Privacy Policy

1. ABOUT THIS POLICY

1.1. We appreciate your interest in our products and services and your visit to this website. Your privacy is important to us and we want you to feel comfortable with how we use and share your personal information.

1.2. This policy sets out how Laird Assessors Limited handles your personal information, including when and why it is collected, used and disclosed and how it is kept secure. Please read the following carefully to understand our practises. By visiting www.laird-assessors.com you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy.

1.3. You will find our contact details at the end of this policy which you can use if you have any questions, including how to update or access your personal information or to make a complaint.

1.4. This policy may change, so please check this page from time to time to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. Please see further Changes to this policy in Section 11.

1.5. This policy was last updated on 1 May 2018.

2. WHO WE ARE

2.1 Laird Assessors Limited provide a range of expert witness services. Unless specified under our Terms and Conditions, we are the ‘controller’ of your personal information. A ‘controller’ is a company that decides why and how your personal information is processed.

2.2 Where this policy refers to “we”, “our” or “us” below it is referring to the Laird Assessors Limited.

3. HOW AND WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT

3.1 We may collect and process the following personal information about you

Personal information you give to us: This is information about you that you give to us by entering information via our websites or our social media pages or by corresponding with us by phone, email or otherwise and is provided entirely voluntarily. The information you give to us includes your name, contact details (such as phone number, email address and address), enquiry details and your opinion of our products.
Personal information we collect about you: We may automatically collect the following personal information: our web servers store as standard details of your browser and operating system, the website from which you visit our website, the pages that you visit on our website, the date of your visit, and, for security reasons, e.g. to identify attacks on our website, the Internet protocol (IP) address assigned to you by your internet service. We collect some of this information using cookies – please see Cookies in Section 9.2 for further information. We may also collect any personal information which you allow to be shared that is part of your public profile on a third party social network.
Personal information we may receive from other sources: We obtain certain personal information about you from sources outside our business which may include solicitors and insurance companies; the personal information received is as described in the two paragraphs above.

4. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

4.1. Where you have provided CONSENT: We may use and process your personal information where you have consented for us to do so for the following purposes:

• to supply brochures and other material you have specifically requested from us;
• to contact you via email, text message, post or telephone with marketing information about our products and services (see Marketing section below for further details);
• You may withdraw your consent for us to use your information in any of these ways at any time. Please see Withdrawing your consent in Section 8.4 for further details.

4.2. Where required to perform a CONTRACT with you: We may use and process your personal information where it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you or in order to take steps at your request before entering into a contract with you.

4.3. Where it is in your VITAL INTEREST: We may use your personal information to contact you if we reasonably believe that the processing of your personal information will prevent or reduce any potential harm to you. It is in your vital interests for us to use your personal information in this way.

4.4. Where required to comply with our LEGAL OBLIGATIONS: We will use your personal information to comply with our legal obligations including: (i) to assist HM Court Services, HMRC, the Police, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or any other public authority or criminal investigation body or parties to legal proceedings either to which your use of our services relate; (ii) to identify you when you contact us; and (iii) to verify the accuracy of data that we hold about you.

4.5. Where there is a LEGITIMATE INTEREST: Here are a list of circumstances where your personal information may be used and processed because it is necessary for us to pursue our legitimate interests as a business:

• for analysis, and profiling to inform our marketing strategy, and to enhance and personalise your customer or visitor experience;
• for market research in order to continually improve the products and services that we and our authorised dealers deliver to you;
• to administer our websites and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, testing, statistical purposes;
• for marketing activities (other than where we rely on your consent) e.g. to tailor marketing communications or send targeted marketing messages via social media and other third-party platforms;
• for the prevention of fraud and other criminal activities;
• to undertake ID checks;
• to correspond and communicate with you;
• to create a better understanding of you as a customer or visitor;
• for network and information security in order for us to take steps to protect your information against loss or damage, theft or unauthorised access;
• to comply with a request from you in connection with the exercise of your rights (for example where you have asked us not to contact you for marketing purposes, we will keep a record of this on our suppression lists in order to be able to comply with your request);
• for the purposes of corporate restructure or reorganisation or sale of our business or assets;
• for efficiency, accuracy or other improvements of our databases and systems e.g. by combining systems or consolidating records we or our group companies hold about you;
• to enforce or protect our contractual or other legal rights or to bring or defend legal proceedings; and
for general administration including managing your queries, complaints, or claims, and to send service messages to you.

5. SHARING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

5.1. There may be times when we need to share your personal information. Below are a list of some examples. Whenever your data is being shared, we will always take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

5.2. We may disclose your information to our third-party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other organisations for the purposes of providing services to us or directly to you on our behalf. Such third parties may include cloud services providers (such as hosting and email management) or advertising agencies, administrative services or other third parties who provide services to us.

