Who I Am

My website address is: I comply with English data protection regulations (currently GDPR 2018).

I am committed to safeguarding and protecting your information and if I ask you for any information then it will only be used according to this privacy statement.

This policy may be subject to alterations in line with legislation and I advise that you check this page from time to time to be aware of any changes. This policy is effective from 25 May 2018.

By continuing to use this website you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this statement.

For the purpose of Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation 2016 Vanessa Gajewska is the data controller of Compassionate Counsel.


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You may give me information such as your name and contact details by completing the form on my site or by contacting me by telephone or email. If you contact me via my contact form, no data will be stored by the website or passed to any third party. All data will be transferred and stored within the UK.

How you transmit data onto my site is at your risk and I cannot guarantee the safety of this. Once I have received your data then I have procedures and security to ensure I do my best to safeguard your information and prevent unauthorised access.

My website is protected by a double locked system that prevents unauthorised access to the site’s code and servers. There is standard email capability direct from the site to the email servers both are held at the same physical location.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who I share your data with

My general policy on personal data, however supplied (eg letter, email, form or phone call) is outlined below.

I do not and shall not in any circumstances sell your private data to any other parties.

Should your enquiry not lead to me providing a service to you, your data will be deleted from our data holdings.

Should your enquiry result in me providing you a service, then your initial and subsequent data will be managed by and in accordance with English data protection standards.

I will not otherwise give your private data to any other parties, unless required to do so by court order or judgement.

How long I retain your data

For individuals who complete a contact form, email me, phone me or contact me by other means including face to face meetings and post, and where there is no further interaction, data is retained for two calendar months.

For individuals/organisations who become clients: relevant data will be held and managed by me. Please note that, in order to enable me to meet all my obligations under UK legislation (including for tax purposes), I may hold data for a period of 7 years after receipt of payment for the last service provided by me.

What rights you have over your data

You can request access to the personal information that I hold on you and except in circumstances when I am not permitted to do so for legal reasons, I will provide this information to you within 30 days.

If you feel that any information that I hold about you is inaccurate then you can ask me to update your information. If you want me to delete your information then please do so in writing and I will endeavour to do so unless I need to keep it for legal or internal business purposes.

What I do with your data

In terms of personal data, the site holds only data relating to our website staff.

I use information:

  • To carry out contracts between yourself and me and provide you with the services that you request from me
  • To keep the website safe and secure

How I protect your data

I take security and client confidentiality very seriously. Minimal data is captured via this website and only should you choose to complete a Contact Form. All data you provide is held securely behind firewalls and other security systems.

What data breach procedures I have in place

In the highly unlikely circumstances of a data breach occurring, all potentially impacted clients will be contacted as soon as possible; all data servers isolated and all security systems checked / updated.

What third parties I receive data from


What automated decision making and/or profiling I do with user data


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Covered in the above.