Privacy Policy

  1. David W. Dyson (Firearms Consultants) Ltd provides expert witness services based at Wood Lea, Shepley Huddersfield, HD8 8ESThis privacy notice provides information about the personal information we process about you as a data controller, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  1. Our ICO registration number is ZA076217
  1. Please contact David Dyson at with any questions or requests about the personal information we process.

Your rights

  1. We are committed to protecting your rights to privacy. They include:
  • Right to be informed about what we do with your personal data;
  • Right to have a copy of all the personal information we process about you;
  • Right to rectification of any inaccurate data we process, and to add to the information we hold about you if it is incomplete;
  • Right to be forgotten and your personal data destroyed;
  • Right to restrict the processing of your personal data;
  • Right to object to the processing we carry out based on our legitimate interest;

The personal data we process, why we process it, where it comes from and the legal basis for doing so

Legal cases

  1. We process the personal data of individuals who are obtaining legal advice or are engaged in a legal dispute, and also the personal data of witnesses and others with links to the issues in the case.
  1. The personal data may include:
  • Names, contact details and dates of birth;
  • Criminal records and offences;
  • Health information;
  • Information about race, ethnic origin and sex;
  1. The personal data are generally provided by the person instructing us in relation to the legal issues, who is usually a solicitor.
  1. We process the data because it is in our legitimate interests as an expert witness to do so. We need to see and analyse documents containing this information in order to provide our expert advice.
  1. In relation to any special category personal data, such as health records or information concerning, race, ethnic origin, or sex is, we rely on the legal claims basis for processing this data, in addition to our legitimate interest.
  1. In many cases, an individual has consented to the transfer of their personal data to us. Where an individual has consented, he or she may easily withdraw it by notifying David Dyson at the email address set out above.

Other personal data

  1. We also process personal data pursuant to our legitimate interests in running our business such as:
  • Invoices and receipts;
  • Accounts, VAT and tax returns;
  • Insurance policies and related documents;
  1. As an employer, we process personal data further to contracts of employment with our employees. The information includes:
  • Names, addresses and contact details;
  • Pay and bank details, pay slips;
  • Curricula vitae, contracts of employment, references and appraisals;
  • Health information ( in reliance on the occupational health exemption contained in the Data Protection Act 2018)
  1. Finally, we run a client relationship management system. Any personal data on the system is held in accordance with the consent of the data subject which can be withdrawn at any time by contacting David Dyson at the email address above.

Retention period

  1. Personal data in legal cases is retained, where necessary, for six years in compliance with our professional indemnity obligations. Where this is not necessary, it is destroyed on the conclusion of the case.
  1. Administrative data is retained for up to six years as necessary, in the unlikely event there are queries from HMRC and the VAT commissioner. Where it is not necessary to retain the data for six years, it is destroyed as soon as possible.
  1. Personal data relating to employees who have left our employment is also retained for up to six years as necessary. This is the time limit for bringing a breach of contract claim. In some case we destroy it as soon as the employee leaves.

Whom do we share personal data with?

  1. We share personal data internally strictly on a need to know basis.
  1. Special category data and personnel files held electronically has restricted access. Hard copy special category and other personal data is stored securely with restricted access.
  1. We do not share personal data with anyone external to the organisation, other than with:
  • Those who have instructed us as an expert witness
  • Outsourced service providers such as photocopying companies and digital dictation services, pursuant to GDPR compliant written contracts
  • HMRC and the VAT Commissioner as they require
  • With others pursuant to a court orders
  • Other experts, or forensic providers.

Information Commissioner’ s Office

  1. If you have any concerns about the way your personal information has been processed, please contact David Dyson above. Alternatively, you may contact the Information Commissioner’ s Office on 0303 123 1113.
Visitors to our website

Firearms Expert is committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of all visitors to our web site. Here you’ll find information on how we treat data that we collect.

When someone visits we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. This tool does not identify any personal IP addresses or mobile devices and is used only to monitor activity such as the number of visitors to the various parts of our website. The collected information is only processed in a way that does not identify anyone. We do not allow Google to find out the identities of those visiting our website. You can find more information on how cookies are used on this website in the Cookies Policy below.

If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, such as contact forms, this will be made clear and manual user consent will be requested.

Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. Those sites are not governed by this Privacy Policy, and if you have questions about how a site uses your information, you’ll need to check that site’s privacy statement.

Access to Your Personal Information

You are entitled to access the personal information that we hold. Please email your request to:

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 24th May 2022. 

Cookies Policy

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

How long are cookies stored for?

Persistent cookies – these cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.

Session cookies – these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.

You can find more information about cookies

Cookies used on the Firearms Expert website

A list of all the cookies used on the website by category is set out below.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited.  By using the website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

These cookies collect information about how visitors use the website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the website works.

Functionality cookies

These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience.  By using the website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise.

Third party cookies

These cookies allow third parties to track the success of their application or customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used on our site.

For example, if you choose to ‘share’ content through Twitter or other social networks you might be sent cookies from these websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies, so please check those websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

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