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Privacy Notice

Dated 4th November 2022

Issued by Lewin & Co Accountants Limited

Introduction


The Data Protection Act 2018 (“DPA 2018”) and the General Data Protection Regulation
(“GDPR”) impose certain legal obligations in connection with the processing of personal data.


Lewin & Co Accountants takes the protection of your privacy very seriously. We will only use your
personal information to deliver the services you have requested from us and to meet our legal
responsibilities.


We need to gather and use certain information and personal data about individuals. These can
include clients, suppliers, business contacts, employees and other people the organisation has a
relationship with or may need to contact. Personal data is any information relating to an identified or
identifiable living person. When collecting and using personal data, our policy is to be transparent
about why and how we process personal data.


We may amend this privacy notice from time to time. If we do so, we will supply you with and/or
otherwise make available to you a copy of the amended privacy notice.


Where we act as a data processor on behalf of a data controller (for example, when processing
payroll), we provide an additional schedule setting out required information as part of that
agreement. That additional schedule should be read in conjunction with this privacy notice.


Who are we?


Lewin & Co Accountants Limited is an accountancy, tax and business advisory firm. We are
registered in England and Wales under company number 10619635 and our registered office is:

 

27 High Street
Horley
Surrey
RH6 7BH


Telephone: 01293 263150


Email: info@lewinaccountants.co.uk


The purposes for which we intend to process personal data


We intend to process personal data for the following purposes:


• To enable us to supply professional services to you as our client.
• To fulfil our obligations under relevant laws in force from time to time (e.g. the Money
Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations
2017 (“MLR 2017”)).
• To comply with professional obligations to which we are subject as a member of the
association of accounting technicians
• To use in the investigation and/or defence of potential complaints, disciplinary proceedings and legal proceedings.
• To enable us to invoice you for our services and investigate/address any attendant fee disputes that may have arisen.
• To contact you about other services we provide which may be of interest to you if you have consented to us doing so.


The legal bases for our intended processing of personal data


Our intended processing of personal data has the following legal bases:


• At the time you instructed us to act, you gave consent to our processing your personal data for the purposes listed above.
• The processing is necessary for the performance of our contract with you.
• The processing is necessary for compliance with legal obligations to which we are subject (e.g. MLR 2017).

 

It is a requirement of our contract with you that you provide us with the personal data that we request. If you do not provide the information that we request, we may not be able to provide professional services to you. If this is the case, we will not be able to commence acting or will need to cease to act.

 

How do we collect personal data?


We obtain personal data about you when you engage us to deliver our services or make an enquiry into our services. This information can be obtained in a variety of ways, to include the following, but not limited to:


• You request a proposal from us in respect of the services we provide.
• You engage us to provide our services and also during the provision of those services.
• You contact us by email, telephone, post, through our website chat facility or by social media (for example, when you have a query about our services).
• From third parties and/or publicly available resources (for example HMRC, Companies House or a previous accountant/adviser).


What information do we hold?


The information we hold about you may include the following, but not limited to:


• Your personal details, such as your name, address, marital status, date of birth, gender and nationality.
• Your national insurance number and/ or your unique tax payer reference (UTR) number.
• Your tax codes.
• Your bank details.
• Your income details, for example, employment income and/or pension income.
• Details of contact we have had with you in relation to the provision, or the proposed provision, of our services.
• Details of any services you have received from us.
• Our correspondence and communications with you.
• Information about any complaints and enquiries you make to us.
• Information from research, surveys, and marketing activities.
• Information we receive from other sources, such as publicly available information and information from HMRC.


Persons/organisations to whom we may share your personal data


We may share your personal data with:


• HMRC
• any third parties with whom you require or permit us to correspond
• subcontractors
• Third party software providers such as cloud accounting software providers.
• an alternate appointed by us in the event of incapacity or death
• professional indemnity insurers
• our professional body The Association of Accounting Technicians in relation to practice assurance and/or the requirements of MLR 2017 (or any similar legislation)


If the law allows or requires us to do so, we may share your personal data with:


• the police and law enforcement agencies
• courts and tribunals
• the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”)

 

We may need to share your personal data with the third parties identified above in order to comply with our legal obligations, including our legal obligations to you. If you ask us not to share your personal data with such third parties, we may need to cease to act.


Transfers of personal data outside the EEA


We may transfer the personal data we collect about to countries outside of the EEA in order to perform our contract with you, which may happen if one of our service providers is located in a country outside the EEA. If we do transfer your personal information outside the EEA, we will make sure that it is protected in the same way as if it was being used in the EEA by use of specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe.


Retention of personal data


When acting as a data controller and in accordance with recognised good practice within the tax and accountancy sector we will retain all of our records relating to you as follows:


• where tax returns have been prepared it is our policy to retain information for 7 years from the end of the tax year to which the information relates.


