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Data Protection

The Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 regulates the use of personal information within all organisations, including Britain Solicitors. This also creates a legal right for those to request access to their personal information. The DPA expresses that any organisation that processes personal information must be open about how that information is used and must comply with eight data protection principles.

  • Processed fairly and lawfully
  • Processed only for specified and lawful purpose
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate and, where necessary, kept up-to-date
  • Not kept longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with an individual's rights under the Act
  • Kept secure
  • Not transferred to non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries without adequate protection
  • The DPA also gives individuals rights to:

  • Gain access to their data
  • Seek compensation for damage or distress caused by their data not being processed in accordance with the Act
  • Prevent their data being processed in certain circumstances
  • Accurate and, where necessary, kept up-to-date
  • Not kept longer than necessary
  • Opt out of having their data used for direct marketing at any time Subject access requests
  • Under the DPA, you can ask to see any personal information that we hold about you. Such requests are called subject access requests.

    If you would like to make a subject access request, please send us your complete details. You will also need to provide one form of identification and proof of your address, for example, staff pass, driving licence, utility bill and, if appropriate, any particulars about the source or location of the information you are requesting. There is a £20 fee for making a subject access request.

    These requirements and further details are outlined in the Subject access request.

    Please return complete information to:

    Information Compliance Officer
    Britain Solicitors (Head Office)
    170 Cranbrook Road Ilford Essex IG1 4LX
    Or via email to

    Further information about the DPA can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website.