• There are more than 150 law firms in Bedfordshire. What makes OVAL LAW so different?

    Over 30 years experience.
    Extensive Local knowledge.
    Corporate Companies and Individuals.
    We visit your premises...
    because we know your time is valuable.

  • BUSINESS... is all about taking risks and reaping the rewards.

    We have the experience and understanding to help you protect what is most important to you.

  • Is your priority PROTECTING YOUR WEALTH and providing for those close to you?

    We help you eliminate unnecessary risks and minimise those that remain.

For sound, down-to-earth, legal advice. Contact Oval Law on 01234 860856

WELCOME TO OVAL LAW

Your local Law Firm for Business, Family and Private Client Matters

Oval Law is an independent law firm with offices in Biddenham in Bedfordshire. Our clients are based all across the UK, but particularly in the Home Counties, the East Midlands and East Anglia. The most important attribute for any lawyer is to deliver high quality work for clients. We are fully committed to this goal, in all areas of law.

At Oval Law, we create options to achieve realistic and attainable goals, offering guidance to assist decision-making in a commercial context.

We offer a very personal service, in particular, by visiting our clients at their premises (or home). This firstly saves our clients valuable travelling time and costs; secondly, it gives us valuable insight as to how their business operates.

To view our fee structure please visit our portal

  • CLIENT TESTIMONIAL
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    Best experience from a solicitor with regard to personal help and advice we have had.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
  • COMMERCIAL LAW

    We assist our corporate, industrial and commercial clients manage their internal processes; address regulatory compliance issues; provide legal advice on contracts and disputes which encompasses corporate structuring, buying and selling businesses; terms of trade; preparing business contracts; managing and assisting with resolving commercial disputes.

    • Agricultural Matters
    • Commercial Property
    • Settlement Agreements
    • Property Development
  • FAMILY LAW

    The financial implications of the divorce or relationship breakdown can cause concerns. Our team is experienced in dealing with all types of financial resolutions. We can advise you in connection with agreements made in mediation or we can negotiate a settlement on your behalf or represent you in Court proceedings. We can also advise you on the division of matrimonial assets, maintenance payments and also in connection with any pension.

    • Divorce
    • Maintenance
    • Civil Partnerships
    • Male Representation
  • PRIVATE CLIENT

    With one-to-one legal advice and guidance, Oval Law can guide you through drafting and preparing your Will, administering the estate of a loved one, appointing an attorney and setting up a Trust Deed. We can help you to minimise tax liabilities and protect yourself and your family for the future. Whether you have modest assets or high net worth, we provide the same professional and personal service to help you plan ahead.

    • Wills & Probate
    • Living Wills
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Inheritance Tax
SOLICITORS
Paul Hillier
PAUL HILLIER BA
Founder / Solicitor

Paul Hillier has been a qualified Solicitor for over 30 years and is the founder of Oval Law.
Paul has wide experience in legal matters across many disciplines and is used to bringing swift resolution in complex cases for private individuals, as well as company and commercial clients.

  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    General Experience

    Paul Hillier has an excellent personal presence and successful professional record having over many years dealt at senior level with Criminal Prosecution and Defence across the range from murder to traffic offences. He has undertaken and been involved in the disciplinary/regulatory process across many occupations and professions guiding organisations/individuals through sometime convoluted procedures and formalities. He is a capable performer across many occupations and styles and has previously been involved in scientific research agreements with Universities and in one case a Nobel Medicine Prize Winner.

    Career

    • 1984 -1987 - Solicitor and then Partner in Mellows Solicitors with offices in Bedford, Baldock, Hertfordshire and Kempston, Bedford.
    • 1987 - 2005 - Founder and Senior Partner in Hilliers Solicitors operating in Kempston and Baldock in 1987. One of the youngest Solicitors ever to form their own practice.
    • 2005 - 2013 - Senior Partner in HilliersHRW Solicitors, then became Managing Director of HilliersHRW Solicitors LLP.
    • 2014 - Present - Founded Oval Law in 2014. Managing Director of Old Vicarage Advisory Legal (Kempston) Limited.
  • LEGAL EXPERTISE

    Commercial and Corporate

    Having led many substantial deals for clients over the years, Paul provides a good practical overview of the commerciality of any sale, purchase or acquisition for any business alongside providing the legal know-how, necessary documentation and agreements.

