As of 31st January 2013, due to changes in the Bar Code of Conduct and the introduction of the Standard Conditions of Contract for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012, all members of Chambers are willing to accept instructions on Chambers’ Standard Contractual Terms (available here), the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms (available here) or COMBAR basis A (available here). Unless any preference is expressed at the time of booking, the booking will be accepted subject to Chambers Standard Contractual Terms. Members of Chambers are willing to consider alternative terms on a case-by-case basis, for further information, please contact our Clerks.

Privacy and Data Protection Policy

College Chambers is an Unincorporated Association limited by its Constitution and is a Processor within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The individual barristers who work in chambers are Controllers within the meaning of the GDPR. This policy statement applies to chambers generally as well as to the individual barristers who work at College Chambers.

We only collect such information from our clients (both professional clients such as solicitors and individual clients and corporations) as is strictly necessary for the following purposes:

Identification of our clients for regulatory and professional purposes

Contractual confirmation of our instructions

Collection of fees

Professional accounting and HMRC compliance

Advice and representation in connection with our clients’ legal affairs and in relation to dispute resolution

We only use this information in connection with our clients’ legal affairs and the disputes upon which our advice and representation is sought. We do not share this information with anyone else save for our clients’ solicitors and other expert advisers connected with the case and those legally entitled to receive it, such as the Courts and Tribunals where we are instructed, and for our own accounting, legal and regulatory requirements. We treat the information provided to us in our clients’ files and papers and in meetings and conferences with the strictest professional confidence.

The only circumstances in which we will disclose confidential information to anyone else is if some statutory or other legal requirement compels us to do so, for example if we suspect money laundering, terrorism or a child’s life is in danger. In those circumstances we may make a disclosure to a governmental agency, the police or other regulatory authorities without first obtaining our clients’ consent or telling them that we have done so. This is a “protected disclosure”.

It is a condition of our retention as barristers that we may communicate with our clients by email, using our chambers secure webmail address. We do not permit information to be transmitted outside the EU save where our clients agree to make use of such facilities as “Face Time” or “Skype” for conference purposes. We only retain information in connection with the matters upon which we are called upon to advise or represent our clients in connection with the case, and we only do so for so long as is required for our own professional indemnity purposes (normally six years but this may sometimes be longer) or as may be required by law.

We do not retain any information about our non-professional clients for marketing purposes but we may retain identification information about our professional clients for the purposes of contacting them in connection with related services we provide such as inviting them to lectures and other professional events that we put on from time to time.

We recognise that our clients have various rights under the GDPA including the right to access a copy of the information we hold on them. We will not refuse any reasonable request for information save where we have ourselves had to make a protected disclosure.

Our Data Protection Officer is Charlotte Kelly.