Legal Status and Regulation
GQ|Littler is a trading name of GQ Employment Law LLP which is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC372363. Our registered office and principal place of business is at 21 Ironmonger Lane, London, EC2V 8EY. The word “partner” is used to refer to a member of GQ Employment Law LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications and to a partner, member, employee or consultant in any affiliated business who has equivalent standing. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 566540. All references on this website to "we", "us", "our", "GQ" and “GQ|Littler” should be read as referring to GQ Employment Law LLP.
We are registered for VAT purposes and our VAT registration number is GB 982 973 069.
We are a member of Littler Global which is a Swiss verein. All legal services are provided through independent members of Littler Global. We provide services in relation to English law (and other jurisdictions in which our lawyers are qualified to practice) and other member firms provide services in relation to the jurisdictions in which they are qualified to practice. We use the terms “Littler” or “Littler Global” as the collective name for the international legal practice which operates through each of the member firms. We provide services in relation to English law. For further details and a list of the member firms from time to time please visit www.littler.com/legal-notice.
The following notice is provided as required by the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 and in the spirit of transparency. In operating our business we act as the data controller in relation to the following data of individuals associated with our current, past and prospective corporate clients, our individual clients and other contacts of the firm such as barristers, suppliers, co-counsel, potential recruits and other lawyers to whom we make or receive referrals.
- Marketing Data. We operate a customer relationship management database which includes details of individual contacts employed by our current, former and prospective clients together with other professional contacts of the firm. The information we hold includes individual contact details, details of our interactions, past work and work opportunities. This information is processed for our legitimate business purpose of marketing our services to interested persons, operating our business and managing our client and other external relationships. We do not systematically share marketing information with third parties. On occasion we may share limited details with other Littler Global member firms or other firms with whom we have a close relationship, but we only do this on a case by case basis where one of our fee earners believes that you or your organisation may be interested in a wider service offering. Where we provide such information to Littler Global entities outside the EEA we transfer such data under the terms of a model agreement. Records are held in our database for the lifespan of our relationship and are reviewed and purged once a year by our fee earners to remove contacts who we believe are no longer interested in our practice. If you would prefer not to be included in our customer relationship management database, please let us know.
- Client Mailings. We publish a monthly email newsletter and we periodically email our clients and contacts with invitations to events and other developments in the law and our practice. All our communications include an opt out mechanism. We welcome feedback and you can also opt out at any time by emailing us at email@example.com.
- Client Due Diligence. In common with other EU law firms we carry out due diligence on our individual clients and on officers and the beneficial owners of our corporate clients. Where you are an individual providing this information please see the following notice: “GQ Employment Law LLP acts as data controller in relation to either: (i) the client due diligence information requested by us and provided by you or on your behalf; or (ii) information about you which is obtained from reputable public and private compliance databases. Such data is processed for the purpose of complying with our legal obligations and our legitimate interest in ensuring that our clients share our values. This information is not shared with third parties except where we instruct other law firms or professional service firms as part of the work we have been asked to do (in which case this disclosure may involve a transfer outside the EEA which will be legitimized on an ad hoc basis). We may also share this information with the authorities and this information is typically retained for at least seven years after the client relationship ends although we may hold it for longer periods where necessary to defend against legal claims. You have the right of access, rectification and erasure and you may complain to the Information Commissioner”.
- Conflict Database. We maintain a conflicts database which includes details of the name of our client, the nature of the matter and the names of any adverse parties. We also provide these details to Littler Mendleson PC (a member of Littler Global) to allow them to operate our global conflicts database and this involves the transfer of personal data to the USA under the terms of a model agreement. This information is typically retained by us for 7 years after the relevant client ceases to be a client of Litter and by Littler Mendelson PC for 10 years. This information is processed for the purpose of our complying with our legal obligations and our legitimate interests in ensuring that we remain aligned with the commercial interests of our clients.
- Candidates. Should you apply for a role with us either directly or via a recruitment agent, you understand that, in order to process your application for employment, we will process information about you from your CV and other information provided by you or on your behalf. Where you apply through an agent we may also be provided with their assessment of your suitability and our expectation is that before approaching us your agent will have: (a) drawn your attention to this notice; and (b) obtained your express consent to submit your application to us. During the recruitment process we may also take up references on you and make notes about you for the purpose of assessing your suitability for employment. You understand that if you receive and accept an offer of employment with us, you will have to provide proof of your right to work in the UK and a failure to provide this will mean that we are unable to hire you. Information about your application may be shared with any Littler Global member firm in the countries in which Littler Global operates (in particular the USA) and where we have a model agreement in place to ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place. If you are successful in obtaining employment with us, then a separate notice will be provided to you. If you are not successful, then we will usually delete your CV and associated records within 6 months of receiving it unless we agree to a different arrangement with you.
In common with most businesses, we use outsourced IT solutions who operate as processors on our behalf. Our marketing database provider and email marketing provider which we use to send our newsletters both host their data on servers which are located in the United States and participate in Privacy Shield.
Our terms of business address the basis on which we handle personal data in the course of providing our legal services. We are required to inform data subjects that they have (or may have) rights of access, rectification and erasure and to complain to the Information Commissioner.
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Terms of Business
When contacting us to discuss your requirements please do not disclose any confidential information to us unless and until we agree to act for you. We owe no duty of confidentiality in relation to unsolicited disclosures of information by persons or entities that are not clients. If we agree to act for you the terms of our engagement will be set out in a formal engagement letter. In the absence of any agreement to the contrary you agree to contract with us on our standard terms of business.
Use of Website and Client Mailings - Disclaimer
The contents of our website and our client mailings are for general information purposes only. We give no warranty (express or implied) as to its accuracy, have no obligation to keep it updated and we do not accept any liability for any error or omission. Nothing on our website constitutes legal advice or creates a professional adviser-client relationship. If you have a particular situation on which you require advice, please contact one of our Partners directly or email us at email@example.com.
We shall not be liable for any loss or damage that you suffer (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from you using the site or any material contained in it or accessed through this site.
We endeavour to ensure that this site is available 24 hours a day. We will not be liable if (for any reason) the site is unavailable at any time. By accessing any part of this site, you are deemed to have accepted these terms in full.
These terms are governed by and construed in accordance with English Law.
Our emails and any attachments are confidential, except where the email in question states it can be disclosed. The content of our emails may also be privileged. If an email from us is received in error, please do not disclose the contents to anyone, but notify the sender by return email and delete this email (and any attachments) from your system.
Last updated 11 June 2018