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FOIL Privacy Notice

FOIL respects your right to privacy. The email Privacy Policy set out in this Privacy Notice details the way FOIL processes personal data that we collect from you and how we may use your information, when you subscribe to, or are already included in a mailing list.

1. About Us

The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) is a not for profit trade body comprised of law firms who join as corporate members. FOIL’s stated purpose is “to provide a forum for the exchange of information between lawyers acting predominantly or exclusively for insurance clients (except legal expenses insurers) either practicing within firms of solicitors, as barristers or as in-house lawyers for insurers or self-insurers”.

FOIL is a representative voice of the defendant insurance lawyer community which advances a reforming agenda for a more transparent and proportionate claims environment benefiting claimants and insurers alike.

FOIL’s members are involved in all areas of insurance and comprise lawyers acting predominantly or exclusively for insurance clients (except legal expenses insurers) either practising with law firms, or as barristers or as in-house lawyers for insurers or self-insurers.

The organisation is led by practising lawyers, with a revolving one-year presidency. It has a permanent Chief Executive, drawn from a non-legal insurance industry background, who leads a small expert management team responsible for driving forward long-term strategy, maintaining the timely flow of essential information to members and handling all administration. Our detailed focus for 2019 can be found here. FOIL's Focus for 2019

The decision makers and key people are CEO, President, Treasurer, Secretary, Technical Director and Management Services Consultant. Collectively the holders of these offices are FOIL’s data controller (contact details are displayed at This means that they decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

2. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

FOIL processes the business email address, first and last name, company name and address and phone number of about 1,000 current and past full and associate members of FOIL, subscribers to FOIL select , FOIL sponsors, prior event attendees (including Golf Days) and other insurance and legal professionals.

None of this data is regarded as special category data.

3. Collection of your personal data

When you subscribe to an email alert or newsletter service we collect:

Information Collected Automatically

Through the use of powerful online tools available on our web site, FOIL is committed to providing the visitor with an enjoyable online experience. While providing this service we are also committed to protecting users from the unexpected use of personally identifiable information. In an effort to continue to provide users with a quality online experience, FOIL uses server log analysis tools to track web site usage. These monthly summaries provide statistics such as:

4. Disclosure and security of your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of FOIL in order to carry out a service to other members or for purposes directly connected to FOIL’s purpose, function or focus.

We will not share your data with third parties outside FOIL without obtaining your explicit consent to do so or identifying another lawful basis or obligation for doing so.

We will never share or sell your personal data to other organisations for their direct marketing purposes.

All personal data you provide to us will be stored securely, both physically and electronically, in accordance with our policies.

We have put in place technical and organisational security measures to minimise the possibility of the loss or unauthorised access of your personal data.

5. How do we process your personal data?

FOIL complies with its obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that the minimum and appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

6. What are the legal bases for processing your personal data?

7. Mail Chimp

We use Mail Chimp to manage subscription lists, preferences and send emails.

8. Cookies

To provide better service to our users we may use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. A cookie is a small text file stored on a user's computer, created and subsequently read by a web site server. Cookies created on your computer by using this web site do not reveal information that you have not supplied, therefore your privacy or security is not compromised. By tracking usage of cookies, we can best determine the needs of our users.

Several of the most recent web browsers can notify you before a web site places a cookie on your computer. Some browsers allow you to block, individually accept, or reject any particular cookie. Although it is good practice to periodically check and delete cookie files in the manner suitable for the browser you are using, you must allow your browser to accept cookies to be able to use certain FOIL online systems. If cookies are disabled or a "cookie cruncher" is running on your client computer, you will get errors when trying to use applications that use cookies.

9. How long do we keep your personal data?

We will retain your personal data for as long as is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected.

In most cases, if you have subscribed to an email alert or subscription service, we will keep your personal data for as long as you are subscribed to that service and delete that data once you have requested to be removed.

10. Your rights and your personal data

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, we will ensure you can exercise your rights in relation to the personal data you provide to us.

These are as follows:

11. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

12. ContactDetails

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact Laurence Besemer, CEO, the Data Controller’s representative.

1 Esher Close,
RG22 6JP

Telephone/Fax: 07921 491426