Confidential Advice

We are required by law and professionally to keep the affairs of clients confidential unless disclosure is required or permitted by law or the client consents. In particular, please note the following possible exceptions:-

(a)        Outsourcing - Sometimes we ask other companies or people to do other work on our files to ensure this is done promptly ie photocopying, typing, storage of files. We will always seek a confidentiality agreement with these outsourced providers. If you do not want your file to be outsourced, please tell us as soon as possible.

(b)        External Quality Checks -External firms or organisations may conduct audit or quality checks on our practice. These external firms or organisations are required to maintain confidentiality in relation to your files. Since very few of our clients do object to this I propose to assume that we do have your consent, unless you notify us to the contrary.

(c)        Required by law - Solicitors may be required by statute to make a disclosure to the Serious Organised Crime Agency where they know or suspect that a transaction may involve money laundering or terrorist financing or in certain circumstances, other statutory bodies ie DSS Fraud Office. If we make a disclosure in relation to your matter, we may not be able to tell you that a disclosure has been made. We may have to stop working on your matter for a period of time and may not be able to tell you why.

(d)        Conveyancing – You authorise us to disclose to all other parties in the chain of transactions and their agents and advisers, all information which we have in relation to your involvement in the transaction including any related sale or mortgage and other financial arrangements and wishes as to dates of exchange & completion. You may withdraw this authority at any time, but if you do so you should appreciate that we will inform the other party, their agents or advisers that this authority has been withdrawn.

23rd February 2019

Sarginsons Law