Blomfield Legal is committed to complying with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles, which set out how private sector organisations must handle and treat "personal information" and "sensitive information".
"Personal information" means information or opinions about an individual whose identity can be apparent or can reasonably be ascertained from the information.
"Sensitive information" means personal information or an opinion about your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious beliefs or affiliations, philosophical beliefs, membership of a trade union, sexual preferences or practices, criminal record. It also includes your health information or genetic information.
What personal information does Blomfield Legal collect, and how?
In all cases, Blomfield Legal will only collect personal information by lawful and fair means and not in an unreasonably intrusive way.
Blomfield Legal Client
When you provide Blomfield Legal with instructions, we may collect personal information about you, such as:
- your name,
- contact details,
- financial and banking details and
- any other personal information (including sensitive information) that you provide us in connection with receiving legal services.
Blomfield Legal collects this personal information to provide you with the legal services you have requested, and so we can facilitate the payment of fees and disbursements that you owe to third parties or us.
Occasionally we may use your contact details to provide legal updates and invites to workshops and events that we believe may be of interest to you. At any time, you may opt-out of receiving these communications by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blomfield Legal will usually only collect personal information directly from you unless you have provided us with consent or authorised by law to collect the data from a third party. For example, suppose Blomfield Legal collects personal information about you from a third party. In that case, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that you are aware of the identity of the third party, their contact details, the purposes for which the information is collected. We will also provide you advice on how to access the information, the law that compels the collection of the information and the main consequences to you if all or part of the information is not provided.
If you are a business service provider to Blomfield Legal, personal information about you, including your name, company title, contact and banking details, may be collected for us to contact you and to facilitate payment of any applicable service fees.
Blomfield Legal will, from time to time, advertise positions and vacancies within the company. Blomfield Legal will collect personal information from you if you submit an employment application, including personal information from referees and past employers set out in your resume and employment application. With your consent or if authorised by law, Blomfield Legal may, in some situations, also collect further information about you, which could include a record check with the NSW Police.
How Blomfield Legal may use your personal information
Blomfield Legal will only use the personal information collected for the primary and related purposes disclosed when the information is collected (for example, for the provision of legal advice or to appraise your employment application) as set out in this Policy.
When Blomfield Legal can disclose your personal information
As a client of Blomfield Legal, Blomfield Legal may disclose your personal information to third parties to provide services in connection with the services you have requested. The third parties that Blomfield Legal may disclose your personal information to include, but are not limited to, barristers and experts (e.g. accountant, science, medical), Courts or Tribunals and regulators.
Blomfield Legal may also disclose personal information about you to service providers that assist Blomfield Legal in operating its general business.
Where required or permitted by law, Blomfield Legal may disclose personal information about you to other third parties.
Retention of Personal Information
Blomfield Legal will only retain personal information for as long as required by law and needed for our business functions and activities, including providing legal services you have requested.
The quality of the personal information Blomfield Legal collects uses and discloses
Blomfield Legal continually reviews the information it collects, uses and discloses to ensure that it is accurate, complete and up-to-date.
How Blomfield Legal keeps your personal information secure
Blomfield Legal protects your personal information from unauthorised access, modification, use and disclosure.
Personal information held by Blomfield Legal is kept in a secured environment whether that information is stored on paper or by an electronic means. We ensure that only authorised personnel, agents, and contractors have access to your personal information.
Blomfield Legal takes all reasonable steps to ensure that personal information that is no longer needed or required to be held by law is securely destroyed.
Anonymity & Pseudonymity
You are entitled to make a request for us to deal with you on an anonymous basis or through the use of a pseudonym. We will agree to the request if it is practicable and legal to do so. However, due to the nature of Blomfield Legal's services, it is anticipated that it will be impracticable to do so in almost all circumstances.
Blomfield Legal will only engage in direct marketing under the law. At any time, you may contact Blomfield Legal to request that we no longer provide you with marketing material. Blomfield Legal will promptly action all such requests. Alternatively, you may click the unsubscribe link for email marketing communications, and you will be deleted from our marketing list.
Access or correct personal information held by Blomfield Legal
Blomfield Legal will provide you with access to your personal information held subject to the exemptions provided under the Privacy Act and our obligations of client legal privilege and confidentiality.
Blomfield Legal requires any request for access or correction to your personal information to be in writing with the appropriate proof of identification, such as a certified copy of your passport or drivers licence email to email@example.com or addressed to:
PO Box 1426
Blomfield Legal will consider your access request and endeavour to respond to your request within 14 business days.
There is no cost for requesting to access or correct personal information about you, and Blomfield Legal will ordinarily not charge for the cost of providing you with access to your personal information (for example, photocopying charges).
If Blomfield Legal is required to decline your request to access or correct your personal information, we will provide reasons for our decision.
Transfer of personal information outside Australia
With your consent or where related to the primary purpose of collecting your personal information, Blomfield Legal may transfer your personal information overseas, for example, to an overseas legal agent.
If you have any concerns or complaints regarding how Blomfield Legal has handled personal information, don't hesitate to get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post:
PO Box 1426
Griffith NSW 2689
On receipt of your complaint, Blomfield Legal will investigate the concern or complaint and endeavour to respond within 14 business days, unless extenuating circumstances exist. Blomfield Legal will take immediate steps to redress any proven privacy issues or breaches.
If you are not satisfied with Blomfield Legal's response or would like to complain about how we have handled your personal information. In that case, you can contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on 1300 363 992.
This Policy is subject to regular review. Last reviewed 18.11.2021