Hickey Lawyers is a diverse law firm that provides legal advice in numerous areas such as banking and finance, body corporate and community title law, commercial and business transactions, insolvency and commercial litigation, Australian business, foreign investment and immigration, hotel and tourism assets, leasing, liquor and gaming, management rights, property development and town planning and environment law.
The primary purpose for which we collect personal information from you is to provide you with legal services. We may also use or disclose the personal information for another purpose, such as to inform you of updates and changes in the law that may affect you or your associated entities, to provide a referral, as an intermediary, for audit purposes and to invite you to events that may interest you. You may choose not to receive such communications at any time.
Our usual process of collecting personal information varies, as we have a large referral network and it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of entities that might provide us with personal information. Generally, we collect personal information directly from you or from your advisors or consultants. For example, this might include collecting personal information about you from your accountant or financial advisers, banks and financial institutions, barristers and other solicitors, recruitment and other professional service agencies, paid search providers, your employer, superannuation provider, government body or any other entity that discloses information to us in order for us to provide you with the legal service.
Under our professional obligations, we are also required to issue you with an engagement agreement for some matters (see Part 3.4 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld)). For this reason we will need to collect your contact details before providing the legal services.
If you do not provide us with the requested information, we may not be able to provide you with the legal services. In some cases it may be possible to provide some but not other personal information to us, and you can ask us if this is possible before providing us with your instructions.
We do not usually disclose your personal information to other entities, unless it is necessary to provide you with the legal services, you have requested or authorised us to disclose the information to another entity or as otherwise required by law. For example, we may disclose your personal information to your accountant or financial adviser, a barrister or expert witnesses who is engaged to act for you in litigation, or government body, to any third party contractors we engage to assist us in providing services to you, or any other entity connected to the legal services we are providing you.
We do not disclose your personal information to overseas recipients apart from our email filtering host (headquartered in Ireland), or otherwise in accordance with your instructions, for example if your transaction involves cross-border aspects.