a data security breach incident involving your personal information.

7. What rights do you have in relation to your personal information that we collect, hold and use?

It is important that the personal information that we collect, hold and use about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed of any changes by contacting us at info@mcdougallqueen.co.uk.

Under certain circumstances, the law gives you the right to request:

  • A copy of your personal information and to check that we are holding and using it in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Correction of any incomplete or inaccurate personal information that we hold and use about you.
  • Deletion of your personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to hold and use it. You also have the right to ask us to do this where you object to us holding and using your personal information (details below).
  • Temporarily suspend the use of your personal information, for example, if you want us to check that it is correct or the reason for processing it.
  • The transfer of your personal information to another organisation.

You can also object to us holding and using your personal information where our legal basis is a legitimate interest (either our legitimate interests or those of a third party).

Please contact us at info@mcdougallqueen.co.uk if you wish to make any of the above requests. When you make a request, we may ask you for specific information to help us confirm your identity for security reasons. You will not need to pay a fee when you make any of the above requests, but we may charge a reasonable fee or refuse to comply if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive.

8. Feedback and complaints

We welcome your feedback on how we hold and use your personal information.

You have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner, the UK regulator for data protection, about how we hold and use your personal information. The Information Commissioner’s website is https://ico.org.uk/ and complaints can be made here.

If you would like to receive this policy in alternative format, for example, audio, large print or braille, please contact us at info@mcdougallqueen.co.uk.

9. Updates to this policy

We may update this policy at any time, and you should check this policy occasionally to ensure you are aware of the most recent version that will apply each time you access our website.

Last updated: May 2018

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