This privacy notice describes how Rankin & Aitken (“we”, “us”, “the Firm”) collect and use personal information about you while we provide services to you and afterwards, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
We are a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. We are legally required to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice. This notice does not form part of our Letter of Engagement to provide our services. We may update this notice at any time.
DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES
To comply with data protection law, the personal information we hold about you must be:
THE KIND OF INFORMATION WE HOLD ABOUT YOU
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about you from which you can be identified. There are also “special categories” of some sensitive personal date, which require a higher level of protection.
We will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:
HOW WE WILL USE THE INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
We will use your personal information in the following circumstances:
We will only use your personal information for the purposes for which we collected it and reasons that are compatible with that purpose.
DATA SHARING, DATA SECURITY AND DATA RETENTION
We may have to share your data with third parties, including other professionals involved in our work for you, our regulators where necessary and IT service providers. We do not allow our third party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We require third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law.
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. Details of these measures are available on request. We limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality. We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of this where we are legally required to do so.
We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. Details are available on request.
RIGHTS OF ACCESS, CORRECTION, ERASURE AND RESTRICTION
Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:
To assert any of these rights please contact us in writing. You will not have to pay a fee to exercise your rights. However, we may charge a reasonable fee or refuse to comply with your request if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive.
RIGHT TO WITHDRAW CONSENT
In limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact us in writing. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.
If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact Kenneth Paterson.
Our main areas of work are domestic and commercial property sales and purchases, agricultural law, matrimonial/separations, Wills and Executries. We do not do much civil or criminal Court work and the firm does not provide services under the Legal Aid schemes.
The main focus of this website is on our Estate Agency business. If you require any further information on the services we provide or any of the properties we are marketing please contact us.
The firm of Rankin & Aitken Solicitors was established in Stranraer over a century ago and has been providing legal advice to local people continuously since then.
The current Partners are Kenneth G. Paterson, C.St.J., LL.B., N.P. and Derek G. Laburn, LL.B., Dip. L.P., S.S.C., N.P.
Kenneth joined the firm in 1977 and Derek arrived in 1997. Both have extensive experience.