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Ches Crosbie Barristers

Newfoundland Accident and Injury Law Firm

This is the story of how Newfoundland and Labrador law firm Ches Crosbie Barristers began, its current practices, and what makes us different.

Ches Crosbie Barristers was founded in 1991. The idea behind this small law firm was to build a Newfoundland and Labrador personal injury law practice dedicated to providing access to justice to individuals, particularly those who have traditionally had little contact with lawyers. Since 1991, the firm has helped many thousands of individuals and families protect their legal rights.

Ches Crosbie Barristers is still a boutique Newfoundland law firm committed to providing access to justice to the deserving. Our case selection includes car accidents, other accidents causing injury or death, medical malpractice, and class actions. We also selectively consider commercial litigation on behalf of the victimized. Ches Crosbie Barristers is committed to protecting the rights of injury victims and the firm never represents insurance companies or product manufacturers.

We pursue just and timely outcomes based on reasonable accommodation, but we vigorously litigate when necessary. We believe it's in the client's best interest to accept reasonable settlement, but in consultation with you, we’ll fight on your behalf in trial if that’s the best way to achieve fair reward.

Ches Crosbie Barristers prides itself on its commitment to fair and ethical contingency fees. Before 1989, many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians didn’t understand their options for legal representation because lawyers in this province were severely restricted in their rights to advertise. They were not allowed to publish their fees or give information about important legal rights. Many people were afraid to approach a Newfoundland personal injury lawyer, and did not know that they could arrange to pay legal fees by way of a contingent fee agreement – meaning your lawyer is paid a percentage based fee only when you, the client, collect money. It also means that if you don't collect, neither does your lawyer. Now, lawyers have more freedom in their advertising. Ches Crosbie Barristers has made practicing and educating people about ethical contingency fees an integral part of our practice. This helps provide access to justice to people regardless of how much money they have.

Ches Crosbie Barristers is unique in its efforts to empower you the consumer with information about personal injury law in Newfoundland and Labrador. One of the reasons people need lawyers is because the law is difficult to understand. We want to break down barriers to understanding law in order to enhance people’s understanding of their legal options. It also helps us work better with our clients. Order one or more of the free books written by Newfoundland and Labrador accident and injury lawyer Ches Crosbie to learn about your legal options. Peruse our website for more information and contact us for a free no-obligation consultation about your potential case.

Ches Crosbie Barristers has grown to be a highly respected Newfoundland and Labrador accident and injury law firm, asserting leadership in all forms of claims. Our efforts have resulted in numerous settlement and case law benchmarks and our access to justice commitment has earned the respect of other Newfoundland and Labrador lawyers. On their recommendation, we are listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. This is a peer-reviewed lawyer directory where you cannot purchase a listing.

We see the pain and suffering caused by accidents every day, particularly car accidents. That’s why Ches Crosbie Barristers helps make the roads in Newfoundland and Labrador safer. Ches Crosbie Barristers is a sponsor and provides legal advice to the Coalition Advocating for Road Safety (CARS), an advocacy organization working to reduce the number of car accidents in Newfoundland and Labrador by 50% in five years. We also promote brain injury awareness and prevention in various ways.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident through someone else’s carelessness or intentional wrongdoing, Ches Crosbie Barristers will fight to get you everything you rightfully deserve for your losses. Call us toll-free for a free no-obligation consultation about your potential injury case at 1-888-579-3262, or fill out this confidential online form to have a representative of our firm contact you.

 

CLIENT PRIVACY POLICY

Ches Crosbie Barristers recognizes the importance of client privacy and the sensitivity of the personal information that we may have concerning any individual. As practicing lawyers we have a professional and ethical obligation to keep confidential, all information we receive within a lawyer-client relationship subject to the client’s instructions. Further, we are committed to safeguarding personal information concerning any individual. 
YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS

Ches Crosbie Barristers law firm manages your personal information in compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), as required.
WHY WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION

We
collect personal information for the purposes of serving the legal and related needs of our clients.  We require information to:  
          
- Understand, access and assist you our client, with your ongoing legal needs.

- Ensure information is accurate and up-to-date
- Collect information through legal means on you and other individuals for the purposes of providing legal services to clients.

WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

Personal information is any information that identifies you. Business contact information such as your office address, job title, business phone number, email address, fax number or other related business contact information is not considered personal information. We follow reasonable and prudent business practices to collect, use and disclose your personal information for the purpose of providing you with legal services.


