This policy statement applies to the URL http://www.harriswheeler.com.au and sets out the policies of Harris Wheeler Lawyers relating to personal information provided to us, or collected by us, through this internet site. Unless you give your express consent otherwise, the following policies govern how Harris Wheeler Lawyers handles your personal information and safeguards your privacy.

Please note: Third-party internet sites accessible through the above internet site are not under the control of Harris Wheeler Lawyers and have separate privacy and data-collection practices which are not controlled by Harris Wheeler Lawyers. Harris Wheeler Lawyers takes no responsibility for these independent policies and will not be liable for any actions of third parties in implementing such policies. Please refer to those internet sites’ own privacy policies to learn how they collect and use personal information about you.

Collecting Information About You and Storage of Collected Information

Information is directly collected from you by Harris Wheeler Lawyers at the following locations only on this internet site:

The information collected from you in accordance with the above procedures when you use the above facilities is stored on a computer database at Harris Wheeler Lawyers, located in Newcastle, Australia. The database storing information regarding Harris Wheeler Lawyers is only accessible by specifically authorised staff of Harris Wheeler, and is password protected. Similarly, the database storing information regarding queries lodged through this internet site is only accessible by specifically authorised staff of Harris Wheeler Lawyers.

No hard copies of information collected as set out above are created or stored by Harris Wheeler Lawyers.

In addition to that information which you voluntarily provide to Harris Wheeler Lawyers while using this internet site, Thomson FirmSite maintains server logs regarding visits made to this internet site. Most internet sites maintain such server logs, and Thomson FirmSite analyses such logs in an effort to constantly improve the value of materials on the site. The server logs DO NOT contain personally identifiable information and Harris Wheeler Lawyers DOES NOT make any attempt to link the traffic information on the site with the individuals who actually visit the site. From time to time Thomson FirmSite may “break down” overall usage statistics according to a user’s domain name, browser type and MIME type by reading information from the browser string (information contained in every user’s browser). The sole purpose of this “break down” is to improve the performance of the site, monitor pages of the site that are visited infrequently and improve such pages, and to determine what type of browser support we require.

Information provided about other people

If you provide personal information to us regarding another person (for example, one of your employees or directors or someone with whom you deal) you must ensure that you are entitled to disclose that information to us and that we may collect, use and disclose such information in accordance with our privacy procedures (as set out in this privacy policy and in the Harris Wheeler Lawyers Policy for Management of Personal and Sensitive Information) without taking any further steps required by privacy laws. You should take reasonable steps to ensure the individual concerned is aware of the content of this privacy policy, including our identity, how to contact us, the purposes of our collection of such information, our information disclosure practices, the individual’s right to obtain access to the information and the consequences for the individual if the information is not provided.


A cookie is a small data file that certain web sites write to your web browser (your computer’s hard drive) so it can later be read back from that browser. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that the site uses to track the pages you have visited on that site. If you are interested, more information on cookies can be found by visiting the Cookie Central website at http://www.cookiecentral.com. Harris Wheeler Lawyers DOES NOT use cookies on this internet site.

Who is Authorised to Access Collected Information?

Certain staff of Harris Wheeler Lawyers will be authorised from time to time to access the information collected from or about you for the purposes of using it as set out in this Privacy Policy, or otherwise for lawful purposes. Access to such information is protected by passwords which will only be given to those staff who have been authorised and who have also been provided with the Harris Wheeler Lawyers Policy for Management of Personal and Sensitive Information. Such Policy contains procedures which must be followed by staff when accessing information.

If you have any query regarding collection or use of your personal information which has not been covered in this privacy policy, or would like a copy of the Harris Wheeler Lawyers Policy for Management of Personal and Sensitive Information, please contact our office:

Telephone: (02) 4907 6300
Mail: Level 3, 175 Scott Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Fax: (02) 4907 6333
Email: law@harriswheeler.com.au

General Information Security

Harris Wheeler Lawyers has implemented technology and security features and strict policy guidelines to safeguard the privacy of personally identifiable information from unauthorised access or improper use, and we will continue to enhance our security procedures as new technology becomes available.

All information you submit to us on this site is transmitted directly to our internal database server. We take measures to protect this information while it is stored, including:

1. Utilising a “firewall” to protect our internal computer systems and your stored personal information. A “firewall” is a barrier to unauthorised users to prevent access to our systems.

2. Monitoring system activity logs to identify any unusual activity resulting from unauthorised individuals accessing our systems.

You can also assist us to keep your personal information secure by contacting our office on (02) 4907 6300 immediately if you become aware of any unauthorised use of this site or of your personal information.

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

Harris Wheeler Lawyers will not disclose any personal information without your consent unless:

1. such information must be provided in order to answer any of your queries submitted to this site or otherwise to provide you with a service which you have requested from us; or

2. such information is required by law to be disclosed.

In the event that it is necessary to provide you with a service which you have requested from us, we may need to provide your personal information to an overseas entity. When doing so we will use reasonable commercial endeavours to ensure that your personal information is not misused by the recipient.

Harris Wheeler Lawyers may also use your personal information for Direct Marketing purposes - please refer to the section on Direct Marketing and Newsletters set out below. Harris Wheeler Lawyers DOES NOT use your personal information for the purposes of marketing, other than Direct Marketing in accordance with the following section.

Direct Marketing and Newsletters

When you enter information on this internet site, you may be asked whether you wish to receive any direct marketing information or newsletters from Harris Wheeler Lawyers. If you are receiving marketing information or newsletters and do not wish to receive this information any longer, please contact our office on (02) 4907 6300 and ask to be removed from the marketing list. We will notify you in writing of our receipt of your request, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remove your name from the marketing list, as requested, within five (5) working days from the date of receipt of your request.

Records of Personal Information and Correction and Updating of Personal Information

Please contact our office on (02) 4907 6300 if you wish to obtain a record of any information we may have collected from or about you during your visits to this internet site.

We take reasonable efforts to keep your personal information up to date and complete. If any of the personal information we hold about you is incomplete or out of date, please contact our office on (02) 4907 6300 and we will take reasonable steps to correct such information as soon as possible after you contact us.

Problems or Complaints

If you have any further questions regarding this Privacy Policy, a problem with this internet site or wish to make a complaint, please contact our office on (02) 4907 6300. If Harris Wheeler Lawyers becomes aware of any concerns or problems we will take those matters raised seriously and will work to address your concerns.

Changes to Privacy Policy

Harris Wheeler Lawyers reserves the right to modify or amend this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason without notice.


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