Privacy policy in Australia

Last updated - March 2014

This Privacy Policy sets out how and why DLA Piper Australia ABN: 83 508 451 308 ('DLA Piper', 'we' or 'us') collect, store, use and disclose your personal information.

You may be able to deal with us without identifying yourself (ie anonymously or by using a pseudonym) in certain circumstances, such as when you use our website.

You do not have to provide us with your personal information but if you do not provide us with the personal information that we need, we may not be able to provide our services or assistance to you or our clients on your behalf.

By visiting our website, using any of our services or otherwise providing us with your personal information (or authorising it to be provided to us by someone else), you agree to your personal information being handled as set out in this Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy, and, where appropriate, as set out in our client agreement with you.

Revisions to this Privacy Policy

DLA Piper may update this Privacy Policy from time to time so please review it periodically for changes. If the changes are significant or substantive, they will either be advised to you in writing or posted on our website here.

Your continued use of our website or services, requesting our assistance or the provision of further personal information to us (directly or via an authorised person) after this Privacy Policy has been revised, constitutes your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy.

Why does DLA Piper collect and use personal information?

DLA Piper only collects, holds and uses personal information for the purposes for which it was provided to us, related purposes or as permitted or required by law. Such purposes may include:

  • providing you and/or our client with the services requested (generally legal services),and communicating about the same including in relation to billing
  • improving and marketing our services including developing our knowledge management resources, maintaining a database of clients and matters that record DLA Piper's experience globally, and supporting internal management reporting
  • responding to your and/or our clients' enquiries or providing you with assistance you have requested
  • processing application forms you have completed on various sections of the DLA Piper website
  • providing you with publications and event invitations based on the areas of interest and mailing lists that you subscribe to
  • quality assurance, IT security and operations, and training purposes
  • managing relationships with vendors/contractors/third parties
  • personnel management including recruitment of personnel, and/or
  • complying with our legal and professional obligations including checking for conflicts of interest, undertaking anti-money laundering checks and other client take on procedures.

In certain circumstances we may be required or permitted by law or Court or Tribunal order to collect certain personal information about you. For example, we may need to collect your name, residential address, date of birth, business name (if any), directorship appointments (if any) and to comply with Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism and Anti-Bribery and Corruption legislation (eg in Australia the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth)) or professional conduct and practice rules or legislation in the jurisdictions in which we operate.

What personal information does DLA Piper collect?

DLA Piper generally collects personal information such as:

  • your name
  • your contact details (eg address, email address, phone number)
  • details about your occupation
  • details about your professional memberships
  • details about your interests in areas of legal practice or events
  • information about your dealings with us or with our clients, and/or
  • information relevant to our work for you or our clients.

How does DLA Piper collect personal information?

DLA Piper may collect your personal information in various ways, including via telephone, our website, email or hardcopy and/or online forms. In most situations we collect your personal information directly from you.

However, we may also collect information from third parties, such as:

  • your insurer
  • a company in which you are a shareholder or officeholder
  • your employer
  • your family members, legal guardian and/or anyone you have authorised to deal with us on your behalf, and/or
  • anyone seeking our services in relation to their dealings with you.

On all occasions personal information is collected, held, used and disclosed by us in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Who does DLA Piper disclose personal information to?

DLA Piper is part of a global law firm operating through a number of separately constituted and regulated legal entities which provide legal and other client services in accordance with the relevant laws of the jurisdictions in which they respectively operate and DLA Piper may share your personal information with one or more of them. Details of the different DLA Piper entities that provide legal services or other services to clients in respect of each country in which DLA Piper carries on business can be found here.

DLA Piper's business in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific is governed by DLA Piper International LLP ("DLA Piper Int"). The members, partners or other principals of the various entities that provide client services in those regions are members of DLA Piper Int, unless they are prevented from doing so due to regulatory restrictions. DLA Piper Int is not engaged in the provision of legal or other client services but may be provided with your personal information for administrative purposes. Further information about DLA Piper Int can be found here.

When you provide personal information to DLA Piper or any entity forming part of DLA Piper Int you will often be providing it to other members of DLA Piper Int and sometimes be providing it to DLA Piper LLP (US). Your personal information may be accessed from countries outside your own country and/or the DLA Piper entity you instruct.

Your personal information may also be confidentially disclosed to other entities. Such entities generally include:

  • our third party service providers for the purpose of enabling them to provide, manage or administer a service offered through DLA Piper (such as our IT service providers, organisations providing secure storage and archiving services, and insurers)
  • your representatives (including your financial advisors) if you have provided consent for such disclosure
  • government bodies, regulators, law enforcement agencies and any other parties where authorised or required by law
  • any other entities identified at the time of collecting your personal information or to which we are legally required to disclose your personal information.

A number of these entities are located in countries outside of Australia (mostly in the United Kingdom). Where possible our contracts with these parties generally include an obligation for them to comply with Australian privacy law and this Privacy Policy.

How does DLA Piper protect personal information?

We take reasonable steps to protect any personal information that we hold from misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, alteration and disclosure. For example, we implement the following security measures:

  • security procedures for access to our business premises
  • security procedures within our offices
  • IT security procedures including password protection, firewalls, intrusion detection and site monitoring; and 
  • mandatory confidentiality guidelines for all staff within the business.

However, data protection measures are never completely secure and, despite the measures we have put in place, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information. You must take care to protect your personal information (for example, by protecting any usernames and passwords). You should notify us as soon as possible if you become aware of any security breaches.

Accessing your personal information held by DLA Piper

You may access personal information we hold about you, subject to a small number of legal restrictions or exemptions. Where such restrictions or exemptions exist we will advise you of those reasons at the time of your request.

If you wish to access the personal information we hold about you or request correction of it, you should contact the member of our staff responsible for your file or our General Counsel (using the contact details below).

While we do not charge you for a request for accessing your personal information you should be aware that we do charge a reasonable fee (which will be notified to you once you make a request) for time and cost in the following circumstances:

  • if an extended amount of time is required to collate and prepare material for you, and
  • if you wish to have your files photocopied for you. 

How can you correct and update your information?

We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, we also rely on you to advise us of any changes to your personal information.

Please contact us using the contact details below as soon as possible if there are any changes to your personal information or if you believe the personal information we hold about you is not accurate, complete or up-to-date so that we can update our records accordingly.

What do you need to do if you have a complaint?

If you wish to make a complaint about a breach of this Privacy Policy or the privacy laws of your local jurisdiction you can contact us using the details below. You will need to provide us with sufficient details regarding your complaint together with any supporting evidence.

Our General Counsel will investigate the issue and determine the steps (if any) that we will undertake to resolve your complaint. We will contact you if we require any additional information from you and will notify you in writing of the outcome of the investigation.

If you are not satisfied with our determination, you can contact us to discuss your concerns.

If your complaint relates to DLA Piper Australia, you can complain to the Australian Privacy Commissioner via www.oaic.gov.au.

Contact us

If you have a query relating to this Privacy Policy or wish to make a complaint, please contact us using the following contact details:

Amber Matthews

General Counsel
DLA Piper UK LLP
3 Noble St
London EC2V 7EE
United Kingdom
Phone +44 (0) 207 796 6406
Fax +44 (0) 207 796 6666
Email: amber.matthews@dlapiper.com