    He is also involved in non executive Director roles for companies giving "sage-like" advice and guidance on the advantages and pitfalls in taking a particular choice or decision in relation to that business, not only in relation to legal issues, but from wide experience in management and business dealings including corporate leaders, dignitaries, government departments, and well known organisations.

    He has particular expertise in:

    • Forming new companies.
    • Directors / Shareholders agreements.
    • Buying and selling company shares.
    • Buying and selling company assets.
    • Buying, selling and leasing commercial property.
    • Commercial property development - with full local knowledge of planning and local issues with a history of previous involvement with likely developers, individuals or professionals and lenders who might be involved.
    • Private equity transactions.
    • Raising venture capital.
    • Loan finance.
    • Management buyouts.

    Agricultural Issues

    Having a son who graduated from Harper Adams University, the leading specialist agricultural seat of learning, he naturally has always had a general interest in all farming issues. Paul is an active supporter of Bedfordshire Young Farmers and has been involved with many farming issues for both large and small farms and tenancies and personally knows most local Land Agents throughout Herts, Beds and Bucks.

    He has particular expertise in:

    • Land development/promotion agreements.
    • Buying and selling farmland - with or without farmhouses.
    • Farm Business Tenancies (FBTs).
    • Occupation of farm buildings.
    • Grazing rights.
    • Milk quotas.
    • Single payment scheme and sporting rights.
    • Contracting agreements.
    • Share farming.
    • Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and Business Property Relief (BPR).
    • Inheritance Tax issues.

    Wills & Probate, Inheritance Issues

    For 27 years Paul led a Solicitors Practice that strongly marketed and advertised the importance of the making of a Will targetting families, individuals and business people. He is both a trusted Executor and Administrator of Estates, experienced in dealing with the most complicated or sensitive inheritance issues from modest to wealthy estates and a very capable advisory on all inheritance tax issues and allowances available.

    He has the expertise in:

    • Wills.
    • Probate.
    • Letters of Administration.
    • Powers of Attorney.
    • Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).
    • Living Wills.
    • Residential / Nursing Home fees.
    • Trusts.
    • Disputed Wills.
    • Inheritance (Provision for Dependents) Act 1975.

    Employment Law

    Paul has for many years, advised company or business employers about all appropriate requirements for staff contracts, handbooks and procedures generally helping to guide employers through the sometimes difficult process of dealing with staff issues.

    He has had dealings with Directors and senior staff drawing up Contracts of Employment to protect IPR and secret information or detail that could be commercially sensitive.

    Advising and where appropriate, conducting Employment Tribunal Claims and Defences for employers and senior employees in a confidential and cost effective approach.

    He has often negotiated employment Settlement Agreements (formerly Compromise Agreements) for very senior staff and others to ensure the best settlement terms for all concerned.

  • EDUCATION

    Paul attended comprehensive school in Stevenage and then graduated from Coventry University with a BA Honours degree in Business Law.

FAQs & POLICIES
Private Client FAQs
  • What is probate?

    Probate is simply the term commonly used when obtaining the right to deal with a deceased person's affairs (called 'administering the estate').

    It can prove to be a difficult time following the loss of a loved one to find yourself confronted with lots of paperwork and legal words such as 'Grant of Representation'. It can be baffling and confusing to cut through the legal processes and to arrive at a clear understanding of what needs to be done in your own personal circumstances. Many people think a Grant is always needed and this may not be the case depending on the value of the assets or whether they were held jointly with someone else or in the deceased’s sole name.

    After a death various matters need to be dealt with, including dealing with any property that is owned whether jointly owned or not, the closing down of bank accounts, encashing or transferring shares and investments and settling any debts the person may have had. Banks and building societies may start referring to "probate" but this can become confusing as many people do not know what it means.

    If the person who has died had a Will, the executors (the people chosen to carry out instructions set out in the will) are likely to need a Grant of Probate in order to do so. The Grant of Probate means that the court confirms the validity of the will and gives the executors legal authority to carry out any instructions stated within the Will.

    If the person did not have a Will, and therefore died 'intestate', the law decides how the estate will be distributed. The 'administrators' (usually the next of kin) will need to have a Grant of Letters of Administration before they can start to deal with the deceased person’s affairs. Dealing with this type of estate can become particularly confusing as the administrators have to ensure that distribution is made to the correct people. The common belief is that if there is no Will, everything passes to a spouse but this is not strictly true and only applies to estates that are relatively small in value. Also under the intestacy laws there is no recognition of unmarried partners although it can be possible for an unmarried partner to successfully claim dependence upon the estate and then be provided for.

