As you will be aware, the health and social care sector (like others) is working hard to maintain essential services in what are extremely challenging times. Whilst the manner in which many of us work is being adapted in line with current Government and Public Health England guidance, it is recognised that much of the work we undertake can’t simply just stop. So, there is a balance to be had between ensuring, as far as possible, the wellbeing of everyone (especially vulnerable people) and maintaining vital services. I am committed to maintaining as many of the services I provide throughout this period of uncertainty whilst acting responsibly to help ensure the safety of those I work with, vulnerable people and their carers.

To this end, until further notice, the following will apply:

Where possible, I will assess and consult people using non face-to-face methods such as Skype and telephone calls. Sometimes this is not possible and, in those situations, where safe to do so, I will continue with a face-to-face approach. If this is required, current Government guidelines will be followed. Whichever method will be adopted will depend entirely upon the nature and urgency of the work and will be discussed with the instructing party and care providers where applicable.

I wish you a safe and healthy time as we work together over the coming months,

Best Wishes, Gary.

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Privacy Notice

Gary Crisp Consultants Ltd provide Social Work, training and expert witness services based at 80-83 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9ET. This privacy notice provides information about the personal information we process about you as a data controller, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Our ICO registration number is ZA149740.  Gary Crisp Consultants is a trading name of Gary Crisp Consultants Ltd, a limited company and our registration number is 07954749.

Please contact Gary Crisp at with any questions or requests about the personal information we process.

Your rights

We are committed to protecting your rights to privacy. They include:

  • Right to be informed about what we do with your personal data;
  • Right to have a copy of all the personal information we process about you;
  • Right to rectification of any inaccurate data we process, and to add to the information we hold about you if it is incomplete;
  • Right to be forgotten and your personal data destroyed;
  • Right to restrict the processing of your personal data;
  • Right to object to the processing we carry out based on our legitimate interest;

The personal data we process, why we process it, where it comes from and the legal basis for doing so

Legal cases

We process the personal data of individuals who are obtaining legal advice or are engaged in a legal dispute, and also the personal data of witnesses and others with links to the issues in the case.

Social Work Services

We process the personal data of individuals who receive social work services including; mental capacity assessments, deprivation of liberty assessments and care assessments.  We also process the personal data of professionals, family members and others with links to the service being provided.

The personal data may include:

  • Financial information and bank details;
  • Health information and social circumstances;
  • Information about race, ethnic origin and sex;

The personal data are generally provided by the person instructing us in relation to the particular service, who is usually a solicitor or local authority.

We process the data because it is in our legitimate interests as an expert witness and Social Worker to do so. We need to see and analyse documents containing this information in order to provide our expert advice and Social Work services.

In relation to any special category personal data, such as health records or information concerning, race, ethnic origin, or sex is, we rely on the legal claims basis for processing this data, in addition to our legitimate interest.

In many cases, an individual has consented to the transfer of their personal data to us. Where an individual has consented, he or she may easily withdraw it by notifying Gary Crisp at the email address above.

Other personal data

We also process personal data pursuant to our legitimate interests in running our business such as:

  • Invoices and receipts;
  • Accounts, VAT and tax returns;
  • Insurance policies and related documents;

We use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Their privacy policies can be found by visiting their respective websites.  If you have contacted us using one of these platforms, we may reply using the same method but won’t process your information outside of these platforms without your prior consent or unless it is in our legitimate interests to do so.

Finally, our website uses a contact form to make contacting us as easy as possible.  The contact form sends an email to our email client where your data is stored to ensure we can respond to your message.  Our website ( uses cookies and logs user IP addresses to analyse our traffic.  We use a platform called StatCounter to achieve this and details of the cookies set on your computer can be found by visiting their website.

Retention period

Personal data is retained, where necessary, for six years in compliance with our professional indemnity obligations. Where this is not necessary, it is destroyed on the conclusion of the case.

Administrative data is retained for up to six years as necessary, in the unlikely event there are queries from HMRC and the VAT commissioner. Where it is not necessary to retain the data for six years, it is destroyed as soon as possible.

Whom do we share personal data with?

We share personal data internally strictly on a need to know basis.

Special category data and personnel files held electronically are password protected with restricted access. Hard copy special category and other personal data is stored securely with restricted access.

We do not share personal data with anyone external to the organisation, other than with:

  • Those who have instructed us as an expert witness or Social Worker
  • HMRC and the VAT Commissioner as they require
  • With others pursuant to a court order

Information Commissioner’ s Office

If you have any concerns about the way your personal information has been processed, please contact Gary Crisp above. Alternatively, you may contact the Information Commissioner’ s Office on 0303 123 1113.