Quest Legal Advocates (“Quest”) is a registered ‘data controller’ for the purpose of relevant data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). This covers the information we collect for recruitment and employment purposes.
Quest also acts as a ‘data processor’ on behalf of our professional clients and consultant advocates who provide legal services.
All personal information that we collect will be recorded, used and protected by us in accordance with applicable data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation and this Policy.
We may supplement the information that is provided by the individual with other information that we obtain from our dealings with them, however we will not use that information for purposes which are not clear when the details are provided.
We may collect the following information when someone enquires about Quest:
In addition to recruitment and employment, we receive instructions from a professional client (i.e. instructing solicitors) to arrange for an advocate to attend a court hearing to assist a lay client. As part of that instruction we receive personal data from the professional client. This data, including names, addresses, dates of birth and contact details, enables the advocate to carry out their instructions. In addition, the advocates may collect information directly from lay clients at court.
The processing of personal data is necessary and forms a ‘legitimate interest’ for the purposes of Quest’s services.
We do not share any personal data with anyone other than the parties involved in a particular instruction – i.e. the professional client, the lay client and the allocated advocate.
We will co-operate with law enforcement agencies as well as related third parties to enforce laws such as fraud or other rights.
Please note that Quest does not transfer data outside of the EEA. In the event there is a requirement to transfer data outside of the EEA, we will take all necessary steps to ensure the data is afforded the same safeguards and controls as those applied within the EEA.
Quest will retain data for as long as is reasonably necessary for the required services to be provided and it will not be retained indefinitely or for reasons incompatible with relevant data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation.
While we are in possession of or processing your personal data, you have the following rights regarding their personal information:
Should you wish to make a request to exercise any of the above rights you should contact us by email at email@example.com or write to us at:
Quest Legal Advocates
19 Albion Street
When contacting us please ensure that you provide relevant information to allow us to identify you and state the right or rights that you wish to exercise. We may need to contact you to request further information to verify your identity.
We will respond to you within one month from when we receive a valid request.
Quest is committed to maintaining privacy and the security of personal information we receive. Quest have appropriate measures, safeguards and policies in place to ensure that data is kept secure, is only accessed by those individuals authorised to do so and those individuals have a legitimate need to access the data.
If you have a complaint regarding any aspect of your personal data or this Policy, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the above address.
We aim to meet high standards and so our policies and processes are subject to review. Any changes to this Policy will be posted on this website and, where appropriate, through e-mail notification and will take effect immediately.