  • Why might I need to appoint a Power of Attorney?

    There may come a time when, because you are incapable of managing your property and financial affairs or personal welfare, you will need someone to do this for you. You can formally appoint an attorney before this happens – someone you can trust to manage things for you and act in your best interests.

    A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint someone you trust as an 'attorney' to make decisions on your behalf. It can be drawn up at any time while you have capacity, but has no legal standing until it is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. An LPA must be 'donated' willingly by you whilst you are fully aware of your actions. If this is not possible the Office of The Public Guardian can appoint someone for you. This could be a friend, relative, solicitor or an accountant but there is no guarantee that it would be the person you want.

    Currently you can create two types of LPA:

    • Property and Affairs LPA
    • Personal Welfare LPA
    Property and Affairs LPA

    A property and affairs LPA allows you to choose someone to assist you with your financial affairs. This could include running your bank account, managing your savings account and other investments, and paying your bills. You can also choose when you wish your attorney(s) to be able to act for you. They can either assist you as soon as the LPA has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, or you can restrict their authority so that they may only use the LPA once you have lost mental capacity.

    Personal Welfare LPA

    A Personal Welfare LPA allows you to choose someone to make decisions about your healthcare and welfare. This includes decisions to refuse or consent to treatment on your behalf and deciding where you live. These decisions can only be taken on your behalf when the LPA is registered and you lack the capacity to make the decisions yourself.

  • What is a Living Will?

    A Living Will is a legal document that a person uses to make known his or her wishes regarding life prolonging medical treatments. A Living Will is a mechanism for holding and distributing a person's assets to avoid probate. It is important to have a Living Will as it informs your local Health Authority, your GP and your family about your desires for medical treatment in the event you are not able to speak for yourself.

    To avoid complications it is wise to have a solicitor prepare your Living Will. If you need to write or update a Will, you can take care of your Living Will at the same time.

  • If my spouse died, would I be liable for Inheritance Tax?

    The simple answer is no. There are a number of exemptions and reliefs that are available to reduce or dispense with any tax payable that can be briefly explained as follows:

    1. Spouse Exemption:

    Any assets passing between husband and wife will be exempt from any Inheritance Tax regardless of the amount and whether this is higher than the current threshold. This also applies to spouses in a same-sex marriage.

    2. Charity Exemption:

    Any bequests or gifts you make to charities will also be exempt from Inheritance Tax.

    3. Annual Exemption:

    We are all entitled to give away a certain amount of assets each year before Inheritance Tax becomes due. This is currently £3,000. If you have not used your annual exemption in the year of your death and the tax year before, you can offset this against the value of your estate.

    The subject of Inheritance Tax and its impact on you and your Will is a very diverse and complicated subject for discussion. We would therefore suggest that if you have any concerns over your potential Inheritance Tax position that you discuss it with us, if you have not done so already.

Commmercial Law FAQs
  • What are my duties and responsibilities as a Director of a Limited Company?

    If you put money into the company, and the company becomes insolvent, you’ll be at the bottom of the list of creditors. Talk to us about how to make yourself a secured creditor.

    If you breach any of your duties as a director you could be disqualified as a director and even prosecuted for criminal offences. Make sure you know what's expected of you.

    If you file your company accounts or annual returns late, you’re liable for a fine.

    If you wish to keep confidential certain personal matters, you need to draw up a private agreement between shareholders, so that these matters (the Articles of a Company) are not publicly available as a matter of course at Companies House. Let us advise you.

    The duties and responsibilities of a director are many and varied, and are not always stacked in your favour. We can help you redress the balance and protect your own position more securely.

  • I am entering into a business partnership. Why do I need a Business Partnership Agreement?

    Without a Business Partnership Agreement, the general law automatically applies. This means that in any disputes or difficulties between business partners, the law can set in motion a course of events that could be totally contrary to your own wishes.

    Without a Business Partnership Agreement...
    It may not be clear if any property used by the partnership belongs to the partnership or belongs solely to one of the partners.
    If one partner puts more money than the other(s) into the business, the law will still imply that profits are shared equally.
    If you are a partner on a salary, you will still be liable for any damage or losses made by one or more of your other partners
    If one partner dies or becomes bankrupt, the partnership will be automatically be dissolved and the assets distributed. If the partnership continues, you may have to raise a large capital sum to pay the estate of the deceased partner.
    To recoup your investment from a partnership you may have to dissolve it and sell the business and the assets.
    If there is a dispute or argument between partners, or one partner is acting untoward, with no other provisions in place, everything may have to be sold and the business closed.

