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Our key philosophy is to put the client first and nowhere is this more important than in the field of family law. We put you, the client, and your welfare at the heart of everything we do. With J. Watson Scott, you’ll have face to face contact with your solicitor as well as ongoing dialogue to keep you updated on how matters are progressing.

Our supportive, understanding family law team offer practical, empathetic advice, tailored to your exact circumstances.

We advise on:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custory
  • Cohabitation
  • Adoption
  • Civil PartnershipsAnd all other areas of family law.

Family Law Solicitors in Hamilton, Motherwell, Airdrie & Lanarkshire

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DATA PROTECTION POLICY

Introduction

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd is law firm and provides legal advice and assistance to its clients. It is regulated by the Law Society of Scotland.

The personal data that J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   processes to provide these services relates to its clients and other individuals as necessary, including staff and suppliers’ staff. 

This policy sets out J Watson Scott & Co Ltd’s commitment to ensuring that any personal data, including special category personal data, which J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   processes, is carried out in compliance with data protection law. J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   processes personal data, including the personal data of non-EU citizens, but is committed to ensuring that all the personal data that it processes is done in accordance with data protection law. J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   ensures that good data protection practice is imbedded in the culture of our staff and our organisation.

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd ’s other data protection policies and procedures are

  • record of processing activities
  • privacy policy (website, clients, employees)
  • personal data breach reporting process and a breach register
  • data retention policy
  • data subject rights procedure
  • data protection impact assessment process

 ‘Data Protection Law’ includes the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679; the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and all relevant EU and UK data protection legislation.

Scope

This policy applies to all personal data processed by J Watson Scott & Co Ltd and is part of J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   approach to compliance with data protection law. All J Watson Scott & Co Ltd staff are expected to comply with this policy.

Data protection principles

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   complies with the data protection principles set out below. When processing personal data, it ensures that:

  • it is processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject (‘lawfulness, fairness and transparency’)
  • it is collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes (‘purpose limitation’)
  • it is all adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed (‘data minimisation’)
  • it is all accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date and that reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay (‘accuracy’)
  • it is kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed (‘storage limitation’)
  • it is processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures (‘integrity and confidentiality’)

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   will facilitate any request from a data subject who wishes to exercise their rights under data protection law as appropriate, always communicating in a concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible form and without undue delay. 

Process/procedures/guidance

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   will:

  • ensure that the legal basis for processing personal data is identified in advance and that all processing complies with the law
  • not do anything with your data that you would not expect given the content of this policy and the fair processing or privacy notice
  • ensure that appropriate privacy notices are in place advising staff and others how and why their data is being processed, and, in particular, advising data subjects of their rights
  • only collect and process the personal data that it needs for purposes it has identified in advance
  • ensure that, as far as possible, the personal data it holds is accurate, or a system is in place for ensuring that it is kept up to date as far as possible
  • only hold onto your personal data for as long as it is needed, after which time J Watson Scott & Co Ltd will securely erase or delete the personal data – J Watson Scott & Co Ltd  data retention policy sets out the appropriate period of time
  • ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to ensure that J Watson Scott & Co Ltd personal data can only be accessed by those who need to access it and that it is held and transferred securely

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd  will ensure that all staff who handle personal data on its behalf are aware of their responsibilities under this policy and other relevant data protection and information security policies, and that they are adequately trained and supervised.

Breaching this policy may result in disciplinary action for misconduct, including dismissal. Obtaining (including accessing) or disclosing personal data in breach of J Watson Scott & Co Ltd ‘s data protection policies may also be a criminal offence.

Data Subject Rights

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   has processes in place to ensure that it can facilitate any request made by an individual to exercise their rights under data protection law. All staff have received training and are aware of the rights of data subjects. Staff can identify such a request and know who to send it to.

All requests will be considered without undue delay and within one month of receipt as far as possible.  

Subject access: the right to request information about how personal data is being processed, including whether personal data is being processed and the right to be allowed access to that data and to be provided with a copy of that data along with the right to obtain the following information:

  • the purpose of the processing
  • the categories of personal data
  • the recipients to whom data has been disclosed or which will be disclosed
  • the retention period
  • the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office
  • the source of the information if not collected direct from the subject, and
  • the existence of any automated decision making

Rectification: the right to allow a data subject to rectify inaccurate personal data concerning them.

Erasure: the right to have data erased and to have confirmation of erasure, but only where:

  • the data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was collected, or
  • where consent is withdrawn, or
  • where there is no legal basis for the processing, or
  • there is a legal obligation to delete data

Restriction of processing: the right to ask for certain processing to be restricted in the following circumstances:  

  • if the accuracy of the personal data is being contested, or
  • if our processing is unlawful but the data subject does not want it erased, or
  • if the data is no longer needed for the purpose of the processing but it is required by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, or
  • if the data subject has objected to the processing, pending verification of that objection

Data portability: the right to receive a copy of personal data which has been provided by the data subject and which is processed by automated means in a format which will allow the individual to transfer the data to another data controller. This would only apply if J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   was processing the data using consent or on the basis of a contract.

