Bennett Gastle Professional Corporation (“Bennett Gastle”) is a law firm that recognizes the importance of privacy and the sensitivity of personal information. We take your privacy very seriously. Do not send private, confidential, or sensitive information to our firm through our website.
Bennett Gastle does not guarantee the confidentiality of any communications sent by e-mail or through its website, or left in voicemail messages on firm telephones. Unsolicited information and material may not be treated as confidential and will not be protected by any solicitor-client privilege. Accessing or using this website does not create a solicitor-client relationship. Although the use of the web site may facilitate access to or communications with members of our firm by e-mail or voicemail, receipt of any such communications or transmissions by any member of Bennett Gastle does not create a solicitor-client relationship, unless our firm agrees to represent you.
Consent to Our Collection of Personal Information
In most cases, we obtain your consent to collect, use and disclose your personal information. Usually, if you retain our firm, we assume that we have your implied consent to our collection and use of your personal information, however, at times we may ask for your express consent, either verbally or in writing. Generally, we collect your personal information directly from you at the start of or during the course of your retainer with our firm. Sometimes we may obtain information about you from other sources such as a government registry or other professionals who serve you.
Use of Personal Information at Bennett Gastle
We use your personal information to provide legal advice and services to you, to issue invoices and to maintain our database of clients and contacts. Only with your express consent will we use your contact information (name and e-mail address) so that we may communicate with you about recent developments in the law, keep you abreast of Bennett Gastle news and invite you to our firm events.
Withdrawal of Consent
You may withdraw your consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information at any time, subject to legal and/or contractual restrictions and upon reasonable notice. Your withdrawal of consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information may impact our ability to represent you and provide you with legal advice.
You can ask us not to send you marketing communications by following the opt-out instructions in each communication or by contacting our privacy contact listed below.
Disclosure of Personal Information
Generally, we do not disclose your personal information to third parties without your consent unless permitted or required by applicable laws or court orders. The following are some examples where we may disclose your personal information: such disclosure is necessary to collect fees or disbursements; we contract with a third party to provide us with certain services such as archival file storage or insurance; (in such cases, we will use contractual or other means to ensure the third party service provider is bound by obligations regarding privacy which are consistent with this policy); or we engage expert witnesses or other law firms on your behalf.
Accuracy of Your Information
It is important that the information that we have on file be accurate and up-to-date. If, during the course of the retainer, any of your information changes, please inform us so that we can make any necessary changes. We may also ask you from time to time whether your personal information is up-to-date.
No system is perfect. However, Bennett Gastle uses various safeguards to ensure that your personal information is protected against loss, theft, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying or alteration. These include: security of our physical premises; our professional obligations; security software and firewalls to prevent unauthorized computer access or “hacking”; and internal passwords that restrict access to our electronic files.
Bennett Gastle will respond to inquiries about its policies and practices relating to its handling of your personal information. Inquiries should be directed to Chuck Gastle using the contact information below. Bennett Gastle will investigate all complaints and will respond within 30 days of receipt of a written inquiry. If the complaint is found to be justified, Bennett Gastle will take appropriate measures to resolve it, including, if necessary, amending this Policy and its procedures.
On our website, like most other commercial websites, we may monitor traffic patterns, site usage and related site information in order to optimise our web service. We may provide aggregated information to third parties, but these statistics do not include any identifiable personal information.
We do not sell or relinquish client and network organization information. We do not disclose client information unless it has been pre-approved by you or unless required by law. This principle applies to existing, past and prospective clients.
If you have any questions or complaints about this Policy or the handling of your personal information, if you wish to withdraw your consent to our use of your personal information, or to request access to or update any information we have on file, please contact the lawyer with whom you are dealing, or contact:
Bennett Gastle Professional Corporation
27 Old Kingston Road
Toronto, ON M1E 3J6
Tel: (416) 361-3319
Fax: (416) 361-1530