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Abel + Imray is responsible for your personal data. Your data will be controlled by us, and we are therefore regarded as an independent data controller of your personal data. 

The registered address of Abel + Imray is: 20 St. Andrew Street, London EC4A 3AG, United Kingdom. 

We may revise this policy at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are binding on you. 


This Policy covers the following: 

Abel + Imray Privacy Policy


Explanation of applicable data

The information we collect and where we get it

Information that you provide to Abel + Imray

Other information Abel + Imray collect about you

Information Abel + Imray obtain from other sources

How we use the information we collect

Grounds for using your personal information

How we share information with third parties

Retaining your information and how we secure it

Your choices and rights

Abel + Imray Cookies Policy

How long will cookies remain on my computer?

Third party cookies

Google Analytics Cookies


Explanation of applicable data

For the purpose of this policy, personal data refers to information that relates to an identifiable, living individual, including information such as an online identifier for example an IP address. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2016 and Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018 applies to both automated personal data and to manual filing systems, where personal data is accessible according to specific criteria, as well as to chronologically ordered data and pseudonymised data. 

Data referred to in the regulation as ‘special categories of personal data’ (also termed ‘Sensitive Personal Data’) specifically includes the processing of genetic data, biometric data and data concerning health matters. 

‘Personal information’ is therefore any information that can be used to identify you or that we can link to you and which we have in our possession or control. 

The information we collect and where we get it

We collect and therefore processes the following personal information about you:

Information that you provide to us

We will process personal information that you give to us, including when you email us or contact us through various methods as follows:

  • Signing up for our services: when you sign up for our newsletters, webinars, events or obtain any of our services, or when you contact us with queries, or respond to our communications the personal information you provide may include your full name, title, telephone number, email address and additional content, date and time of your email correspondence and information about your current or previous employers or your business.
  • When providing our services: if you are a client, partner business or preferred supplier you will provide us with personal information when you, or the company you represent, become a client, partner business or preferred supplier with us. If you are not a client, partner business or preferred supplier we may still collect or receive your personal information because you are involved in one of our client’s matters.
  • When participating in recruitment activities: when you apply for any role with us you may provide us with your full name, date of birth, nationality, education and qualification details, your gender, your CV, photograph, passport details, marital status, home address and home telephone number, mobile telephone number and other details set out in your communications to us.
  • To enable processing of payments and fraud prevention:  Financial and Payment Data including bank account and other data necessary for processing payments and fraud prevention, including credit/debit card numbers, security code numbers and other related billing information.
  • To enable equality and monitoring: When applying or joining us then your sensitive personal data (that is, information about your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union activities, physical or mental health, sexual life, or details of criminal offences, or genetic or biometric data) may be collected in order to carry out monitoring and comply with the legal obligations.
  • Applying for placements and work experience: When you apply to us for any potential work placement you may provide us with details such as your name, email address, postal address and employment details.

Other information we collect about you

We will also collect information about use of our services or when we otherwise interact or correspond with you. We may use various technologies to collect and store information when you communicate with us or visit our websites. We may, for example, collect information about the type of device you use to access the websites, your IP address and your geographic location, the operating system and version, your browser type, the content you view and features you access on our websites, the web pages and the search terms you enter on our websites. For information about how we use Cookies and the choices you may have, please see our Cookies Policy below.

Information we obtain from other sources

  • If you apply for a position with us we may collect personal information relating to past employment, qualifications and education, opinions from relevant third parties about you, past employment history and other details about you, which may be provided to us by a third party that provides background screening services on our behalf.
  • If we collect or receive your personal information in the relation to our provision of any services we may also receive information from third parties such as your employer, other parties relevant to the services we are providing (e.g. other parties involved in a matter) and others such as regulators and authorities. That information could include your name, contact details, employment details and other information relevant to the legal services that we are providing to our client.


How we use the information we collect

We may do the following with your personal information that we have gathered:

  1. Provide services to a relevant client.
  2. Engage in marketing and business development activity in relation to our services. This may include sending you newsletters, legal updates, marketing communications and other information that we believe may be of interest to you.
  3. Where you have applied for a position with us, review and process your application.
  4. Comply with legal and regulatory obligations that we have a duty to discharge.
  5. Establish, exercise or defend our legal rights or for the purpose of legal proceedings.
  6. Record and monitor your use of our websites, social media or our services for Abel + Imray business purposes. This may include analysis of usage, measurement of website performance and generation of marketing reports.
  7. Use it for our legitimate business interests, such as for undertaking business research and analysis, managing the operation of our business and improving our services, websites and interfaces.
  8. Use it to look into any complaints, concerns or issues you may have.
  9. Use it to prevent and respond to actual or potential fraud or illegal activities. 

We may also collate, process and share any statistics based on an accumulation of information held by us provided that any individual is not identified from the resulting analysis and the collation, processing and dissemination of such information is permitted by law.


Grounds for using your personal information 

We rely on the following legal basis to process your personal information:

  • Consent: We may in some circumstances need your consent to use your personal information. You can withdraw your consent by contacting us.
  • Obligations of a contract: We may need to collect and use your personal information to enter into a contract with you or to perform our obligations under a contract with you or the business you represent.
  • Legitimate interest: We may use your personal information for what we identify as our legitimate interests.
  • Compliance with the law: We may use your personal information   as necessary to comply with applicable laws and regulations.


