Privacy Policy

Walton & Co are registered with the ICO under the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) and also under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into effect on 25 May 2018.  We have set out below the information that we are obliged to give you by law.

Walton & Co (Planning Lawyers) Limited are, for the purpose of the GDPR, the data controller and the person responsible for data protection is David Walton: E:   T: 0113 245 8100

The information we collect

Walton & Co are a specialist planning firm dealing only with planning, highways, compulsory purchase and administrative law details of which are set out on our practice area page. 

In order to provide you with services in relation to these matters, we need to obtain, use and store the following personal information:-

Email Address
Phone Number

Financial information only in relation to compensation claims in relation to compulsory purchase claims, generally in relation to business activities only.  If we need any additional information, it would be made clear to you why we need that information in pursuit of any financial claim. 

We may also need information relating to the viability of a project, in the event that is necessary to support a planning application which we are promoting on your behalf.  Once again, deal with the advise of the need for such information and you will be given the opportunity to decline such request/advice. 

Our lawful basis for processing your personal information when we act for you as a client relates to the performance of the contract with you to which you are a party and necessary consequence of acting upon your behalf. 

We do not share your information with anyone without your consent.  Information is only shared with consultants who are also acting on your behalf in relation to the pursuit of a planning permission objection or other task which requires the input from a third party professional.

Your name, address and email are generally shared with the Local Planning Authority where that is necessary in order to discharge the contract for which we have been engaged.  If it is not necessary or you specifically ask for anonymity and we are able to provide it, then your information will not be shared with the Local Authority but it is unlikely we would be able to ignore such request from the Local Planning Authority given that most of the matters with which we deal are of public record.

We would also like to provide you with information about our services from time to time, particularly by way of update of our staff or in relation to new legal developments which may be of interest. 

Unless you become a client, then we do not collect or process any information that is obtained from visits to our website and nor do we keep a record of details of your visits to our website.  Our website does not store cookies on your computer and nor do we put personal information on a publicly available part of our website.

Our lawful basis for processing your personal information when we provide you with information about our services is legitimate interest.

Your right to object to direct marketing

Nevertheless, you do have a right to object to such marketing and as soon as you object, we will stop processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes.  If you wish to object to direct marketing then please do so by clicking here or send an e-mail to unsubscribe at

We do not sell your personal information to third parties and we will keep your personal information confidential.  Walton & Co has a duty to keep your personal data safe, secure and up to date and to use it fairly and lawfully only for the purpose of discharging a contract with you and to handle it according to your rights.  The firm may disclose your personal information to the extent that the firm is required to do so by law in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings and in order to establish, exercise or defend the firm’s legal rights.  If our assets are required by a third party, personal data held about our clients will be one of the transferred assets.

Retention Period 

Client files maybe destroyed once the potential limitation for bringing a claim in law has expired (6 years).  However, electronic data will generally be kept for 20 years due to the nature of the work which we carry out which relates to land and property.  Our experience is that planning issues in relation to property can return potentially after a long period of time and it is often useful to have retained the background history to the property, particularly because local planning authorities do not always retain information in relation to planning permissions and documentation which can be highly relevant or important in a future dispute.  If however you consider this to be a timescale which is not appropriate and/or you consider that it will not be necessary for us to hold your personal information beyond six years (which is the limitation time for bringing a claim) then we will of course delete your personal information from our records. 

How To Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please contact us.

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