Privacy Notice

1. Scope

All data subjects whose personal data is collected, in line with the requirements of the GDPR.

2. Responsibilities

  • 2.1 The Data Protection Officer is responsible for ensuring that this notice is made available to data subjects prior to McGills collecting and processing their personal data.
  • 2.2 All employees of McGills who interact with data subjects are responsible for ensuring that this notice is drawn to the data subject’s attention and their consent to the processing of their data is secured.

3. Privacy Notice

3.1 Who are we?

McGills are a firm of chartered accountants and business advisers. The services we offer are as follows:


  • Business start-up planning and advice


  • Strategic and business planning
  • Financial management
  • Financial information systems
  • Computer systems advice


  • Personal tax


  • Business tax
  • Company tax
  • Capital gains tax
  • Inheritance tax
  • HM Revenue and Customs investigations
  • Value Added Tax
  • PAYE and national insurance compliance


  • Preparation of annual accounts
  • Preparation of periodic management accounts
  • Providing bookkeeping services
  • Maintaining PAYE and VAT records and associated returns


  • Preparation and filing of statutory returns


  • Preparation of minutes and resolutions
  • Company formation
  • Company searches

Our Data Protection Officer/GDPR Owner and data protection representatives can be contacted directly here:

The personal data we would like to collect and process on you is:

Personal data type: Source
Name, address, telephone number, email address, Unique Tax Reference number (UTR), national insurance number, bank account details.

Details of your investments.

Income and expenditure details.

Your IP address.

These details will all be collected directly from you or your appointed representative.

The personal data we collect will be used for the following purposes:

  • Contact you by post, email or telephone.
  • Maintain our records in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory obligations.
  • Process financial transactions to produce accounts and tax returns.

Our legal basis for processing for the personal data:

  • Are to assist you as appointed agents to help you fulfill your legal responsibilities, with regard to the filing of accounts and tax returns.
3.2 Consent

By consenting to this privacy notice you are giving us permission to process your personal data specifically for the purposes identified.

Consent is required for McGills to process both types of personal data, but it must be explicitly given. Where we are asking you for sensitive personal data we will always tell you why and how the information will be used.

You may withdraw consent at any time by contacting McGills using the contact details in 3.1.

3.3 Disclosure

McGills will not pass on your personal data to third parties without first obtaining your consent.

We may pass your information to our third party service providers and agents for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf, for example to enable bookkeeping and ensure you are kept up to date. However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep the information secure and not to use it for their own purposes.

3.4 Retention Period

We are required by legislation, other regulatory requirements and our insurers to retain our data where we have ceased to act for you. To ensure compliance with all such requirements it is the policy of the firm to retain data for a period of up to ten years from the end of the period concerned. If for any legal reason your data is required to be held past this time, you will be informed of the extention.

3.5 Yours Rights as a Data Subject

At any point while we are in possession of or processing your personal data you, the data subject, have the following rights:

  • Right of access – you have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you.
  • Right of rectification – you have the right to correct data that we hold about you that is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Right to be forgotten – in certain circumstances you can ask for the data we hold about you to be erased from our records.
  • Right to restriction of processing – where certain conditions apply to have a right to restrict the processing.
  • Right of portability – you have the right to have the data we hold about you transferred to another organisation.
  • Right to object – you have the right to object to certain types of processing such as direct marketing.
  • Right to object to automated processing, including profiling – you also have the right to be subject to the legal effects of automated processing or profiling.
  • Right to judicial review: in the event that McGills refuses your request under rights of access, we will provide you with a reason as to why. You have the right to complain as outlined in clause 3.6 below.
3.6 Complaints

In the event that you wish to make a complaint about how your personal data is being processed by McGills, or how your complaint has been handled, you have the right to lodge a complaint directly with the supervisory authority and McGills’s data protection representatives Data Protection Officer.

The details for each of these contacts are:

Supervisory authority contact details Data Protection Officer (DPO) contact details
Contact Name: Information Commissioners Office Simon Nuttall
Address line 1: Wycliffe House Oakley House
Address line 2: Water Lane Tetbury Road
Address line 3: Wilmslow Cirencester
Address line 4: Cheshire GL7 1US
Address line 5: SK9 5AF
Telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 01285 652128
3.7 Privacy Statement

Read more about how and why we use your data at

4. Online Privacy Statement

Personal data

Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) personal data is defined as:

“any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, metal, economic, cultural or social identify of that natural person”.

How we use your information

This privacy notice tells you how we, McGills, will collect and use your personal data for the performance of our services to you under 3.1.

Why does McGills need to collect and store personal data?