    Why take the risk? For a relatively small outlay you can protect your interests from the start.

  • I own a family-run farming business. Why do I need a law firm that specialises in Agricultural Matters?

    You need to protect your interests now and to help you secure your land and property as it passes from one generation to the next. Plus, with ever-changing agricultural law affecting many aspects of day-to-day life and business in rural communities, an Agricultural Specialist Solicitor will provide a source of up-to-date expertise whenever you need it. It may be a small matter concerning the specific use of part of your land, or you may need advice on the wider spectrum of EU regulations and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

    Oval Law's specialist service covers:
    • Inheritance tax matters and succession planning
    • Tenancies and lettings
    • Quotas, culling and compensation
    • Subsidies and grants
    • Farm and land use/management
    • Land ownership and use, including planning permissions
    • Sporting rights on your land
    • Boundary disputes and rights of way
    • Employment law for seasonal and permanent workers
    • Buying and selling farmland
    • Business and tax planning
    • Partnership agreements
    • Export trading regulations
    • Livestock health and environment issues
    • Diversification into organic and other types of farming
  • I've just developed a new software application. How can I stop the idea from being copied?"

    When you've spent a lot of time and money developing an idea or a product or design, it's essential to protect it and prevent your rivals from infringing your rights or copying your ideas. There are one or two ways to stop this happening:

    Copyright Protection

    Copyright protection covers items such as original music scores, books, newspapers and periodicals, sound recordings, photographs, films, technical drawings and computer software.

    Patents

    You can protect any new invention (including computer software) by registering it at the Patents Office. HilliersHRW have access to the top Patent Agencies.

    Trademarks and European Trademarks

    If your company logo, product or brand names have a key influence over your competitive position, make sure they are registered with the appropriate office of authority.

    Design Rights

    Where you've created something through an industrial process, you should have it registered.

    Call or email us to find out how you can best protect your creative ideas

Policies
  • Complaints Procedure
    General

    Paul Hillier, Director, is responsible for developing, monitoring, assessing and managing the complaints procedure.

    Definition

    The practice has adopted and adapted the Legal Ombudsman's definition of a complaint, being an expression of dissatisfaction with a service relating to an act or omission about a service provided to:

    • a complainant (including the client);
    • another authorised person who procured the service on behalf of the complainant; or
    • a personal representative/trustee where the complainant is a beneficiary of the trust/estate;

    which cannot be immediately resolved to the complainant's satisfaction by the fee earner and the matter supervisor.

    Implementation

    At the outset of every matter clients will be informed:

    (a) of their right to complain about either the service they have received, or a bill that has been rendered, or both;
    (b) to whom they should complain;
    (c) that the practice has a complaints procedure, a copy of which will be supplied to them upon their request, and in any case if they make a complaint.

    When a complaint has been made, the recipients of a complaint will immediately inform their supervisor, or if they are self supervising, they will inform Paul Hillier, Director.

    Immediately upon receipt of the complaint, complainants will be informed in writing:
    (a) how and by whom their complaint will be handled; and
    (b) when they can expect either an initial or substantive response to their complaint.

    This information is contained in the procedure document that is sent to the complainant.
    The complaint will be recorded and held centrally by Paul Hillier, Director.

    Paul Hillier will adhere to the procedure contained in the complaints document that is sent to the complainant. This is to ensure that:
    (a) the complaint will be thoroughly investigated, using whatever means and enquiries [name] considers to be appropriate, with whomever [name] considers appropriate;
    (b) the cause of the complaint is identified; any appropriate redress is offered to the client; and
    (c) any process or procedure which, it is felt, contributed to the complaint and needs to be revised or amended in any way, will be amended as required.

    Responsibility and Reviews

    Paul Hillier will conduct the following reviews at least annually:
    (a) A review of the complaints procedures, including that which is sent to clients, to ensure that they are being used effectively throughout the practice, following which any necessary amendments will be made.
    (b) A review of all of the claims and complaints that have been received by the practice within the previous 12 months in order to:
        (i) identify any causation trends;
        (ii) make corrections to any processes or procedures that are considered necessary to assist in the prevention of future trend occurrences; and
        (iii) compile a report from the findings for peer/external review if necessary.

  • Complaints Handling Procedure
    Our Complaints Policy

    We are committed to providing a high quality legal service to all our clients. When something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards.