5.3. When we use third party service providers, we only disclose to them any personal information that is necessary for them to provide their service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it other than in accordance with our specific instructions.
We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation. We may also transfer your personal information if we’re under a duty to disclose or share it in order to comply with any legal obligation (e.g. by sharing your personal information with the DVLA), to detect or report a crime, to enforce or apply the terms of our contracts or to protect the rights, property or safety of our visitors and customers.

6. WHERE WE STORE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OUTSIDE THE EEA

6.1. All information you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). By way of example, this may happen where any of our service providers are incorporated or if any of their servers in a country outside of the EEA.

6.2. Whilst these countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK, we will take reasonable steps to ensure your privacy rights are maintained to the same UK standards by way of imposing contractual obligations on the recipient of your personal information or ensuring that the recipients are subscribed to ‘international frameworks’ that aim to ensure adequate protection.

6.3. If you use our services whilst you are outside the EEA, your information may be transferred outside the EEA in order to provide you with those services.

7. HOW LONG WE KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR

7.1 If we collect your personal information, the length of time we retain it is determined by a number of factors including the purpose for which we use that information and our obligations under other laws.

7.2 We do not retain personal information in an identifiable format for longer than is necessary.

7.3 We may need your personal information to establish, bring or defend legal claims, in which case we will retain your personal information for 7 years after the last occasion on which we have used your personal information in one of the ways specified in How we use your personal information in Section 4.

7.4 The only exceptions to this are where:
• the law requires us to hold your personal information for a longer period, or delete it sooner;
• you exercise your right to have the information erased (where it applies) and we do not need to hold it in connection with any of the reasons permitted in this section 7, or because we are required under the law (see further Erasing your personal information or restricting its processing in Section 8.6);
• and in limited cases, the law permits us to keep your personal information indefinitely provided we put certain protections in place.

8. YOUR RIGHTS

8.1. Your ‘data subject’ rights: You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information under data protection law. In relation to certain rights, we may ask you for information to confirm your identity and, where applicable, to help us to search for your personal information. Except in rare cases, we will respond to you within 30 days after we have received this information or, where no such information is required, after we have received your request.

8.2. Accessing your personal information: You have the right to ask for a copy of the information that we hold about you by emailing or writing to us at the address at the end of this policy. We may not provide you with a copy of your personal information if this concerns other individuals or we have another lawful reason to withhold that information.

8.3. Correcting and updating your personal information: The accuracy of your information is important to us and we are working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that we hold about you.
In the meantime, if you change your name or address/email address, or you discover that any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please let us know by contacting us in any of the details described at the end of this policy.

8.4. Withdrawing your consent: Where we rely on your consent as the legal basis for processing your personal information, as set out under How we use your personal information in Section 4, you may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us using the details at the end of this policy. If you would like to withdraw your consent to receiving any direct marketing to which you previously opted-in, you can also do so using our unsubscribe tool. If you withdraw your consent, our use of your personal information before you withdraw is still lawful.

8.5. Objecting to our use of your personal information and automated decisions made about you: Where we rely on our legitimate business interests as the legal basis for processing your personal information for any purpose(s), as set out under ‘How we use your personal information’ in Section 4, you may object to us using your personal information for these purposes by emailing or writing to us at the address at the end of this policy.
Except for the purposes for which we are sure we can continue to process your personal information, we will temporarily stop processing your personal information in line with your objection until we have investigated the matter.
If we agree that your objection is justified in accordance with your rights under data protection laws, we will permanently stop using your data for those purposes. Otherwise we will provide you with our justification as to why we need to continue using your data.

You may object to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes and we will automatically comply with your request. If you would like to do so, please use our unsubscribe tool.
You may also contest a decision made about you based on automated processing by contacting the data protection department.
8.6. Erasing your personal information or restricting its processing: In certain circumstances, you may ask for your personal information to be removed from our systems by emailing or writing to us at the address at the end of this policy. Unless there is a reason that the law allows us to use your personal information for longer, we will make reasonable efforts to comply with your request.

You may also ask us to restrict processing your personal information in the following situations:

• where you believe it is unlawful for us to do so,
• you have objected to its use and our investigation is pending or you require us to keep it in connection with legal proceedings.

In these situations, we may only process your personal information whilst its processing is restricted if we have your consent or are legally permitted to do so, for example for storage purposes, to protect the rights of another individual or company or in connection with legal proceedings.