In order for us to provide you with our services we need to collect personal data for correspondence purpose and/or detailed service provision. In any event, we are committed to ensuring that the information we collect and use is appropriate for this purpose, and does not constitute an invasion of your privacy.

In terms of being contacted for marketing purposes McGills would contact you for additional consent.

Will McGills share my personal data with anyone else?

We may pass your personal data on to third party service providers contracted to McGills in the course of dealing with you. Any third parties that we may share your data with are obliged to keep your details securely, and to use them only to fulfill the service they provide you on our behalf. When they no longer need your data to fulfill this service, they will dispose of the details in line with McGills’s procedures. If we wish to pass your sensitive personal data on to a third party we will only do so once we have obtained your consent, unless we are legally required to do otherwise.

How will McGills use the personal data it collects about me?

McGills will process (collect, store and use) the information you provide in a manner compatible with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We will endeavor to keep your information accurate and up to date, and not keep it for longer than is necessary. McGills is required to retain information in accordance with the law, such as information needed for income tax. How long certain kinds of personal data should be kept may also be governed by specific business sector requirements and agreed practices. Personal data may be held in addition to these periods depending on individual business needs.

Under what circumstances will McGills contact me?

Our aim is not to be intrusive, and we undertake not to ask irrelevant or unnecessary questions. Moreover, the information you provide will be subject to rigorous measures and procedures to minimise the risk of unauthorised access or disclosure.

Can I find out the personal data that the organisation holds about me?

McGills at your request, can confirm what information we hold about you and how it is processed. If McGills does hold personal data about you, you can request the following information:

  • Identity and the contact details of the person or organisation that has determined how and why to process your data. In some cases, this will be a representative in the EU.
  • Contact details of the data protection officer, where applicable.
  • The purpose of the processing as well as the legal basis for processing.
  • If the processing is based on the legitimate interest of McGills or a third part, information about those interests.
  • The categories of personal data collected, stored and processed.
  • Recipient(s) or categories of recipients that the data is/will be disclosed to.
  • If we intend to transfer the personal data to a third country or international organisation, information about how we ensure this is done securely. The EU has approved sending personal data to some countries because they meet a minimum standard of data protection. In other cases, we will ensure there are specific measures in place to secure your information.
  • How long the data will be stored.
  • Details of your rights to correct, erase, restrict or object to such processing.
  • Information about your right to withdraw consent at any time.
  • How to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority.
  • Whether the provision of personal data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract, as well as whether you are obliged to provide the personal data and the possible consequences of failing to provide such data.
  • The source of personal data if it was not collected directly from you.
  • Any details and information of automated decision making, such as profiling and any meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and expected consequences of such processing.

What forms of ID will I need to provide in order to assess this?

McGills accepts the following forms of ID when information on your personal data is requested:

Passport, driving licence, birth certificate, utility bill (from the last three months).

Contact details of the Data Protection Officer:

Data Protection Officer/GDPR Owner contact details
Contact name: Simon Nuttall
Address line 1: Oakley House
Address line 2: Tetbury Road
Address line 3: Cirencester
Address line 4: GL7 1US
Address line 5:
Telephone: 01285 652128

Document Owner and Approval

The Data Protection Officer is the owner of this document and is responsible for ensuring that this record is reviewed in line with the review requirements of the GDPR.

A current version of this document is available to all members of staff on the McGills intranet and is published on.

Use of Google Fonts Web API

Our website utilises Google Fonts API to provide a unified and visually pleasing textual experience for our users. Google Fonts is a service offered by Google LLC (“Google”) that allows websites to utilise high-quality fonts.

By using Google Fonts, some information may be transferred to Google servers, which may be located in other countries. This section outlines how Google collects and uses data in relation to the Google Fonts Web API.

Data Collection by Google

When you visit a page on our website that uses Google Fonts, your web browser automatically sends a request to Google’s servers. This request may include the following information:

  • IP Address
  • Browser type and version
  • Operating System
  • Referrer URL
  • The time of the request

This data is primarily used by Google to serve the font files to your browser and to improve the overall service quality.

Google may also use this data for the purposes of analytics and to enhance user experience. The data is processed in accordance with Google’s Privacy Policy, which you can review for further details: Google’s Privacy Policy.

If you are concerned about the data collection practices associated with Google Fonts, you may choose to disable the Google Fonts service through browser settings or use browser extensions designed to block such features. However, doing so may affect the appearance and functionality of our website.

Updates to this Section

We reserve the right to update or amend this section at any time to reflect changes in our practices or amendments to Google’s terms of service or privacy policy. We recommend reviewing this section periodically for the latest information on our use of Google Fonts.

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