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Our Australian offices work on some of the most significant transactions in the Asia Pacific region, such as representing the New South Wales government on the sale of its electricity retail and generation assets — the country's largest privatization. We also advised Recruit Holdings, Japan's largest staffing firm, on its entry into the Australian market via two major acquisitions that transformed Recruit into the second-largest staffing firm in Australia.
With more than 50 years of experience in the local market, we are the go-to firm for Australian companies, multinationals and financial institutions seeking advice on Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Restructuring & Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Construction, Energy, Resources & Environment, and Banking & Financial Services law. We are also ranked Tier 1 for Transfer Pricing by the International Tax Review.
The strength of our team of 300 lawyers is the ability to collaborate across practice groups and our Firm's international network to provide clients the guidance and solutions they need to succeed in an increasingly complex global market. No matter the business or legal issue, we are committed to helping clients achieve their greatest ambitions.
We are also dedicated to creating a diverse and flexible workplace. In 2015, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency named our Australia offices an "Employer of Choice" because of our approach to supporting women and men’s equal participation at all levels of the organization by launching a Diversity & Flexibility Steering Group and introducing gender equality targets.
BrisbaneLevel 8 175 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
MelbourneLevel 19 181 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
SydneyLevel 27, A.M.P. Centre 50 Bridge Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Collecting information about you
This policy relates to Baker & McKenzie's collection of personal information that is covered by the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) other than credit related information covered by Part IIIA of the Privacy Act which is covered by our Credit Reporting Policy. This policy is not intended to cover categories of personal information that are not covered by the Privacy Act. Baker & McKenzie also complies with the Spam Act 2003 (Cth) which regulates the sending of emails and other commercial electronic messages.
The main types of personal information Baker & McKenzie collects relate to the contact details and organisational roles of clients, suppliers and other business contacts. Typically, this information includes name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and job title. It may also include details of your expertise, interests and memberships of professional organisations or boards. We collect most of this information directly from individuals when we deal with them but may also collect this information from third parties, such as our event partners. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that contact.
In the course of providing legal services to our clients we also collect personal information for purposes such as legal proceedings and advising clients. Our handling of this information is subject to professional ethical standards.
We also collect information about our contractors engaged by us to perform services. Such information might include remuneration details, hours of work, emergency contact details, superannuation fund and related details, tax file number, bank account details and emergency contact details. During the course of a contractor's engagement, additional personal information may be collected, for example, performance and remuneration reviews and leave records and other information as notified from time to time
If you do not provide us with the personal information that we may request, we may not be able to provide you with our full range of services.
Using and disclosing your personal information
Our main purposes in collecting information about individuals are:
- to provide legal services;
- to maintain contact with clients;
- to keep clients and other contacts informed of the services we offer and of legal developments that may be of interest to them;
- to notify clients and other contacts of seminars and other events that we are holding and running surveys to improve our services or to conduct thought leadership;
- to administer any contract we may have with you; and
- for general management and reporting purposes, such as invoicing and account management
Baker & McKenzie does not and would not routinely disclose personal information to other organisations unless:
- required by law;
- we believe it necessary to provide you with a product or service which you have requested;
- to protect the rights, property or personal safety of any member of the public or the interests of Baker & McKenzie;
- the assets and operations of the firm or a part of the firm are transferred to another party as a going concern, or
- you give your consent
Baker & McKenzie is bound by professional obligations of confidentiality and legal professional privilege and we will handle all information we receive including any personal information in accordance with those obligations.
Baker & McKenzie may collaborate with third parties for events or seminars and uses a range of service providers to help us maximise the quality and efficiency of our services and our business operations. This means that individuals and organisations outside of Baker & McKenzie, such as mail houses and event organisers, will sometimes have access to personal information held by Baker & McKenzie and may collect or use it on behalf of Baker & McKenzie. We require third parties we provide information to, to adhere to our privacy guidelines and not to keep this information or use it for any unauthorised purposes.
Limited personal information regarding individuals applying for employment with Baker & McKenzie will be collected. This information is held, used and disclosed as reasonably necessary for the purposes of the recruitment process and statistical reporting and tracking purposes. A resume will only be retained with the individual's consent. All resumes retained on file will be destroyed after a period of twelve months. Reference checks will be conducted only after receiving consent from the individual to collect this information. The applicant will be notified as to which third parties this information will be passed on to.
Disclosure of information outside of Australia
Please note that as a global firm Baker & McKenzie exchanges information, including personal information, between our offices. Further, some of our service providers will be located overseas. As a result, we may disclose personal information outside of Australia to countries whose privacy laws do not provide the same level of protection as Australia's including the United States, Hong Kong, Germany and the Philippines. However, this does not change any of our commitments to safeguard your privacy and the information remains subject to existing confidentiality obligations.
Baker & McKenzie marketing practices
We may contact you on an ongoing basis by mail, phone, fax or email, in order to provide you with updated information about our services, seminars or other events that we are running or publications that we have produced or to ask for your participation in surveys we may conduct. If you are receiving promotional information from Baker & McKenzie and do not wish to receive this information any longer, you may remove your name from our list by contacting our Privacy Officer at Privacy Australia and asking to be removed from our mailing list.
