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Data protection & privacy policy


Taylor Wessing LLP ("we/our") is committed to safeguarding your privacy.

This privacy policy sets out our approach to data privacy, explaining why and how we process your personal information ("personal data"), and your rights in relation to your personal data when you visit our public Outpace website ("Site"). This privacy policy is separate from the Privacy Notice applicable to client users of the Outplace Platform  at ("Platform").

Questions relating to this privacy policy, including any requests to exercise your legal rights in relation to your personal data, can be conducted via our email.


Who we are

Taylor Wessing LLP is the data controller processing your personal data in accordance with this privacy policy. We provide the Outpace service and Site and host the separate Outpace Platform.


Information we collect about you

Personal data are data which contain individual information on personal or factual circumstances for instance, name, address, email address, telephone number.

We may process your personal data (which we have either obtained directly from you or from somewhere else) if:

  • you are our prospective client;

  • you otherwise use our Site;

  • you work for a client, or for someone who otherwise uses our services; or

  • you are someone (or you work for someone) to whom we want to advertise or market our services or our events;


Personal data which is not collected directly from you may be collected from:

  • your employer in connection with your job and how it relates to us;

  • third parties we work closely with, including but not limited to, business partners, sub-contractors in technical, payment and delivery services, analytics providers, and search information providers;

  • Governmental bodies, regulators, institutions, courts or any other similar establishments; or

  • Your use of the Outpace Platform, subject to our separate Platform  Privacy Notice


Personal data collection methods we may use include:

  • communication in person;

  • communication by phone, email, SMS or any other electronic communication method;

  • communication by letters, notices, information sheets or any other paper-based communication methods;

  • using our Site, social media channels, or other technologies; or


Personal data relating to you that we may process includes:

  • “Identity data” including first name, last name or similar identifier, title, your job function, your employer or department;

  • “Contact data” including email address and telephone numbers (these details may relate to your work or to you personally, depending on the nature of our relationship with you or the company that you work for);

  • “Financial data” including bank account and other payment method details;

  • “Transaction data” including details about payments to and from you and other details of services you have received from us;

  • “Profile data” including your interests, feedback and survey responses. It also includes information you give us or that we obtain when you use our Site, obtain or subscribe to our services, enquire about the outpace service, place a service request, enter a survey, or contact us to report a problem, or do any of these things on behalf of the person that you work for;

  • “Client data” including information about how you use our services, Site and Platform as well as personal data which can include Identity, Contact, Financial, Transaction and Profile Data of you and/or your, employees or employers, or other third persons about whom we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you;

  • “Marketing and communications data” including your preferences in receiving marketing from us and your communication preferences. This may include information about events or meetings to which you or your colleagues are invited, and your personal data and preferences to the extent that this information is relevant to organising and managing those gatherings (for example, your dietary requirements, but excluding sensitive data); and

  • “Technical data” including:

    •  The Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform;

    • Information about your visit to our Site, such as the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL), clickstream to, through and from our website (including date and time), services viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), methods used to browse away from a page, any phone number used to call our central switchboard number, and direct dials or social media handles used to connect with our fee earners or other employees; and

    • Identifiers associated with your device to enable us to recognise your mobile browser or device when you return to the Site.

    • Location information by reference to look-up of your country of location by reference to your IP address against public sources; and/or your Identifier for Advertisers (IFA) code for your Apple device, or the Android ID for your Android device, or a similar device identifier. See our cookie policy for more information on the use of cookies and device identifiers.


Legal bases for processing of personal data

We will only process personal data if we have a lawful reason for doing so. The legal basis for processing personal data by us will be one of the following:

  • the data subject (you) has given consent to the processing of personal data for one or more specific purposes (“consent”);

  • the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract you are party to or in order to take steps at your request prior to you entering into a contract;

  • the processing is necessary in order for us to comply with our legal obligations;

  • the processing is necessary for the pursuit of our legitimate business interests.

