Emil Ford Lawyers

Privacy Policy

A Policy of Emil Ford Lawyers


1.    Introduction

In this Privacy Policy, 'us' 'we' or 'our' means Emil Ford Lawyers (ABN 22 813 088 303). We are committed to respecting your privacy. Our Privacy Policy sets out how we collect, use, store and disclose your personal information.

By providing personal information to us, you consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and any other arrangements that apply between us. We may change our Privacy Policy from time to time by publishing changes to it on our website. We encourage you to check our website periodically to ensure that you are aware of our current Privacy Policy.

Personal information is information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable whether the information or opinion is true or not; and whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not. For example, this may include your name, age, gender, postcode and contact details.

2.    What personal information do we collect?

We may collect the following types of personal information:

(a)         name;

(b)         mailing or street address;

(c)         email address;

(d)         telephone and other contact details;

(e)         age or date of birth;

(f)          job title or position and employment history;

(g)         memberships of associations and boards;

(h)         if necessary to advise you, financial and/or health information;

(i)          your device ID, device type, geo-location information, computer and connection                       information, statistics on page views, traffic to and from the sites, ad data, IP address               and standard web log information;

(j)          details of the services we have provided to you or that you have enquired about,                        including any additional information necessary to deliver those services and respond                  to your enquiries;

(k)         any other personal information that may be required in order to facilitate your                           dealings with us. 

3.    How do we collect and hold personal information?

We may collect these types of personal information either directly from you, or from third parties. We may collect this information when:

(a)          you communicate with us through correspondence, conversations and meetings or                    when you share information with us by other means;

(b)          you interact with our sites, services, content and advertising; or

(c)          we collect information from third parties, including through subpoenas and discovery.

In addition, if you apply for a job or position with us we may collect certain information from you (including your name, contact details, working history and relevant records checks) from any recruitment consultant, your previous employers and others who may be able to provide information to us to assist in our decision on whether or not to make you an offer of employment or engage you under a contract. This Privacy Policy does not apply to acts and practices in relation to employee records of our current and former employees, which are exempt from the Privacy Act.

4.    Why do we collect, use and disclose personal information?

We may collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for the following purposes:

(a)          to provide or market our services to you;

(b)          to enable us to act for you effectively;

(c)          to comply with our legal obligations; and

(d)          to consider your employment application.

5.    Do we use your personal information for direct marketing?

We may send you direct marketing communications and information about our services. This may take the form of emails, mail or other forms of communication, in accordance with the Spam Act and the Privacy Act. You may opt-out of receiving marketing materials from us by contacting us using the details set out below or by using the opt-out facilities provided (eg. an unsubscribe link).

6.    To whom might we disclose your personal information?

We may disclose personal information for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy to:

(a)          other parties and their legal representatives;

(b)          professional advisers and agents ;

(c)          specific third parties authorised by you to receive information held by us; and/or

(d)         other persons, including government agencies, regulatory bodies and law enforcement                agencies, or as required, authorised or permitted by law.

7.    Disclosure of personal information outside Australia

We may disclose personal information outside of Australia to countries where our cloud providers are located or if your matter involves people overseas.

We will, however, take reasonable steps to ensure that any overseas recipient will deal with such personal information in a way that is consistent with the Australian Privacy Principles.

8.    Using our website and cookies

We may collect personal information about you when you use and access our website.

While we do not use browsing information to identify you personally, we may record certain information about your use of our website, such as which pages you visit, the time and date of your visit and the internet protocol address assigned to your computer.

We may also use 'cookies' or other similar tracking technologies on our website that help us track your website usage and remember your preferences. Cookies are small files that store information on your computer, TV, mobile phone or other device. They enable the entity that put the cookie on your device to recognise you across different websites, services, devices and/or browsing sessions. You can disable cookies through your internet browser but our websites may not work as intended for you if you do so.

9.     Security

We may hold your personal information in either electronic or hard copy form. We take reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, interference and loss, as well as unauthorised access, modification or disclosure and we use a number of physical, administrative, personnel and technical measures to protect your personal information. However, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information.

10.    Data breaches

In the event of a data breach, we will follow our data breach response plan.

11.    Links

Our website may contain links to websites operated by third parties. Those links are provided for convenience and may not remain current or be maintained. Unless expressly stated otherwise, we are not responsible for the privacy practices of, or any content on, those linked websites, and have no control over or rights in those linked websites. The privacy policies that apply to those other websites may differ substantially from our Privacy Policy, so we encourage individuals to read them before using those websites.

12.    Accessing or correcting your personal information

You can access the personal information we hold about you by contacting us using the information below. Sometimes, we may not be able to provide you with access to all of your personal information or in the way you request. Where this is the case, we will give you written notice of the reasons why. We may also need to verify your identity when you request your personal information. We may charge you a fee to cover our costs in providing you access to the information.

If you think that any personal information we hold about you is inaccurate, please contact us and we will take reasonable steps to ensure that it is corrected.

13.    Making a complaint

Any concerns about the way we have handled personal information should be directed in writing to us. We consider all complaints and respond by taking any reasonable steps we consider necessary. We will notify you of our response. If you are not satisfied with our response, you may complain to the Australian Information Commissioner:

Street Address: Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000
Mailing address: GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001
Fax: +61 2 9284 9666
Email: enquiries@oaic.gov.au

14.    Enquiries

For further information about our Privacy Policy or practices, or to access or correct your personal information, or make a complaint, please contact us using the details set out below:

Privacy Compliance Officer
Emil Ford Lawyers
Level 5, 580 George St
Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 9267 9800

Effective: February 2018



Suite 4 Level 5
580 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9267 9800
Fax: +61 2 9283 2553