HOW DO WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

We collect information only by lawful and fair means. When we make directed individual requests for your relevant sensitive personal information from a particular organization or business, such as medical professionals or financial institutions, we will obtain your written consent.  Wherever possible we collect your personal information directly from you.  We may ask you for your consent, at the start of a retainer and during the course of our representation.  Your consent may be in writing, verbal or implied as necessary to further your legal needs.  Our privacy statement is your notice of the purposes for which we collect, use or disclose your personal information or business contact information. 
Dependent on the legal services provided, with your consent, we may obtain this relevant information from: 

- you
- medical professionals
- public registries such the Registry of Deeds or the Probate Registry
- f
inancial institutions (for example to assess financial loss in a litigation)
- y
our employer (for example, employment evidence for damage assessment)
- motor vehicle and driver licensing authorities
- l
aw enforcement, if relevant
- investigators
CONSENT

- Our practice is to request either your written or express oral consent, which may be given in person or over the telephone if your identity is authenticated,
- If you volunteer to provide relevant personal information verbally or in writing , we assume that you are consenting to the collection, use and disclosure  of your personal information as described in our Privacy Policy, or
- When you initiate contact with us, we may determine that consent has been implied for us to collect, use and disclose personal information in a reasonable manner. 
      
- In some situations, we will require express consent in writing, by the provision of a letter, application form, electronic signature, or other document authorizing certain activities. 

- There are certain circumstances where we are required or permitted by law, to collect, use and disclose personal information without consent.  We will handle all personal information confidentially and will substantiate the legal authority to collect, use and disclose personal information in these circumstances.
Under certain circumstances, we will disclose your personal information without your consent:

- when we are required or authorized by law to do so, for example if a court issues a subpoena;
- when the use of the information is necessary to respond to an emergency that threatens the life, health or security of an individual or the public; 
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when it is necessary to establish or collect our fees; or
- if the information is already publicly known.
USE OF YOUR INFORMATION

We use your personal information to provide legal advice and services to you and to administer our legal business incidental to providing legal services, such as client billing.  We may also send you information about new developments in the law and news of our firm, such as contained in a periodic newsletter.  You may at any time withdraw your consent by notifying us, and we will not send you any such material.
We do not disclose or sell your personal information or business contact information to any third party to enable them to market their products and services. 
Who do we release information to?

When we release information about you, it is done to serve specific needs, in the course of providing legal services. With your consent, we may provide information to: 

- Our staff and agents who use the information for the reasonable business purpose of providing you with legal services 
- To a third party we contract to provide administrative services to the law firm (like computer back-up services or archival file storage) and the third party agrees to comply with our privacy policy and privacy laws;
- Professionals working with us such as investigators, paralegals and expert f
inancial institutions, for example, the institution that carries your mortgage.

Accuracy of Your Information

You have the right to request a correction of the personal information that we hold about you.  We rely on you to provide us with accurate and up-to-date personal and business contact information for the purposes of providing you with legal services and to maintain contact with you.  If during the course of our professional relationship, any of your information changes, please inform us so that we can make any necessary changes.
How do we protect your personal information?

In order to protect your personal information, we will:
            
- Not collect, use or disclose your personal information for any purpose other than those we identify to you or are reasonably evident.
- Only disclose your personal information to those persons who have a need to know your personal information for the purposes stated in this Privacy Policy.
- Keep your personal information only for as long as needed to fulfill the stated purpose or as required by law. We destroy client profiles after ten (10) years and much of the information gathered to represent you is returned to you at the time of closing of your matter. 
- Maintain your personal information in as accurate, complete and up-to-date a form as possible.
- Keep your personal information physically secure, for example, in locked or secure offices, rooms and/or filing cabinets.
 
ACCESS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

You may request access to the personal information we have about you.  The request must be in writing and directed to the law firm’s privacy officer identified below.  We will charge a reasonable fee for retrieval and copying of your personal information.  If the retrieval or copying or your request is extensive, we will notify you of the fee prior to retrieval and copying. 
Can I be Denied Access to My Personal Information?

There are exceptions to your right to access your personal information. By law, we must deny access when:

- your file contains personal information on a third party and the information cannot be severed to maintain the privacy of the third party information;
- required or authorized by law (for example, when a record containing personal information about you is subject to a claim of legal professional privilege by one of our clients);
We have the right to deny access to your information and may deny access when:

- your information relates to existing or anticipated legal proceedings against you, including unpaid bills to the law firm;


If we deny your request for access to, or refuse a request to correct information, we shall explain why. In all cases we will attempt to mediate a resolution if possible. 
COMMUNICATIONS BY E-MAIL

E-mail is not a secure, confidential method of communicating your confidential and personal information with us.  We will not use e-mail to send personal or confidential information unless you expressly authorize this form of communication and accept all the inherent risks associated with this type of communication.
CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT

We may review and change our Privacy Policy from time to time in order to update our privacy commitment to you in keeping with current privacy laws. 
Contact Information & Resources

Please contact our Privacy Officer at the address below or access our website under Privacy, if you: 

- Wish to access your personal information
- Wish to change your consent regarding the manner in which we collect, use and disclose your personal information as outlined in our Privacy Policy
- Have concerns about our privacy policies or how we've handled your personal information
 
If you are not satisfied with our response, the Privacy Commissioner of Newfoundland can be reached at:
www.oipc.ab.ca

Phone: 1-888-878-4044