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Privacy statement – receivership appointments (personal – borrower)

The Insolvency Practitioner appointed as a receiver over the specific assets of the individual acts as joint controller, with Grant Thornton (NI) LLP, in respect of your personal data.  Both parties have agreed that Grant Thornton (NI) LLP shall be responsible for operating the insolvency appointment.  We want to protect the privacy of all parties whose personal data we process in the course of our appointments.

Please read the following statement; it will help you to understand how we use your personal data.

About us

In this privacy statement “we”, “our”, and “us” refers to Grant Thornton (NI) LLP, the legal entity, and the Insolvency Practitioner appointed over your assets collectively.

Contact details are set out below.

What personal data do we collect?

In addition to the personal data that you provide directly to us, we may process the following personal data about you that we receive from third party sources:

  • Biographical Details – name
  • Contact Details – address, email address and telephone number(s)
  • Revenue Details – National Insurance number
  • Details of Assets – details of the assets over which the receiver has been appointed (e.g. for properties, the address of the property)

What are the sources of your personal data?

Personal data will be obtained from you directly.  In addition, personal data will be provided to us by the charge holder, or from their agents.  We may also consult publically available records in relation to you or the assets over which we are appointed.

Why do we process your personal data?

We process your personal data in order to conduct the receivership in relation to the underlying asset.  This involves securing the asset and, where necessary, insuring the asset, undertaking and completing the sale of the asset, and remitting the funds generated by the sale of the asset to the charge holder and, in the event of a surplus, to the owner(s) of the asset.

Our processing of your personal data in these circumstances is on the basis that it is necessary for the purposes of pursuing our legitimate interests and the legitimate interests of the charge holder.  The legitimate interests that we pursue are our interests in performing our appointment and operating our business.  The legitimate interest of the charge holder is in the recovery of monies owed to it by way of exercising its security rights over the assets.  We may also be required to process your personal data in order to comply with our legal obligations.

To whom might we disclose your personal data?

  • Estate agent / auctioneer – We will engage the services of an estate agent or auctioneer or similar service provider such as assessors, surveyors and valuers, to value the property, where necessary manage the property and to assist in its sale.  We will disclose to these service providers that we have been appointed as a receiver over the property, which may include disclosing your contact details to the service provider so that they can complete the service for which they have been engaged
  • Financial institutions – we may be required to engage with financial institutions to assist with the company and in preparing the proposal. We would then need to provide them with information about directors, shareholders and employees 


  • Architects / Engineers / Tradesmen – we may need to engage an architect / engineer or similar service provider concerning maintenance and upkeep of the property and if we do, we may be required to disclose your contact details due to your occupation of the property
  • Security company – Where necessary we will engage the services of a security company to enter into and secure the property, and in certain circumstances to ensure the on-going security of the property.  When we engage a security company, we disclose to them that the property is subject to the receivership process, which may involve disclosing your contact details in the event that you remain in occupation of parts of the property
  • Utility companies – Where necessary we engage with utility companies in order to arrange for the payment of outstanding bills and to ensure on-going payment of bills.  When we contact utility companies, we disclose that the property is subject to the receivership process, which involves disclosing your name as an occupant of the property
  • Legal advisors – We may disclose details of our appointment to our legal advisors in order to confirm the validity of our appointment and to address legal queries or issues that may arise during the course of the receivership
  • Third Party Software Providers – Vision Blue (Insolvency management software), iManage (document management software)

We may be required in certain circumstances, by law or by regulations or by Professional Bodies, located both within the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA), to make reports to regulatory and law enforcement authorities or to such bodies, or to disclose documents or information or take other action, as a result of information received by us or matters which come to our attention during the course of our engagement. We may also be required to provide Regulatory Bodies, Grant Thornton International Limited or Professional Bodies with access to our work papers in order to facilitate monitoring inspections.

Transfers abroad

We are an all-Ireland firm and therefore data is processed in all offices (ROI/NI) for the legitimate interest to ensure efficient running of the business.

Whilst we store personal data on servers both in Dublin and the UK, in line with the above, we may need to transfer personal data outside the UK. This includes to countries that are not recognised by the Government of the UK as providing an equivalent level of protection for personal data as in the UK (also known as having adequacy). Where we do so, we ensure that appropriate measures are in place to comply with our obligations under data protection legislation. This can include entering into an agreement governing the transfer containing the ‘standard contractual clauses’ (also known as ‘model clauses’) approved for this purpose by the Government of the UK.

Our retention of your personal data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

Your rights

You have the right, subject to certain exemptions:

  • to obtain a copy of any personal data we hold about you,
  • to request rectification or erasure of such data,
  • to request restriction of processing or to object to processing,
  • and data portability.  


If you wish to exercise these rights, please contact us using the details below.

Our contact details

If you would like to contact us, please write to us or email us using the contact details below:

Registered office address: Grant Thornton (NI) LLP, 12-15 Donegall Square West, Belfast, BT1 6JH, Northern Ireland.

Email address:


You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office, or another supervisory authority.