8.7. Transferring your personal information in a structured data file: Where we rely on your consent as the legal basis for processing your personal information or need to process it in connection with your contract, as set out under Section 4 ‘How we use your personal information’, you may ask us to provide you with a copy of that information in a structured data file. We will provide this to you electronically in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable form, such as a CSV file.
You can ask us to send your personal information directly to another service provider, and we will do so if this is technically possible. We may not provide you with a copy of your personal information if this concerns other individuals or we have another lawful reason to withhold that information.

8.8. Complaining to the UK data protection regulator: You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) if you are concerned about the way we have processed your personal information. Please visit the ICO’s website for further details.

9. SECURITY / COOKIES / LINKS / SOCIAL PLUGINS

9.1. Security measures we put in place to protect your personal information: Laird Assessors Limited use technical and organisational security measures to protect the personal information supplied by you and managed by us against manipulation, loss, destruction, and access by third parties. Our security measures are continually improved in line with technological developments.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your information whilst in transit to our website and any transmission is at your own risk.

Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access an account, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

9.2. Use of ‘cookies’: ‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information sent to your device and stored on its hard drive to allow our website to recognise you when you visit.

9.3. Links to other websites: Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations which we do not control. This policy does not apply to those other websites and Apps‚ so we encourage you to read their privacy statements. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other websites and Apps (even if you access them using links that we provide) and we provide links to those websites solely for your information and convenience. We specifically disclaim responsibility for their content, privacy practices and terms of use, and we make no endorsements, representations or promises about their accuracy, content or thoroughness. Your disclosure of personal information to third party websites is at your own risk.
In addition, if you linked to our website from a third-party website, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third-party website and recommend that you check the policy of that third-party website.

9.4. Social plugins: We use so-called social plugins (buttons) of social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
When you visit our websites, these buttons are deactivated by default, i.e. without your intervention they will not send any data to the respective social networks. Before you are able to use these buttons, you must activate them by clicking on them. They then remain active until you deactivate them again or delete your cookies. Please see Cookies in Section 9.2 for further details regarding our use of cookies.
After their activation, a direct link to the server of the respective social network is established. The contents of the button are then transmitted from the social network directly to your browser and incorporated in the website.
After activation of a button, the social network can retrieve data, independently of whether you interact with the button or not. If you are logged on to a social network, the network can assign your visit to the website to your user account. A social network cannot assign a visit to websites operated by our other group companies unless and until you activate the respective button there as well.
If you are a member of a social network and do not wish it to combine data retrieved from your visit to our websites with your membership data, you must log out from the social network concerned before activating the buttons.
We have no influence on the scope of data that is collected by the social networks through their buttons. The data use policies of the social networks provide information on the purpose and extent of the data that they collect, how this data is processed and used, the rights available to you and the settings that you can use to protect your privacy.

10. MARKETING

10.1. We may collect your preferences to send you marketing information directly from us by email/SMS (where applicable) including:

• if you signed our Terms and Conditions; or
• register an account with us: or
• if you have called/emailed and requested a call back.

We will only do so if you have consented to receiving such marketing information directly from us.
10.2. We may contact you with targeted advertising delivered online through social media and platforms (operated by other companies) by using your personal information or use your personal information to tailor marketing to improve its relevance to you, unless you object.

10.3. We will only share your personal information with recommended third parties for them to contact you with marketing information about their products and services where you have indicated that you would like us to do so. Once shared, the relevant third party’s privacy policy will apply to their processing of your personal information, not ours. If you’d like to opt-out of receiving marketing from a third party after providing your consent, you can do so at any time by contacting the relevant third party directly.

10.4. From time to time, we may ask you to refresh your marketing preferences by asking you to confirm that you consent to continue receiving marketing information from us.

You have the right to opt-out of our use of your personal information to provide marketing to you in any of the ways mentioned above. Please see Withdrawing your Consent in Section 8.4 and Objecting to our use of your personal information and automated decisions made about you in Section 8.5 above for further details on how you can do this.

11. CHANGES TO THIS POLICY

11.1. We may review this policy from time to time and any changes will be notified to you by posting an updated version on our website and/or by contacting you by email. Any changes will take effect 7 days after the date of our email or the date on which we post the modified terms on our website, whichever is the earlier. We recommend you regularly check for changes and review this policy when you visit our website. If you do not agree with any aspect of the updated policy, you must promptly notify us and cease using our services.

12. CONTACT US

12.1. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about the processing of your personal information or wish to contact us to amend/update your marketing preferences please contact the Laird Assessors Data Protection Co-ordinator via email GDPR@laird-assessors.com.

Laird Assessors Data Protection Co-ordinator:
Laird Assessors
Whitfield Business Hub
184-200 Pensby Road
Heswall
CH60 7RJ