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Smyth Barkham LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales with number OC404016. Its registered office is 1 Mitre Court Buildings, Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7BS.
The Firm’s VAT number is GB 234 5997 73
A list of Members of Smyth Barkham LLP and of any non-members who are designated as Partners or Consultants, is displayed at our place of business, being 1 Mitre Court Buildings, Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7BS. The word “Partner” used in relation to the LLP, refers to Members of the LLP or any employee of, or consultant to, the LLP who is a lawyer of equivalent standing and qualifications.
Contact Information for Smyth Barkham Lawyers, including email addresses, can be found on this site under ABOUT US.
Smyth Barkham LLP is an England and Wales law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”). All SRA regulated businesses are subject to rules and principles of professional conduct. The link www.sra.org.uk/handbook will enable you to access the SRA Code of Conduct by which the firm and its employees have to abide. Where the Code is not available online, the following link provides contact information for the SRA which should send details upon request. England and Wales – www.sra.org.uk
We operate a transparent cost structure and we will agree the scope of any work to be undertaken and our applicable hourly rates with our clients prior to any commitment.
Our rates will not change unless notified to you. We are able to provide you with a full schedule of services performed on your accounts. Our terms and conditions will be set out in our client care letter issued in accordance with our professional rules.
The firm is not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 but we are able, in certain circumstances, to offer a limited range of investment services to clients where these are incidental to the professional services we provide. This is because we are authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
We maintain compulsory professional insurance with QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited policy number PISRQM014071. This insurance covers us for a maximum of £10,000,000 which will be the limit of our liability and which is not below the minimum level of cover required by the Solicitors Indemnity Fund Rules. Please ask for a copy of our terms and conditions in order to see any exemptions or exclusions to this.
Anti-money Laundering Regulations
We are under a professional and legal obligation to keep the affairs of clients confidential. This obligation, however, is subject to a statutory exception: recent legislation on money laundering and terrorist financing has placed solicitors under a legal duty in certain circumstances to disclose information to the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Where we know or suspect that a transaction on behalf of a client involves money laundering, we may be required to make a money laundering disclosure. If this happens, we may have to stop working on your matter for a period of time and may not be able to inform you that a disclosure has been made or of the reasons for it.
If you wish to make a complaint, then please either write directly to Caroline Barkham at Smyth Barkham LLP, 1 Mitre Court Buildings, Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7BS , or telephone her on 0207 299 3560.
You can also email Caroline Barkham on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not satisfied with the way in which the complaint has been handled, then you are entitled to complain to the Legal Ombudsman, whose details are:
P O Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
Normally you have six months in which to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman from the date of the final written response from us regarding your complaint, or within six years of the act or omission about which you are complaining occurring (or if outside this period, within three years of when you should reasonably have been aware of it).
Some clients will not have the right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman. They include most businesses, charities or clubs with an annual income of more than £1 million and trustees of trusts with assets of more than £1 million.
Full details of our terms and conditions will be provided to you upon the receipt by us of your instructions.
Effective Date: from 25 May 2018
We need to tell you about the types of data we process about you, what we do with your data, and why we do it. The purpose of this Notice is to provide you (whether you are a client or other third party) with helpful information in this regard.
This Privacy Notice explains how SMYTH BARKHAM LLP collect, use and disclose your personal data, and your rights in relation to the personal data we hold.
In this Privacy Notice, “us”, “we” and “our” is the data controller of your personal data and is subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”) and any locally applicable data protection laws.
For all queries regarding this Privacy Notice please contact any of the partners at Smyth Barkham LLP namely Caroline Barkham, Hugh Bradshaw or Paul Edwards:
telephone: 0207 299 3560
This Privacy Notice supersedes any previous Privacy Notice or equivalent which you may have been provided with or seen prior to the Effective Date stated above.
Under the GDPR you have the following rights:
- To obtain access to, and copies of, the personal data that we hold about you;
- To require that we cease processing your personal data if the processing is causing you damage or distress;
- To require us not to send you marketing communications;
- To require us to erase your personal data;
- To require us to restrict our data processing activities;
- To receive from us the personal data we hold about you which you have provided to us, in a reasonable format specified by you, including for the purpose of you transmitting that personal data to another data controller; and
- To require us to correct the personal data we hold about you if it is incorrect.
Please note that the above rights are not absolute, and we may be entitled to refuse requests where exceptions apply.
You can find out more about your rights at www.ico.org.uk.
If you have any questions about how we use your personal data, or you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us as follows:
By post: Smyth Barkham LLP, 1 Mitre Court Buildings, Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7BS
By email: email@example.com
By telephone: 0207 299 3560
If you are not satisfied with how we are processing your personal data, you can make a complaint to www.ico.org.uk.