    Our Complaints Procedure

    If you have a complaint about our service or a bill that we have rendered on or both, please contact us with the details.
    The person to contact is Paul Hillier, and he can be reached at:
    Winthorpe House, 29 Church End, Biddenham, Bedford MK40 4AR
    t: 01234 860856
    e: paul@ovallaw.co.uk

    What will happen next?
    1. We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within 14 days of us receiving the complaint, enclosing a copy of this procedure.
    2. We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your complaint to Paul Hillier who will review your file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you.
    3. Paul Hillier will then invite you to a meeting to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint. This will be done within 14 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
    4. Within 14 days of the meeting, Paul Hillier will write to you to confirm what took place and any solutions he has agreed with you.
    5. If you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, Paul Hillier will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including his suggestions for resolving the matter, within 14 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
    6. At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again and we will arrange for Paul Hillier to review his own decision and if necessary obtain a review by another local solicitor or mediation.
    7. We will write to you within 14 days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.
    8. If we have to change any of the timescales above, we will let you know and explain why.
    9. If you are still not satisfied, you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman at:

        PO Box 6806
        Wolverhampton
        WV1 9WJ
        t: 0300 555 0333 or 0121 245 3050
        e: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

    There are time limits within which complaints must be made to the Legal Ombudsman, as indicated below. Generally speaking, your complaint should be made to the Ombudsman no later than 12 months from when the problem occurred or from when you should reasonably have become aware of the problem. Additionally, you should make your complaint to the Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final response from us following the complaint that you have made to us. Normally, your complaint needs to fall inside both rules if the Ombudsman is going to investigate it.

    You also need to be aware that the Ombudsman only deals with complaints from the following:
    (a) an enterprise which, at the time that the complaint is made, is a micro-enterprise within the meaning of arts.1, 2(1) and (3) of the Annex to Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC, as that Recommendation had effect at the date it was adopted;
    (b) a charity with an annual income net of tax of less than £1 million at the time at which the complainant refers the complaint to the respondent;
    (c) a club, association or organisation, the affairs of which are managed by its members or a committee or committees of its members, with an annual income net of tax of less than £1 million at the time at which the complainant refers the complaint to the respondent;
    (d) a trustee of a trust with an asset value of less than £1 million at the time at which the complainant refers the complaint to the respondent;
    (e) a personal representative of an estate of a person; or
    (f) a beneficiary of an estate of a person.

  • Data Protection Policy
    Introduction

    Oval Law is law firm and provides legal advice and assistance to its clients. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with Registration Number 613473.

    Oval Law has registered with the Information Commissions Office (ICO) and has the data protection Registration Number ZA241410.

    The personal data that Oval Law processes to provide these services relates to its clients and other individuals as necessary, including staff and suppliers’ staff.
    This policy sets out Oval Law’s commitment to ensuring that any personal data, including special category personal data, which Oval Law processes, is carried out in compliance with data protection law. Oval Law processes the personal data of staff from all over the world, including the personal data of a large number of non-EU citizens, but is committed to ensuring that all the personal data that it processes is done in accordance with data protection law. Oval Law ensures that good data protection practice is imbedded in the culture of our staff and our organisation.

    Oval Law’s other data protection policies and procedures are (these should be considered and may not all be necessary):

    • record of processing activities
    • privacy notices (website, clients, employees)
    • personal data breach reporting process and a breach register
    • data retention policy
    • data subject rights procedure
    • data protection impact assessment process
    • IT security policies

    ‘Data Protection Law’ includes the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679; the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and all relevant EU and UK data protection legislation.

    Scope

    This policy applies to all personal data processed by Oval Law and is part of Oval Law’s approach to compliance with data protection law. All Oval Law staff are expected to comply with this policy and failure to comply may lead to disciplinary action for misconduct, including dismissal.

    Data Protection Principles

    Oval Law complies with the data protection principles set out below. When processing personal data, it ensures that:

    • it is processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject (‘lawfulness, fairness and transparency’)
    • it is collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes (‘purpose limitation’)
    • it is all adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed (‘data minimisation’)
    • it is all accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date and that reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay (‘accuracy’)
    • it is kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed (‘storage limitation’)
    • it is processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures (‘integrity and confidentiality’)

    Oval Law will facilitate any request from a data subject who wishes to exercise their rights under data protection law as appropriate, always communicating in a concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible form and without undue delay.