Our website privacy practices
We sometimes use cookie technology on our website to provide information and services to website visitors. Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your computer's hard disk for record keeping purposes and are a necessary part of facilitating online transactions. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies. Cookies are useful to estimate our number of members and determine overall traffic patterns through our website.
You can access and correct the information we keep about you. If at any time you want to know exactly what personal information we hold about you, you are welcome to request access to your record by contacting our privacy officer at Privacy Australia. We will usually respond to your application within 14 days. If at any time you wish to change personal information that is inaccurate or out of date, please contact us and we can amend this record. If you wish to have your personal information deleted, please let us know and we will take reasonable steps to delete it unless we need to keep it for legal or auditing reasons.
Storage and security of your personal information
Baker & McKenzie will endeavour to take all reasonable steps to keep secure any information which we hold about you, and to keep this information accurate and up to date. We also require our employees and data processors to respect the confidentiality of any personal information held by Baker & McKenzie.
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Future changes to this policy
Credit Reporting Policy
This Credit Reporting Policy applies to Baker & McKenzie and its affiliates (Baker & McKenzie) in relation to its operations in Australia and explains how Baker & McKenzie handles credit related information and complies with the credit reporting provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act). If you have further questions relating to this policy, please contact our Australian Privacy Officer at Privacy Australia.
Collecting information about you:
- This policy relates to Baker & McKenzie's collection of credit related information that is covered by Part IIIA of the Privacy Act and is not intended to cover other categories of personal information.
- The main types of credit related information Baker & McKenzie collects relate to the contact details of clients, suppliers and other business contacts including officers and certain employees, requests for information we make to credit reporting bodies and the type and amount of credit we provide. Baker & McKenzie also collects consumer credit reports, information about personal insolvency and related court proceedings, and certain publicly available information on clients' officers and employees.
- We collect credit related information directly from individuals when we deal with them but may also collect this information from third parties such as credit reporting bodies. If you do not provide us with the credit related information that we may request, we may not be able to provide our full range of services.
- Collecting, holding, using and disclosing your credit related information
Our main purposes in collecting, holding, using and disclosing credit related information about individuals are:
- to assess as to whether we will provide credit terms;
- for the ongoing review and management of an account, such as invoicing;
- to assist clients to avoid defaulting on their credit obligations;
- to participate in the credit reporting system; and
- to undertake debt recovery and enforcement activities
Baker & McKenzie may give your credit related information to Veda Advantage or Dun & Bradstreet, which are credit reporting bodies, to obtain consumer credit report on you or if you fail to meet your payment obligations. You have a right to request the credit reporting body not to use your credit related information if you believe on reasonable grounds that you have been or are likely to be a victim of fraud. You may obtain a copy of the credit reporting body's management of credit information policy by contacting them as follows:
By post: Veda Advantage, Veda - Customer Resolutions PO Box 964 North Sydney NSW 2059
By telephone: 1300 762 207
Dun & Bradstreet
By post: Dun and Bradstreet, Attn: Public Access Centre, PO Box 7405, St Kilda VIC 3004
By telephone: 1300 734 806
Disclosure of credit related information outside of Australia
Please note that as a global firm Baker & McKenzie exchanges information, including credit related information, between our offices and agents. As a result, we may disclose credit related information outside of Australia to countries whose privacy laws do not provide the same level of protection as Australia's including the United States, Hong Kong, Germany and the Philippines, but their access is limited only to information needed for them to perform their functions. However, this does not change any of our commitments to safeguard your privacy and the information remains subject to our obligations under Part IIIA of the Privacy Act.
You can access and correct the credit related information we keep about you. You have special rights to access your credit related information held by us. If at any time you want to know exactly what credit related information we hold about you, you are welcome to request access to your record by contacting our privacy officer at Privacy Australia.
We will usually respond to your application within 14 days. If we require more time, we will let you know. If we refuse your request, we will provide you with a notice explaining our decision. There is no charge for making a request for access to your credit related information but there may be an administration charge for providing access in accordance with your request.
If at any time you wish to change or correct your credit related information that is inaccurate or out of date, please contact us and we can amend this record. If we do not agree with your correction request, we will provide you with a notice explaining our decision and how you can complain about our decision. There is no charge for making a correction request or for the correction of your credit related information.
Storage and security of your credit related information
Baker & McKenzie will endeavour to take all reasonable steps to keep secure any credit related information which we hold about you, and to keep this information accurate and up to date. We also require our employees and data processors to respect the confidentiality of any personal information held by Baker & McKenzie.
If you believe that we may not have complied with our obligations under the Part IIIA of the Privacy Act or the Credit Reporting Code, please contact our Privacy Officer at Privacy Australia. You will receive an acknowledgement of your complaint within 7 days. If you are not satisfied with the way your complaint is being handled, you can contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Future changes to this policy
We reserve the right to change this Credit Reporting Policy at any time and notify you by posting an updated version of the policy on our website. If at any point we decide to use or disclose your credit related information in a manner materially different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify you by email or via a prominent notice on our website, and where necessary we will seek your prior consent.