How we collect your data
We collect your personal data in a number of ways, for example:
- From the information you provide to us when you meet us;
- From information about you provided to us by your company or an intermediary;
- When you communicate with us in writing, by telephone, fax, website registration, email or other forms of electronic communication. In this respect, we may monitor, record and store any such communication;
- From your agents, advisers, intermediaries, and custodians of your assets;
- From publicly available sources or from third parties, most commonly where we need to conduct background checks about you.
The categories of personal data we collect
We collect the following categories of personal data about you:
- Your name and contact information such as your home or business address, job title, email address and telephone number;
- Biographical information which may confirm your identity including your date of birth, tax identification number and your passport number or national identity card details, country of domicile and/or your nationality;
- Information relating to your financial situation such as income, expenditure, assets and liabilities, sources of wealth, as well as your bank account details;
- An understanding of your goals and objectives in procuring our services;
- Information about your employment, education, family or personal circumstances, and interests, where relevant; and
- Information to assess whether you may represent a politically exposed person or money laundering risk.
- In some circumstances we may process special categories of personal data about you, in which case we take particular care to only process such data in accordance with the strict legal parameters. This type of data can include information about your health (including information you provide about your dietary requirements when attending meetings); racial or ethnic origin; religious or political beliefs; trade union membership; sex life or sexual orientation; genetic or biometric data; or philosophical beliefs.
The basis for processing your personal data (other than with your consent), how we use that personal data and whom we share it.
(i) Performance of a contract with you
We process your personal data because it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract.
In this respect, we use your personal data for the following:
- To prepare a proposal for you regarding the services we offer;
- To provide you with the services as set out in our Client Care Letter with you or as otherwise agreed with you from time to time;
- To deal with any complaints or feedback you may have;
- For any other purpose for which you provide us with your personal data.
(ii) Legitimate interests
We also process your personal data because it is necessary for our legitimate interests (including carrying out the business of providing legal services and pursuing our general business interests), or sometimes where it is necessary for the legitimate interests of another person.
In this respect, we use your personal data for the following:
- For marketing to you. In this respect, see the separate section on Marketing below;
- Training our staff or monitoring their performance;
- For the administration and management of our business, including recovering money you owe us, and archiving or statistical analysis;
- Seeking advice on our rights and obligations, such as where we require our own legal advice.
(iii) Legal obligations
We also process your personal data for our compliance with a legal obligation which we are under.
In this respect, we will use your personal data for the following:
- To meet our compliance and regulatory obligations, such as compliance with anti-money laundering laws;
- As required by tax authorities or any competent court or legal authority.
Who do we share your data with
In providing services to our clients and in complying with our legal obligations, we may share the personal data that we obtain about you, insofar as we are permitted by law to do so, with the following third parties:
- third parties involved in any matter, including (without limitation) courts, tribunals, counterparties, experts, private investigators, and other third parties involved in a matter;
- suppliers and service providers used by us in providing services, details of which can be available on request, including (without limitation) postal services, document storage facilities, front of house teams and IT service providers such as cloud providers of software as a service, data room providers and providers of our IT servers;
- financial organisations, debt collection, credit reference and tracing agencies, our auditors, our own legal and other professional advisors, our insurers and insurance brokers; government agencies, regulators and other authorities (including (without limitation) the Information Commissioner and Ombudsmen); and our and your trade associations, professional bodies and business associates.
We may send you marketing about services we provide which may be of interest to you, as well as other information in the form of alerts, newsletters and invitations to events or functions which we believe might be of interest to you or in order to update you with information (such as legal or commercial news) which we believe may be relevant to you.
We will communicate this to you in a number of ways including by post, telephone, email or other digital channels. If you object to receiving marketing from us at any time, please contact us:
By post: Smyth Barkham LLP, 1 Mitre Court Buildings Inner Temple London EC4Y 7BS
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By telephone: 0207 299 3560
If you have given consent and you wish to withdraw it at any time, please contact us.
Transfer and processing of your personal data outside the European Union
When sharing your personal data with third parties as set out in this Privacy Notice, it may be transferred outside the European Union. In these circumstances, your personal data will only be transferred on one of the following bases:
- The country that we send the personal data to is approved by the European Commission as providing an adequate level of protection for personal data;
- The transfer is to a recipient in the United States of America who has registered under the EU/US Privacy Shield;
- The recipient has entered into European Commission standard contractual clauses with us; or
- You have explicitly consented to the same.
To find out more about transfers by us of your personal data outside the European Union and the countries concerned please contact us.
Retention of your data
We keep personal data in accordance with our internal retention procedures, which are determined in accordance with our regulatory obligations and good practice. These retention periods depend on the nature of the information (for example, we apply different retention periods to our staff information as opposed to information on our client files) and are subject to change.
If you have any questions in this regard, or any concerns about how long we keep your information for, please contact us.
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