    Process/Procedures/Guidance

    Oval Law will:

    • ensure that the legal basis for processing personal data is identified in advance and that all processing complies with the law
    • not do anything with your data that you would not expect given the content of this policy and the fair processing or privacy notice
    • ensure that appropriate privacy notices are in place advising staff and others how and why their data is being processed, and, in particular, advising data subjects of their rights
    • only collect and process the personal data that it needs for purposes it has identified in advance
    • ensure that, as far as possible, the personal data it holds is accurate, or a system is in place for ensuring that it is kept up to date as far as possible
    • only hold onto your personal data for as long as it is needed, after which time Oval Law will securely erase or delete the personal data – Oval Law’s data retention policy sets out the appropriate period of time
    • ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to ensure that personal data can only be accessed by those who need to access it and that it is held and transferred securely

    Oval Law will ensure that all staff who handle personal data on its behalf are aware of their responsibilities under this policy and other relevant data protection and information security policies, and that they are adequately trained and supervised. Breaching this policy may result in disciplinary action for misconduct, including dismissal. Obtaining (including accessing) or disclosing personal data in breach of Oval Law’s data protection policies may also be a criminal offence.

    Data Subject Rights

    Oval Law has processes in place to ensure that it can facilitate any request made by an individual to exercise their rights under data protection law. All staff have received training and are aware of the rights of data subjects. Staff can identify such a request and know who to send it to.
    All requests will be considered without undue delay and within one month of receipt as far as possible.

    Subject access: the right to request information about how personal data is being processed, including whether personal data is being processed and the right to be allowed access to that data and to be provided with a copy of that data along with the right to obtain the following information:

    • the purpose of the processing
    • the categories of personal data
    • the recipients to whom data has been disclosed or which will be disclosed
    • the retention period
    • the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office
    • the source of the information if not collected direct from the subject, and
    • the existence of any automated decision making

    Rectification: the right to allow a data subject to rectify inaccurate personal data concerning them.

    Erasure: the right to have data erased and to have confirmation of erasure, but only where:

    • the data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was collected, or
    • where consent is withdrawn, or
    • where there is no legal basis for the processing, or
    • there is a legal obligation to delete data

    Restriction of processing: the right to ask for certain processing to be restricted in the following circumstances:

    • if the accuracy of the personal data is being contested, or
    • if our processing is unlawful but the data subject does not want it erased, or
    • if the data is no longer needed for the purpose of the processing but it is required by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, or
    • if the data subject has objected to the processing, pending verification of that objection

    Data portability: the right to receive a copy of personal data which has been provided by the data subject and which is processed by automated means in a format which will allow the individual to transfer the data to another data controller. This would only apply if Oval Law was processing the data using consent or on the basis of a contract. Object to processing: the right to object to the processing of personal data relying on the legitimate interests processing condition unless Oval Law can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests of the data subject or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

    Special Category Personal Data

    This includes the following personal data revealing:

    • racial or ethnic origin
    • political opinions
    • religious or philosophical beliefs
    • trade union membership
    • the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person
    • an individual's health
    • a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation
    • criminal convictions or offences

    Oval Law processes special category data of clients and third parties as is necessary to provide legal services for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
    Oval Law processes special category data of employees as is necessary to comply with employment and social security law. This policy sets out the safeguards we believe are appropriate to ensure that we comply with the data protection principles set out above.
    Oval Law also has a data retention policy which sets out how long special category data will be held onto.

    Responsibility for the Processing of Personal Data

    The partners of Oval Law take ultimate responsibility for data protection. If you have any concerns or wish to exercise any of your rights under the GDPR, then you can contact the data protection lead in the following ways:
    Post:
    Paul Hillier, Director, Old Vicarage Advisory Legal (Kempston) Limited
    Winthorpe House, 29 Church End, Biddenham, Bedford MK40 4AR
    Email:
    paul@ovallaw.co.uk
    Telephone:
    01234 860856

    Monitoring and Review

    This policy was last updated on 19th July 2019 and shall be regularly monitored and reviewed, at least every two years.

CONTACT US
DISCLAIMER: The use of the Internet for communications with the firm will not establish an solicitor-client relationship and messages containing confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent.
ADDRESS, TELEPHONE & EMAIL

Oval Law

Winthorpe House

29 Church End

Biddenham

Bedford

MK40 4AR

t: 01234 860856

e: info@ovallaw.co.uk

OFFICE HOURS

Monday: 9am to 5.30pm

Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm

Wednesday: 9am to 5.30pm

Thursday: 9am to 5.30pm

Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed