Terms and Conditions

Registered owner

This website is owned and maintained by Queen’s Counsel Appointments Ltd (QCA), registered office address: 3rd Floor, 73 Farringdon Road, London, England EC1M 3JQ.  Queen’s Counsel Appointments Ltd is a limited company Registration Number 05423088.

Use of Data

Data collected will be used by QCA for the sole purpose of running the competition.  QCA do not pass on any data, nor provide to third parties without specific consent.  QCA electronic data is stored in secure, UK-based servers.

Conditions of use

This page (together with the documents referred to on it) tells you the conditions of use (Conditions of use) on which you may make use of our websites (referred to in these Conditions of use as the Websites):

https://assessor.qcappointments.org/

https://grading.qcappointments.org/

http://www.qcappointments.org/

https://apply.qcappointments.org/

Please read these Conditions of use carefully before you start to use the Websites.  By using the Websites, you indicate that you accept these Conditions of use and that you agree to abide by them.  If you do not agree to these Conditions of use, please refrain from using the Websites.

Accessing the Websites

Access to the Websites is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on the Websites without notice (see below).  We will not be liable if for any reason the Websites is unavailable at any time or for any period.

From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts or all of the Websites to users who have registered with us.

If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party.  We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Conditions of use.

When using the Websites, you must comply with the provisions of our acceptable use policy.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the Websites.  You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Websites through your internet connection are aware of these Conditions of use, and that they comply with them.

Reliance on information posted

All material posted on the Websites is intended for information purposes only and does not represent legal advice on which reliance should be placed.  Users are hereby placed under notice that they should take appropriate steps to verify such information.  No user should act or refrain from acting on the information contained in the Websites without first verifying the information and as necessary obtaining legal and/or professional advice.

Our liability

QCA makes no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy of the information contained on the Websites.  To the extent permitted by law, QCA expressly excludes all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity.

QCA expressly disclaims all liability and responsibility for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user arising from any reliance placed on materials posted on the Websites by any visitor to the Websites and by anyone who may be informed of any of their contents, or from the use or inability to use the Websites, whether directly or indirectly, resulting from inaccuracies, defects, errors, whether typographical or otherwise, omissions, out of date information or otherwise, even if such loss was reasonably foreseeable and QCA had been advised of the possibility of the same.  Direct, indirect or consequential loss and damage shall include but not be limited to loss of profits or contracts, loss of income or revenue, loss of business, loss of goodwill, and wasted expenditure or management time.

Nothing in these Conditions of use shall exclude QCA’s liability for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence, nor its liability for fraudulent misrepresentation, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Changes to the Websites

We aim to update the Websites regularly, and may change the content at any time.  If the need arises, we may suspend access to the Websites, or close it indefinitely.

Viruses, hacking and other offences

The user agrees that material downloaded or otherwise accessed through the use of the Website is obtained entirely at the user’s own risk and that the user will be entirely responsible for any resulting damage to software or computer systems and/or any resulting loss of data, even if such loss and damage was reasonably foreseeable and QCA had been advised of the possibility of the same.

You must not misuse the Websites by knowingly introducing viruses, Trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful.  You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Websites, the server on which the Websites is stored or any server, computer or database connected to the Websites.  You must not attack the Websites via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

By breaching the provision in paragraph 13, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.  We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.  In the event of such a breach, your right to use the Websites will cease immediately.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of the Websites or to your downloading of any material posted on them, or on any website linked to them.

 Linking to the Websites

You may not link to our websites.

 General

We process information about you in accordance with our Privacy Policy.  By using the Websites, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

If any provision of these Conditions of use or the Notice of copyright (see below) is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of that provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions which shall remain in full force and effect.

QCA’s omission to exercise any right under these conditions of use or the notice of copyright shall not constitute a waiver of any such right unless expressly accepted by QCA in writing.  These Conditions of use and the Notice of copyright and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.  The user and QCA agree to submit any dispute (including any non-contractual dispute) arising out of or in connection with the use of the Websites to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

We may revise these Conditions of use at any time by amending this page.  You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we have made, as they are binding on you.  Some of the provisions contained in these Conditions of use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on the Websites.

 Notice of intellectual property rights

Except where expressly stated to the contrary, all intellectual property rights in the text, graphics, information, motifs, logos, designs and databases contained in this site including the domain names, organisation and layout of the site and the software used in relation to the site are owned by QCA or its licensors.

You may print or download to a computer extracts of this site:

  • for personal use
  • for the purposes of journalistic work about the QC appointment process
  • for the purposes of informing prospective applicants about the appointment process.

 Provided in all cases that:

QCA website is the acknowledged source; you do not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way; and you do not use any graphics, illustrations or photographs, separately from any accompanying text.  This permission may be revoked at any time by QCA.  Material displayed on the site, in whole or in part, may not otherwise be copied, reproduced, republished or incorporated in any other work or publication, whether paper or electronic media or any other form, without the QCA’s prior written permission.  Sending copies of material to clients does not constitute reference purposes and is not permitted.

You may not reproduce or store any part of this site in any other website, document management system or electronic retrieval system (via screen-scraping or otherwise) without the QCA’s prior written permission.

You must not use any part of the materials on this site for commercial purposes (other than as expressly permitted herein) without obtaining a licence to do so from the QCA.

If you print off, copy or download any part of this site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use this site will cease immediately and you must, at the QCA’s option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

Any rights not expressly granted in this notice are reserved.

Acceptable use policy

This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and QCA under which you may access the websites (referred to in this acceptable use policy as the Websites):

https://assessor.qcappointments.org/

https://grading.qcappointments.org/

http://www.qcappointments.org/

https://apply.qcappointments.org/

This acceptable use policy applies to all users of, and visitors to, the Websites.  Your use of the Websites means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the policies in this acceptable use policy, which supplement our Conditions of use.

Prohibited uses

You may use the Websites only for lawful purposes.  You may not use the Websites:

  • in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation
  • in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect
  • for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way
  • to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards to transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam); or
  • to knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

You also agree:

  • not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of the Websites in contravention of the provisions of our Conditions of use, or
  • not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt any part of the Websites, any equipment or network on which the Websites is stored any software used in the provision of the Websites, or any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

Interactive services

We may from time to time provide interactive services on the Websites.  Where we do provide any interactive service, we will provide clear information to you about the kind of service offered.  Information about data gathered during any interactions is covered by our Privacy Policy.

 Suspension and termination

We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this acceptable use policy through your use of the Websites.  When a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.  Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of the Conditions of use upon which you are permitted to use the Websites, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

  • immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the Websites
  • immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you to the Websites issue of a warning to you
  • legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach
  • further legal action against you, or
  • disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.

We exclude liability for actions taken in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy.  The responses described in this policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

Changes to the acceptable use policy

We may revise this acceptable use policy at any time by amending this page.  You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are legally binding on you.  Some of the provisions contained in this acceptable use policy may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on the Website.

Privacy Policy

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.  Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

Use of the websites by you constitutes acceptance by you of this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).  If you do not wish to accept this Privacy Policy, please leave this website immediately.

Purpose

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is:

  • to assure you that we recognise and fully respect the privacy and personal data of the visitors to these websites; and
  • to explain what personal information we collect from the websites and how we ensure its best protection.

This Privacy Policy governs QCA websites (referred to in this Privacy Policy as the “Websites”):

https://assessor.qcappointments.org/

https://grading.qcappointments.org/

http://www.qcappointments.org/

https://apply.qcappointments.org/

This Privacy Policy covers only information which is collected by the QCA from the Websites.  It does not cover information which the QCA may have gathered from other sources.

Data protection

QCA complies with the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “Act”).  For the purposes of the Act, QCA is the data controller and sole owner of the personal data collected on the Websites.  QCA does not sell, share or transfer this information except as set out in this Privacy Policy.

We use up-to-date industry procedures to keep personal data as safe and secure as possible and to protect against loss, unauthorised disclosure or access.  Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure.  Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Websites; any transmission is at your own risk.  Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

The Act gives you the right to access details that we hold about you.  Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act.  A small fee may be payable in respect of any access request.

Information we may collect from you

It is not necessary for you to register with us in order to access the Websites.  However we may collect some information from interactive features such as online surveys, contact and registration forms.  The basic personal information about you which we may collect and process is:

  • your name
  • your user type (eg applicant, prospective applicant, assessor, member of the legal profession, member of the public)
  • your e-mail address
  • your user ID and password
  • information to enable an applicant to apply (complete application form)
  • information about an applicant (complete an assessor from)

Depending on what you are registering for, additional information may be collected from you.  We may also collect and process information provided by you at the time of posting material to the Websites, as well as details of your visit to the Websites (including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data), and the resources that you use.  Further, if you contact us, we may also keep a record of that correspondence.

Uses made of the information

We may use information held about you in the following ways:

  • to ensure that content from the Websites is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer
  • to allow you to participate in any interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so, and
  • to notify you about changes to our service.
  • To ask you about QCA and its procedures.

If you do not want us to use your data in this way, please update your details at QCA by contacting us at enquiries@qcappointments.org

 Cookies

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer while you are visiting a website.  Cookies help make websites work.  They also provide aggregated information about how users interact with our site.  We do not currently use this information to try to improve your experience on our websites.

The law about cookies changed in May 2011.  Websites must get your agreement before they set certain types of cookie on your computer or handheld device.

Changing the information we hold about you

If you would like to change any information we hold about you that has been collected via use of the Websites or want to it to be removed from our database, you should contact us at enquiries@qcappointments.org

Third Parties

QCA do not forward the information collected about you to third parties.

Consent

By using the Websites, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information in the manner set out above.

Changes to Privacy Policy

The internet and data privacy best practice are both developing.  We therefore reserve the right to revise this Privacy Policy at any time.  If this Privacy Policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page.  Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy are welcomed and should be addressed to enquiries@qcappointments.org

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