Privacy policy

This Privacy Policy explains in general terms how we protect the privacy of your personal information under the National Privacy Principles. It also sets out the matters which we are required to disclose to individuals under National Privacy Principles 1.3 and 1.5.

Gaining access to information we hold about you

We will, on request, provide you with access to the personal information we hold about you unless there is an exception which applies under the Privacy Act such as where we have a legal duty of confidentiality or non-disclosure as mentioned above. If you wish to gain access to your personal information, please contact us.

How we collect your personal information

We generally collect your personal information directly from you. Generally, the type of personal information we collect about you includes your name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.

Our disclosure statement

We collect personal information for the following purposes:

  • to provide you (if a client) or your organisation with legal advice; or
  • to advise you of legal developments, seminars and events and to undertake other marketing activities.

If you do not provide the information requested, we may not be able either to provide you with appropriate legal advice or to fulfil another applicable purpose of collection.

How we use or disclose your personal information

We will use and disclose personal information for the primary purpose for which it was collected. We may also use and disclose personal information for purposes related or ancillary to the main reasons we collect it. We do not disclose personal information we collect to third parties for the purpose of allowing them to direct market their products and services.

Other people’s information which you provide to us

If you provide personal information to us about someone else (such as one of your directors or employees or someone with whom you have dealings) you must ensure that you are entitled to disclose that information to us and that, without us taking any further steps required by privacy laws, we may collect, use and disclose such information for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy.

Our duty of confidentiality and obligations of non-disclosure

We have a duty to maintain the confidentiality of our clients’ affairs, including personal information. We may be subject to obligations of non-disclosure in respect of personal information which we hold arising from the fiduciary duties we owe our clients, or as a result of professional conduct rules which apply to us. In many cases, information which we hold will be subject to legal professional privilege and we will therefore not be obliged to disclose it.