• where ad hoc advisory work has been undertaken it is our policy to retain information for 7 years from the date the business relationship ceased.


• where we have an ongoing client relationship, data which is needed for more than one year’s tax compliance (e.g. capital gains base costs and claims and elections submitted to HMRC) is retained throughout the period of the relationship, but will be deleted 7 years after the end of the business relationship unless you as our client ask us to retain it for a longer period.


Our contractual terms provide for the destruction of documents after 7 years and therefore agreement to the contractual terms is taken as agreement to the retention of records for this period, and to their destruction thereafter.


You are responsible for retaining information that we send to you (including details of capital gains base costs and claims and elections submitted) and this will be supplied in the form agreed between
us. Documents and records relevant to your tax affairs are required by law to be retained by you as follows:


Individuals, trustees and partnerships


• with trading or rental income: five years and 10 months after the end of the tax year;
• otherwise: 22 months after the end of the tax year.

 

Companies, LLPs and other corporate entities


• six years from the end of the accounting period.


Where we act as a data processor as defined in DPA 2018, we will delete or return all personal data to the data controller as agreed with the controller at the termination of the contract.


Requesting personal data we hold about you (subject access requests)


You have a right to request access to your personal data that we hold. Such requests are known as ‘subject access requests’ (“SARs”).


Please provide all SARs in writing marked for the attention of Michael Lewin.

 

To help us provide the information you want and deal with your request more quickly, you should include enough details to enable us to verify your identity and locate the relevant information. For example, you should tell us:


1. your date of birth
2. previous or other name(s) you have used
3. your previous addresses in the past five years
4. personal reference number(s) that we may have given you, for example your national insurance number, your tax reference number or your VAT registration number
5. what type of information you want to know


If you do not have a national insurance number, you must send a copy of:


• the photo page of your passport or a copy of your driving licence; and
• a recent utility bill.


DPA 2018 requires that we comply with a SAR promptly and in any event within one month of receipt. There are, however, some circumstances in which the law allows us to refuse to provide access to personal data in response to a SAR (e.g. if you have previously made a similar request and there has been little or no change to the data since we complied with the original request).


We will not charge you for dealing with a SAR.


You can ask someone else to request information on your behalf – for example, a friend, relative or solicitor. We must have your authority to respond to a SAR made on your behalf. You can provide such authority by signing a letter which states that you authorise the person concerned to write to us for information about you, and/or receive our reply.


Where you are a data controller and we act for you as a data processor (e.g. by processing payroll), we will assist you with SARs on the same basis as is set out above.


Putting things right (the right to rectification)


You have a right to obtain the rectification of any inaccurate personal data concerning you that we hold. You also have a right to have any incomplete personal data that we hold about you completed. Should you become aware that any personal data that we hold about you is inaccurate and/or
incomplete, please inform us immediately so we can correct and/or complete it.


Deleting your records (the right to erasure)


In certain circumstances you have a right to have the personal data that we hold about you erased. Further information is available on the ICO website (www.ico.org.uk). If you would like your personal data to be erased, please inform us immediately and we will consider your request. In certain circumstances we have the right to refuse to comply with a request for erasure. If applicable, we will supply you with the reasons for refusing your request.


The right to restrict processing and the right to object


In certain circumstances you have the right to ‘block’ or suppress the processing of personal data or to object to the processing of that information. Further information is available on the ICO website (www.ico.org.uk). Please inform us immediately if you want us to cease to process your information or you object to processing so that we can consider what action, if any, is appropriate.


Obtaining and reusing personal data (the right to data portability)


In certain circumstances you have the right to be provided with the personal data that we hold about you in a machine-readable format, e.g. so that the data can easily be provided to a new professional adviser. Further information is available on the ICO website (www.ico.org.uk).


The right to data portability only applies:


• to personal data an individual has provided to a controller;
• where the processing is based on the individual’s consent or for the performance of a contract; and
• when processing is carried out by automated means

 

We will respond to any data portability requests made to us without undue delay and within one month. We may extend the period by a further two months where the request is complex or a number of requests are received but we will inform you within one month of the receipt of the request and explain why the extension is necessary.


Withdrawal of consent


Where you have consented to our processing of your personal data, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Please inform us immediately if you wish to withdraw your consent.


Please note:


• the withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of earlier processing
• if you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to continue to provide services to you
• even if you withdraw your consent, it may remain lawful for us to process your data on another legal basis (e.g. because we have a legal obligation to continue to process your data)


Complaints


If you have requested details of the information we hold about you and you are not happy with our response, or you think we have not complied with the GDPR or DPA 2018 in some other way, you can complain to us. Please send any complaints to Michael Lewin.


If you are not happy with our response, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the ICO (www.ico.org.uk).

 

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