What is the purpose of this document?
The purpose of this Privacy Notice is to make you aware of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the recruitment exercise which you are involved in, and how long it will usually be retained for. It provides you with certain information that must be provided under the General Data Protection Regulation. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use your data.
Data protection principles
We will comply with data protection law and principles, which means that your data will be:
- Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way
- Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes
- Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes
- Accurate and kept up to date
- Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about
- Kept securely.
The kind of information we may hold about you
In connection with your application for work with us, we may collect, store, and use a range of data, including the following categories of personal information about you:
- The information you have provided to us in your curriculum vitae and covering letter
- The information you have provided on an application form, if applicable, including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address, employment history, qualifications
- Details about your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history
- Information in confidential references provided for you
- Information about your current level of remuneration and benefits
- Any information you provide to us during an interview
- Results of psychometric testing, where applicable
We may, if appropriate, also collect, store and use the following “special categories” of more sensitive personal information:
- Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions, including the right to work in the UK for legal and equal opportunities monitoring
- Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records.
- Information about criminal convictions and offences.
How is your personal information collected?
We collect personal information about candidates from the following sources:
- You, the candidate
- Your named referees, from whom we collect the following categories of data: length of service, job title, duties and any available information regarding your performance in employment
- Any supplier carrying out testing or screening services on our behalf, including psychometric testing (if applicable);
- Law Society/SRA regarding your professional status as a lawyer (if applicable).
How we will use information about you
We will use the personal information we collect about you to:
- Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the role
- Carry out background and reference checks, where applicable
- Communicate with you about the recruitment process
- Keep records related to our hiring processes
- Comply with legal or regulatory requirements
- Respond to or defend against legal claims.
It is in our legitimate interests to decide whether to appoint you to the role advertised, since it would be beneficial to our business to appoint someone to that role. Where we rely on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, we have considered whether these interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers, and have concluded that they are not.
We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract of employment with you.
Having received your CV and covering letter or your application form, we will then process that information to decide whether you meet the basic requirements to be shortlisted for the role. If you do, we will decide whether your application is strong enough to invite you for an interview. If we decide to call you for an interview, we will use the information you provide to us at the interview to decide whether to offer you the role. If we decide to offer you the role, we will take up references before confirming your appointment.
If you fail to provide personal information
If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully. For example, if we require a credit screening check or references for this role and you fail to provide us with relevant details, we will not be able to take your application further.
How we use particularly sensitive personal information
We may use your particularly sensitive personal information in the following ways:
- We will use information about any disability status to consider whether we need to provide appropriate adjustments during the recruitment process, for example whether adjustments need to be made during the recruitment process
- We will use information about your race or national or ethnic origin, religious, philosophical or moral beliefs, or your sexual life or sexual orientation, to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting
- We will process information about any criminal convictions disclosed during the recruitment process.
You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you, based solely on automated decision-making.
We will only share your personal information with the following third parties for the purposes of processing your application: employment agencies instructed to assist in the recruitment process, our IT providers, identity, credit and HR screening services and any organisation instructed to carry out psychometric testing. All our third-party service providers are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need-to-know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.
We will retain your personal information for a period of six months after we have communicated to you our decision about whether to appoint you to the role. We retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with our data retention policy.
If we wish to retain your personal information on file, on the basis that a further opportunity may arise in future and we may wish to consider you for that, we will write to you separately, seeking your explicit consent to retain your personal information for a fixed period on that basis.
Rights of access, correction, erasure, and restriction
Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:
- Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
- Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
- Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it.
- Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
- Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
- Request the transfer of your personal information to another party.
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact the Practice Manager in writing.
If you believe that we have not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.
Changes to this privacy notice
We reserve the right to update this privacy notice at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy notice when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.
If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact our Director, Catherine Mitchell.