Object to processing: the right to object to the processing of personal data relying on the legitimate interests processing condition unless J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests of the data subject or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

Special category personal data

This includes the following personal data revealing:

  • racial or ethnic origin
  • political opinions
  • religious or philosophical beliefs
  • trade union membership
  • the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person
  • an individual’s health
  • a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation
  • criminal convictions or offences

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd processes special category data of clients and third parties as is necessary to provide legal services for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims. 

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd processes special category data of employees as is necessary to comply with employment and social security law. This policy sets out the safeguards we believe are appropriate to ensure that we comply with the data protection principles set out above. J Watson Scott & Co Ltd also has a data retention policy which sets out how long special category data will be held onto. 

Responsibility for the processing of personal data

The partners of J Watson Scott & Co Ltd take ultimate responsibility for data protection.

If you have any concerns or wish to exercise any of your rights under the GDPR, then you can contact the data protection lead in the following ways:

Alison Harvie, J Watson Scott & Co Ltd, McAdam House 1 Cadzow Lane Hamilton ML3 6AY

Telephone: 01698 282370

Monitoring and review

This policy was last updated on 25 May 2018 and shall be regularly monitored and reviewed, at least every two years.

DATA RETENTION POLICY

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd   will obtain the following information from Clients and retain this information on its computer management system (CMS) indefinitely:

Name

Address

Telephone Numbers

Email address

Date of Birth

Gender

Marital status

National Insurance Number

SLAB identification number

Occupation

File Description

This information is retained for the purpose of identifying our clients and ensuring we do not act in cases where a conflict of interest could be alleged.

Other papers and information held for the purposes of representing clients will be retained in paper or electronic format at our discretion and for such period as we deem necessary for regulatory purposes, as required by law or as recommended by the Law Society of Scotland. Information on the Law Society’s recommendations are available here:-

https://www.lawscot.org.uk/members/rules-and-guidance/rules-and-guidance/section-e/division-b/guidance/the-ownership-and-destruction-of-files/

Our general police is as follows:-

Category of file

Retention period

Reason

Domestic Conveyancing

10 years after completion of case

Necessary to comply with Law Society Regulations

Commercial Conveyancing

10 years after completion of case

Necessary to comply with Law Society Regulations

Executry

10 Years after completion of Case

Necessary to comply with Law Society Regulations

Debt recovery

5 years after completion of case

As per LSS recommendation

Family – including divorce and contact

10 years after completion of case

As per LSS recommendation

Guardianship

Until death of adult or 5 years after papers no longer required

Case is continuing until adult’s death. Thereafter retention as per LSS recommendation

Miscellaneous

10 years

As per LSS recommendation

Power of Attorney

Until 5 years after death of Adult

Case is continuing until adult’s death. Thereafter retention as per LSS recommendation

Wills

Until 5 years after death of adult

AS per LSS recommendation

     
     
     

Information may also be retained as required for financial compliance regulations.

PRIVACY POLICY

J Watson Scott & Co Ltd values the privacy of its clients and Staff.  Protected information shall not be distributed to any third party without the client’s consent or unless required for regulatory purposes or by law. Any distribution of client’s protected information shall follow this procedure. All staff have been trained to implement this procedure.

Third Party Requests for information

Any request for information that is received shall require to be justified specifically to each case and a written record of the justification shall be retained on the file. Where information is to be supplied then the supply of information shall where necessary and appropriate include the following:-

The information you are being supplied is subject to the GDPR and general Data Protections Laws of the United Kingdom and Scotland. It is provided solely for the purpose detailed in your request and shall not be used or retained for any other purpose without our written consent. By requesting this information you confirm you shall hold it in a secure manner and you will process it in terms of the said laws. You confirm you shall securely dispose of the provided data when there is no longer a necessity to hold this data specific to the purposes set out in your request or the data shall be returned to this office”

Distribution of information in the course of our actings for you

This office may require to distribute protected information in the course of our actings all as regulated within our data protection policy and as necessary for the representation of Clients and employment of staff. Where possible we will advise you of any information we shall be sharing in advance.

We have identified that we may share protected information with the following:-

Our Accountants

Our Law Accountants

Additional supporting solicitors undertaking work on your behalf

Opposing solicitors

Courts

Expert witnesses

Our Staff

Court appointed Reporters

Scottish Legal Aid Board

Law Society of Scotland

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Local Authority

Computer management system companies

Any such sharing of information shall only occur when necessary and information shared shall be limited or anonymised where possible. Should you have any concerns about this policy or require further information please contact our office.

