In the course of its commercial activities and, in particular, providing services to its clients, Share Lawyers, P.C. LLP (“Share Lawyers, P.C.”) collects personal information about its clients, and others. This information may be used for contact purposes, and, more broadly, to communicate with our clients and others respecting legal affairs relevant to them and, more specifically, the services that we provide.
When we are retained to act on behalf of a client, we use, retain and disclose personal information on behalf of, and as instructed by, that client in connection with our advice. Our use, retention and disclosure of such information is governed by our duty of confidentiality to our client and, as applicable, by solicitor-client privilege.
Share Lawyers, P.C. recognizes the importance of protecting the personal information that it holds respecting its clients. This policy outlines the framework of Share Lawyers, P.C.’s policies and procedures regarding its collection, use, retention and disclosure of personal information in respect of its clients and others and supplements, where applicable, our professional obligations of confidentiality and solicitor/client privilege.
Our privacy principles only apply to personal information about identifiable individuals. They do not apply to business information. Personal information does not include the name, title, business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization. In the context of this policy, the term “clients” includes all current, former and prospective clients.
Why does Share Lawyers, P.C. Collect Personal Information?
Share Lawyers, P.C. collects personal information in order that it may provide legal services and products to its clients. In addition, we produce newsletters, papers and speak at seminars concerning legal developments, which we provide as a service to our clients and others in the legal and business community.
How do we Collect your Personal Information?
Share Lawyers, P.C. only collects personal information only by lawful and fair means and only that which is reasonably necessary for the purposes identified. Whenever possible, we collect personal information about clients and other individuals directly from those parties or through referrals by persons whom such parties have requested to provide us with such information.
Share Lawyers, P.C. may use your personal information for the following purposes:Disclosure of your Personal Information
Share Lawyers, P.C. will only disclose your personal information for purposes related to its providing of services to you, or with your express consent, or if required or authorized by law. For example, we may disclose your information:
- when the legal services we are providing to you require us to give your information to third parties (for example an insurance company or lawyer representing a defendant in a claim we are pursuing on your behalf)
- where it is necessary to establish or collect fees
- if we engage expert witnesses on your behalf
- if a court issues a subpoena
We may obtain your consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your information either expressly, for stated purposes (such as in a retainer letter or by completing one of our client publications request forms), or impliedly when the purposes are not stated expressly but are indicated by the relevant circumstances or follow logically from other expressly stated purposes. You may withdraw or amend any consent previously given by contacting us, subject to any legal or contractual restrictions and upon reasonable notice to us. For example, if you tell us that you no longer wish to receive our publications or information about our services, we will conform to your request.
Updating your Information
Since we use your personal information to provide legal services to you, it is important that the information be accurate and up-to-date.
If any of your information changes, please inform us so that we can make any necessary changes.
Is my Personal Information Secure?
Share Lawyers, P.C. uses appropriate security measures to protect against loss, theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, use or modification of personal information. Such measures will vary depending on the sensitivity, amount, format, nature and storage of the personal information and will involve, as applicable, physical, organizational and electronic security measures, including premises security, restricted file access to personal information, technological safeguards including security software and firewalls to prevent unauthorized computer access, and password and security policies.
Share Lawyers, P.C. requires that third party service providers to whom personal information may be transferred provide a level of security for such personal information that meets generally accepted industry standards.
In communicating with us, you should be aware that e-mail is not a fully secure medium.
Access to your Personal Information
We will respond promptly to any request for access to your personal information. There will be no cost for reasonable requests to such access, unless you request copies of records or your request involves significant retrieval costs. We will advise you of the cost, if any, prior to the retrieval of such records or information. Share Lawyers, P.C. will not respond to requests for access to personal information that are frivolous, vexatious or repetitious.
In certain circumstances, we may be unable to provide access to some or all of the personal information that we hold about you. Such circumstances include those in which the personal information cannot be separated from the records of others, cannot be disclosed for reasons of personal security or commercial confidentiality (including, in relation to Share Lawyers, P.C.) or is protected by professional standards relating to confidentiality or solicitor-client privilege.
If we hold information about you and you advise us that it is not accurate, complete and up-to-date, we will take appropriate steps to correct it.
Questions, Concerns, Requests for Access
If you have any questions or concerns, wish to access your personal information or wish to change your preferences regarding our use of your information, please contact us:
3442 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4N 2M9
T: (647) 370-9468
F: (416) 488-9004