How do we use your information
Cookies and other technologies

Our use of cookies and other similar technologies to process personal data is explained in our Cookie policy  which you can read.


Our updates and communications

  • Where permitted in our legitimate interest or with your prior consent where required by law, we will use your personal data for marketing analysis and to provide you with newsletters and information about events and our services by email, letter, telephone or using our Site or Platform.

  • You can object to receiving further marketing at any time by using the "contact us" link on our Site and informing us accordingly, updating your contact details within your account, or selecting the "unsubscribe" link at the end of any of our marketing communications to you. We will then delete the majority of your personal data used for marketing and not related to the provision of our services, retaining only what is necessary to record that you do not want to receive these communications from us.


Who we give your personal data to

We may share your personal data with:

  • Any other member of the Taylor Wessing group, which means any Taylor Wessing firm and their subsidiaries and affiliates, who support our processing of personal data under this privacy policy.

  • Appropriate third parties including:

    • our business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into or other dealings we have in the normal course of business with you;

    • our auditors, legal advisors and other professional advisors or service providers;

    • company data providers and similar information providers for the purpose of carrying out our client and matter acceptance checks (including client due diligence) in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

  • In relation to personal data obtained via our Site:

    • analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our Site, subject to the cookie section of this privacy policy.


We may disclose your personal data to appropriate third parties:

  • in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we will disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets, subject to the terms of this privacy policy;

  • if a Taylor Wessing firm or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data it holds about its clients will be one of the transferred assets;

  • if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our contractual terms or other agreements with you; or

  • to protect the rights, property, or safety of Taylor Wessing, our clients, or others. This includes exchanging data with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction and to prevent cybercrime.


Where do we transfer/store your personal data?
The data that we process in relation to you is stored in the United Kingdom (UK), It may however  be processed by staff situated outside the  UK and the EEA who works for us or for one of our suppliers.


We may transfer your personal data outside the UK and the EEA in order to:

  • enable us to provide products or services to (and fulfil our contract with) you. This includes order fulfilment, processing of payment details, and the provision of support services;

  • meet any legal requirement to transfer such personal data outside the UK and theEEA.


In particular, we may transfer your personal data to the following countries outside the UK and the EEA:

Where your personal data is transferred outside the UK and the EEA, we will ensure that a transfer only takes place if an appropriate level of protection exists with the recipient and suitable safeguards are provided. 

How do we protect your personal data?

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used, altered, disclosed or accessed in an unauthorised way. For example, all personal data you provide to us is stored on our secure servers.


In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to access your data. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.


We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.


Our Site may, from time to time, contain links to external websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or the content of such websites.


How long do we keep your personal data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.


To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

For further details regarding our retention periods please send an email.


In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you and is not considered as personal data anymore) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use these data indefinitely without notifying you.


Your rights

You have the right under certain circumstances to:

  • withdraw your consent: Where the processing of your personal data by us is based on consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent without detriment at any time by contacting us at the contact details at the end of this privacy policy. You can also change your marketing preferences at any time as described in the 'Our updates and communications' section.

  • be informed by us about the personal data concerning you, i.e. you might receive information about the personal data processed by us about you;

  • request the rectification or erasure of your personal data held by us;

  • request that we restrict the processing of your personal data (while we verify or investigate your concerns with this personal data, for example);

  • under certain circumstance object to the further processing of your personal data including the right to object to marketing as mentioned in 'Our updates and communications' section of this document; and

  • data portability, i.e., receiving your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.


How to exercise your rights

You can also exercise the rights listed above at any time by contacting us


What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.


Time limit to respond

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.


You have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about our processing of your personal data. The UK supervisory authority is the Information Commissioner.


Changes to this privacy policy


We may from time to time make changes to this privacy policy. Any changes will be published here on our Site (and in the case of substantive changes, will be notified to you by email) and will be effective as of the date of publication (which will also be noted on our Site). This privacy policy was last updated in 5th February 2024.

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