Privacy Policy


Website Privacy Notice for UK GDPR Compliance


MDLS Solicitors Limited trading as Legal Studio Solicitors and Legal Studio (“Legal Studio”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice will inform you as to:
  • how we look after your personal data when you visit our website (regardless of where you visit it from);
  • how we look after your personal data if you are a customer or a supplier or if you have made an enquiry to us or we have approached you; and
  • will tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.





This privacy notice aims to give you information on how Legal Studio collects and processes your personal data through your use of this website, including any data you may provide through this website for example if you sign up to our newsletter, or purchase or enquire about a product or service. 

This website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them. 


MDLS Solicitors Limited trading as Legal Studio Solicitors and Legal Studio (“Legal Studio”)  is the controller and responsible for your personal data (collectively referred to as Legal Studio, "we", "us" or "our" in this privacy notice).

We have appointed a data privacy officer (“DPO”) who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the DPM using the details set out below. 

Contact details:

Our full details are:

Full name of legal entity: MDLS Solicitors Limited trading as Legal Studio Solicitors and Legal Studio (“Legal Studio”) (Company Registration number: 08599445) (ICO Registration number: ZA057790)

Name or title of DPO: Matthew Dowell 
Email address:
Telephone: 0113 247 3800 
Postal address: The Tannery, 91 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS3 1HS

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK regulator for data protection issues ( We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance. 

Changes to the privacy notice and your duty to inform us of changes

This version was last updated on 26 March 2021.

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Third-party links

This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.


Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:

Identity Data includes first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth and gender.

Contact Data includes billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers.

Financial Data includes bank account and payment card details.

Transaction Data includes details about payments to and from you and other details of products and services you have purchased from us.

Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website. 

Profile Data includes your username and password, purchases or orders made by you, your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses.  

Usage Data includes information about how you use our website, products and services. 

Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.

We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.

We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

If you fail to provide personal data
Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with goods or services). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service you have with us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time. 


We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:
Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity, Contact and Financial Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:
  • apply for or enquire about our products or services;
  • create an account on our website;
  • subscribe to our service or publications or newsletter; 
  • request marketing to be sent to you;
  • enter a competition, promotion or survey; or
  • give us some feedback. 
Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, and other similar technologies.
Third parties or publicly available sources. We may collect or receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below: 
  • Technical Data from the following parties:
    • analytics providers such as Google based outside the UK; 
    • advertising networks such as Facebook based outside the UK; and
    • search information providers based inside or outside the UK.
  • Contact, Financial and Transaction Data from providers of technical, payment and delivery services such as Experian, Credit Call, Paypal, Visa etc based inside or outside the UK.
  • Identity and Contact Data from data brokers or aggregators or insurers based inside or outside the UK.
  • Identity and Contact Data from publicly availably sources such as Companies House and the Electoral Register based inside the UK.
  • Identity and Contact Data made available by you or companies or organisations for which you work or with which you are associated, for the purposes of commercial activity. i.e. your contact details made available on a commercial website.


We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:
  • Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.
Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data but if we do, you have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us.

Purposes for which we will use your personal data

We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.

Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below. 
Purpose/Activity    Type of Data    Lawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interest
 To register you as a new customer or prospective  customer  (a) Identity 
 (b) Contact
 Performance of a contract with you
 To process and deliver your order including:
 (a) Manage payments, fees and charges
 (b) Collect and recover money owed to us
 (a) Identity 
 (b) Contact 
 (c) Financial 
 (d) Transaction 
 (e) Marketing   and   Communications    
 (a) Performance of a contract with you
 (b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to recover debts due to us)
 To manage our relationship with you which will include:
 (a) Notifying you about changes to our terms or privacy policy
 (b) Asking you to leave a review or take a survey
 (a) Identity  
 (b) Contact 
 (c) Profile 
 (d) Marketing 
 (a) Performance of a contract with you
 (b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation
 (c) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to keep our records updated   and to study how customers use our products/services)
 To enable you to partake in a prize draw, competition or complete a survey  (a) Identity 
 (b) Contact 
 (c) Profile 
 (d) Usage 
 (e) Marketing 
 (a) Performance of a contract with you
 (b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use    our products/services, to develop them and grow our business)
 To administer and protect our business and this website (including   troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting   and hosting of data)    (a) Identity
 (b) Contact
 (c) Technical
 (a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business,   provision of administration and IT services, network security, to   prevent   fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group   restructuring exercise)
 (b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation
 To deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or   understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to you  (a) Identity 
 (b) Contact 
 (c) Profile 
 (d) Usage 
 (e) Marketing 
 (f) Technical 
 Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use our   products/services, to develop them, to grow our business and to inform   our marketing strategy)
 To use data analytics to improve our website, products/services, marketing,   customer relationships and experiences  (a) Technical 
 (b) Usage 
 Necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of customers for   our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant,   to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy) 
 To make suggestions and recommendations to you about goods or services   that may be of interest to you or to keep you up to date with news and   developments at Legal Studio and in our market place by sending emails and   mailshots.  (a) Identity 
 (b) Contact 
 (c) Technical 
 (d) Usage 
 (e) Profile 
 Necessary for our legitimate interests (to develop our   products/services  and grow our business).


We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. We have established the following personal data control mechanisms:

Promotional offers from us or Direct Marketing

We may use your Identity, Contact, Technical, Usage and Profile Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing). 

You may receive marketing communications from us if you have requested information from us or purchased goods or services from us or if you provided us with your details for commercial purposes and in each case, you have not opted out of receiving that marketing. In addition, we may collect data from publicly available sources, especially commercial websites and use this to contact you if we think you may be interested in our products and services.

Third-party marketing 

We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any company outside Legal Studio for marketing purposes.

Opting out

You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by contacting us at any time. 

Legitimate interests

Where we have decided that we can contact you for marketing purposes in the furtherance of our legitimate interests, we will have conducted an exercise to identify a legitimate interest, shown that the processing is necessary in order to achieve it and conducted a balancing exercise against your data subject rights. In addition, we will not use data in ways which you would not reasonably expect without a good reason.

We consider that the furtherance of Legal Studio’s lawful business (to develop our products/services and grow our business) is a sufficient legitimate interest to justify marketing communications of the type that Legal Studio sends out.


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Change of purpose 

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose.

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.


We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table above.

Third Parties
  • Service providers acting as processors who provide IT and system administration services.
  • Professional advisers acting as processors or joint controllers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.
  • HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities acting as processors or joint controllers based in the United Kingdom who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.
  • Fraud Prevention Agencies.
  • Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice. 
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.


We will aim not to transfer your personal data outside of the UK except where we can ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:
  • We will only transfer your personal data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data.
  • Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved for use in the UK which give personal data the same protection it has in the UK. 
Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the UK.


We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality. 

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.


How long will you use my personal data for?

We will only retain your personal data 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. 

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see below for further information.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.


Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. These rights include the right to:
  • Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.
  • Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request. 
  • Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.
  • Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data's accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it. 
  • Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you. 
  • Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us.

No fee usually required

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. It may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.