How we share information with third parties

We share personal information internally with our employees and staff that make up our company. We may also share your personal information outside Abel + Imray. This may include:

  • Third party agents/suppliers or contractors, bound by obligations of confidentiality, in connection with the processing of your personal information for the purposes described in this Policy. This may include, but is not limited to, our IT and communications service providers, and insurance, pension or benefit providers if you are employed by us.
  • Third parties relevant to the services that we provide. This may include, but is not limited to, counterparties to transactions or litigation, other professional service providers, regulators, authorities and governmental institutions.
  • To the extent required by law, regulation or court order, for example, if we are under a duty to disclose your personal information in order to comply with any legal obligation. 

In order to meet our contractual and legal obligations, including with respect to intellectual property rights abroad, in some circumstances limited personal data may be transferred to countries outside of the EEA. In such circumstances where this is necessary, we will satisfy ourselves that all reasonable steps have been taken to meet our obligations regarding the protection of a data subjects personal data as defined by the GDPR and DPA, or  any other such relevant legislation, before the transfer. This may require written assurances from recipient on appropriate safeguards and/or subject consent as necessary to the circumstance and lawful basis being applied.


Retaining your information and how we secure it

How long we keep your personal information will vary and will depend primarily on:

  • The purpose for which we are using your personal information – we will need to keep the information for as long as is necessary for the relevant purpose.
  • Legal obligations – laws or regulation may set a minimum period for which we have to keep your personal information. 

We will retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes that we collected it for and for us to assert or defend against legal claims. The appropriate retention period is determined by the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure, the purposes for which we process and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements. As an example, the nature of intellectual property rights can in some cases require data to be retained for in some cases in excess of 20 years, which may include some limited personal information. 

Upon expiry of the applicable retention period we securely destroy your personal data in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. We ensure that the personal information that we hold is subject to the appropriate security measures.


Your choices and rights

You have a number of rights in relation to the personal information that we hold about you and you can exercise your rights by contacting us directly. These rights include:

  • Obtaining or accessing your data:  Regarding the processing of your personal information and access to the personal information which we hold about you. Please note that there may be circumstances in which we are entitled to refuse requests for access to copies of your personal information. In particular, information that is subject to legal professional privilege will not be disclosed other than to our client and as authorised by our client.
  • Correcting your data: Requesting that we correct your personal information if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Erasure of your data: Requesting that we erase your personal information in certain circumstances. Please note that there may be circumstances where you ask us to erase your personal information but we are legally entitled to retain it.
  • Objecting/Restricting us processing: Requesting that we restrict, our processing of your personal information in certain circumstances. Again, there may be circumstances where you object to, or ask us to restrict, our processing of your personal information but we are legally entitled to refuse that request.
  • Portability/Moving your data:  In some circumstances, receiving some personal information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or requesting that we transmit that information to a third party where this is technically feasible. Please note that this right only applies to personal information which you have provided to us.
  • Withdrawing your consent:  In certain circumstances it may be lawful for us to continue processing without your consent if we have another legitimate reason (other than consent) for doing so.
  • Lodging a complaint about processing:  Complaining to the relevant data protection supervising authority (e.g. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) in the UK), if you think that any of your rights have been infringed by us.
  • How to contact us and other important information 

If you would like further information on the collection, use, disclosure, transfer or processing of your personal information by us, or the exercise of any of the rights listed above, please contact us. You can do this by: 

  • Writing to us:  Data Compliance, Abel + Imray, 20 St. Andrew Street, London EC4A 3AG, England.
  • Emailing us: data.compliance@abelimray.com



Abel + Imray Cookies Policy

Abel + Imray websites (“Sites”) use a number of different cookies to improve the user experience and help it see what is popular with users:

  • Single session cookies. These enable the Sites to keep track of your movement from page to page in order to ensure that you will not be asked for the same information you have previously given during your visit to the Sites. Cookies allow you to proceed through the Sites quickly and easily without having to authenticate or reprocess each new area you visit. We may use the cookies to analyse user behaviour, such as which pages have been visited during the session, in order to improve your overall experience, for example enabling us to determine and display more relevant content.
  • ‘Remember me’ cookies. These cookies enable the Sites to remember your personal preferences such as log in details in order to improve the user experience for example by avoiding you having to re-enter these details on each visit to the Sites.
  • ‘Remember my language’ cookies. These enable the Sites to retain your language preference for future visits in order to improve the user experience. In addition, this cookie will set the language in which the non-content aspects of emails received from the Sites will be displayed in.
  • Persistent cookies. These cookies enable us to collect information such as number of visitors to the sites and pages visited in order to analyse user behaviour. This information is collected in an anonymous form and will be collated with similar information received from other users to enable us to compile reports in order to develop and improve user experience by displaying more tailored and relevant content for example. 

How long will cookies remain on my computer?  

Cookies remain in the cookies file of your browser after the closing of the browser, and will become active again when the Site is reopened, until removed. The cookie(s) can be deleted at any time by you. The cookie(s) will not collect any information when you are not accessing the Site. 

Third party cookies  

The single session and persistent cookies are provided on our behalf by a trusted third party service provider to aid in the reporting of user behaviour on the Sites. This behaviour is analysed to provide an improved user experience. The information collected is not linked to personally identifiable information. 

We also use Google Analytics to help analyse use of Sites. Google Analytics generate statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored by users’ web browsers on their computer. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google hold this information and provide us access to it. Google’s privacy policy is at http://www.google.com/privacyp...

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