Please note that this policy is separate to our obligations of client confidentiality and obligations as an officer of the Court.

Data Subject Rights Procedure

Any data subject request shall be made in writing passed to the Data Processer and shall be processed by him within one month of receipt.

Any request for Data Access shall require to be verified as from the person entitled to the data. All requests shall be assessed against the information held by the frim and shall be subject to assessment as to the right or ability for the requested information to be released, what basis or conditions on which it may be released and whether the requesting party has any right to the information.

All data requests shall be subject to assessment to determine if the information held is done so as a data controller or as a data processor. This assessment shall be specific to each piece of data not to the file as a whole.  Where we hold information as a data processor we will refer the request to the party that supplied the information.

DATA PROCESSING IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Category of Data

How obtained

Purpose and legal basis

Potential Recipients

Place Stored

Notes

Client contact and identification information

From Client or documents provided

Necessary for legal advice, avoiding conflict of interest and for regulatory purposes (6b)

Staff

SLAB

Court

External Advisors

Law Accountant

Accountant

Other Solicitors

Court appointee

Expert Witnesses

Computer management company

Auditor

 

Paper records

Computer Management system

Software provider

Local computers

 

More personal information about clients life, health, criminal convictions and information on current and former partners and children

From Client, PF, Documents, Local Authority, Doctors, Other solicitors

Necessary for the provision of legal advice and representation (6b & 9f)

Staff

SLAB

Court

External Advisors

Law Accountant

Accountant

Other Solicitors

Court appointee

Expert Witnesses

Computer management company

Auditor

 

 

Paper records

Computer Management system

Software provider

Local computers

 

Identification documents

From Client or other solicitors

Necessary for AML checks as required by law (6c)

Staff

Other solicitors

Computer management company

 

Computer management system

Paper file

 

 

Client bank details

From Client

Necessary for transfer of money to client (6b)

Staff

Computer Management System

 

Details about children / Adults involved in dispute (not clients)

From client , child, documentation or other solicitor

Necessary for the provision of legal advice

Staff

SLAB

Court

External Advisors

Law Accountant

Accountant

Other Solicitors

Court appointee

Expert Witnesses

Computer management company

Auditor

 

Paper records

 Computer management system

Local Computers

 


Record of Data Processing

Data

Purpose

Category

Category of data

Recipients

International Transfer

Time for erasure

Ensure updated

Security details

Identification documents of client

To comply with AML requirements and regulatory purposes (6c)

Clients and beneficial owners

Personal documents

Other solicitors

3rd part hosting Server

Staff

n/a

Indefinite

As per AML procedure

Secured by CMS. Paper files held on file and destroyed securely.

Paper copies to be kept in files in cabinet unless in use

Contact details of clients

To contact client re case as per contract or for legitimate interest if in capacity of their employment (6b)

Individual clients or employees of client

Name

Address

Telephone Numbers

Email address

Date of Birth

Gender

Marital status

National Insurance Number

SLAB identification number

Occupation

File Description

CMS

Staff

n/a

Indefinite

ToB place obligation on client to inform of changes. Changes to be updated on CMS

Held in client database on 3rd party server

Access to server is encrypted

Paper files to be kept in cabinets unless in use

Case information provided by client

To provide legal advice under contract (6b & 6f)

Client, children and family, former partner etc, Adult

Information about the legal issue about which advice which Is sought

Staff

SLAB

Court

External Advisors

Law Accountant

Accountant

Other Solicitors

Court appointee

Expert Witnesses

Computer management company

 

n/a

As per Data retention policy

Updated as case progresses

Held in client database on 3rd party server

Access to server is encrypted

Paper files to be kept in cabinets unless in use

 

Recordings of telephone calls

To provide legal advice and conform to regulatory requirements(6c)

Clients and 3rd Parties

Recorded information

Staff

SLAB

Court

External Advisors

Law Accountant

Accountant

Other Solicitors

Court appointee

Expert Witnesses

Computer management company

n/a

AS per data retention policy

n/a

Held in Computer management system

 

Personal Data Breach Policy and Register

All data breaches will be recorded and reported as required by law

Nature of Incident/ Breach

Potential consequences of Breach

Data Subject informed

ICO informed (72 hours)

Action taken / changes made as a result of the breach.

         
         
         
         
         
         
         

 

Office Location / Contact Information

J. Watson Scott & Co Solicitors
Unit 3
McAdam House
1 Cadzow lane
Hamilton ML3 6AY


Tel: (01698) 282 370
Fax: (01698) 423209
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E: mail@watsonscott.co.uk

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