Slater Vecchio LLP (“we”, “us”), is committed to protecting the personal information we handle. As practicing lawyers based in British Columbia we are subject to the Personal Information Protection Act and other privacy legislation that may apply depending on the circumstances. We also have professional and ethical obligations to respect client confidentiality.
This Privacy Statement describes how we handle personal information collected, used and disclosed by the Firm through slatervechhio.com and our other websites and in the course of providing legal services.
Personal information is defined broadly as any information about an identifiable individual and includes such things as name, age, home address and phone number, social insurance number, marital status, religion, income, credit history, medical information, education, and employment information. Personal information generally does not include business contact information, including your name, title or position, or business email address, telephone or fax number.
The personal information we collect about clients typically includes name and contact information, billing and account information, and information relevant to a client’s legal matters and incidental to the provision of legal services.
We also collect personal information about individuals who are not clients of the firm, including, for example,
If you enquire about our services we may collect your name and contact information so that we can respond to your request. Do not provide us with confidential information until we have confirmed in writing that we represent you. Unsolicited emails sent to us from non-clients do not establish a lawyer-client relationship and may not be protected by privilege.
We may collect and use personal information for the following purposes:
If you have subscribed to any of our email updates, you can opt-out using the unsubscribe link in the footer of the email.
We may disclose personal information in the following circumstances:
The information you provide to us as a client is subject to privilege and will generally only be disclosed with your permission.
We collect, use and disclose personal information with your consent, which may be express or implied unless consent is not practical and not required in the circumstances.
We automatically collect certain information when you visit our websites, including such things as your IP address, information about the device you are using, visit date and time, and how you interact with the site. This information is not used to identify you. This information is used to facilitate your connection with and use of our websites, to understand how you interact with our websites, and to improve the functionality and performance of our websites.
We use Microsoft Clarity to gather information about how our sites are used through heat maps and session recordings. Clarity captures user interactions on our websites including how pages are rendered, and user interactions such as mouse movements, clicks, and scrolls. For more information refer to the Microsoft Clarity FAQ and Microsoft Privacy Statement.
We use the Tawk.to Live Chat service to provide the chat functionality on our website. If you choose to chat with us, any personal information you provide through the chat will be processed by Tawk.to on our behalf. For more information please refer to the Tawk.to Privacy & Terms webpage.
You can opt-out of having your actions tracked by Google Analytics here.
You can obtain information about how to opt-out of cookies set by Microsoft Clarity here.
We use service providers who may process your personal information on our behalf in the course of providing services to us. This could include, depending on the circumstances, Microsoft (business email, Clarity), SendInBlue (email marketing), Google (Google Analytics), our accountants, bookkeepers, insurers, and other providers.
Some of our service providers may be located in or subject to the laws of other countries, including but not limited to the United States, and, as such, your personal information could be accessed by law enforcement or other governmental agencies in those countries.
We may be required to retain certain personal information we collect for a minimum amount of time. For example, if we use your personal information to make a decision about you, we are required to retain that information for a minimum of one year so you have a reasonable opportunity to request access to it. We may also be required to retain your information due to other record-keeping requirements, including those defined by the Law Society or for tax-related purposes.
Subject to certain exceptions, you have a right to request access and corrections to the personal information we have about you. You also have a right to request information about how your personal information has been and is being used, and the names of organizations to whom your personal information has been disclosed.
To request this information, please contact our Privacy Officer at [email protected].
We take reasonable measures to protect personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access and alteration by using physically secure facilities, password protection, standard security practices and tools internal policies and practices.
If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy practices please contact our Privacy Officer in writing using the following information:
Ms. Lisa Taylor, Privacy Officer
Slater Vecchio LLP
Vancouver, BC VY7 1K4
Our Privacy Statement is subject to amendment from time to time, so please review this Statement regularly to stay informed of any updates.