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Privacy Policy.

As the operators of various products, services and our website (together the Hanna Hillen Financial Services  Services’), Hanna Hillen Financial Services (hereby referred to as "we", “us”) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Privacy and Cookies Policy (“Policy”) (together with and any other documents referred to therein) sets out the basis on which the personal data collected 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.

For the purpose of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”, from the GDPR implementation date) or, until GDPR implementation date, the Data Protection Act 2018, (collectively the “Data Protection Laws”) the Data Controller is Hanna Hillen Financial Services. 

We are an authorised representative of the Best Practice IFA Group Limited (“Best Practice”), who assist us with various aspects of our compliance activity, including FCA compliance, AML checks and data protection. In order that Best Practice can provide these services, we are required to send across personal data we have collected. More information about how Best Practice will use your personal data can be found in their Privacy Notice at


We collect and process some or all of the following types of information from you:-

•    Information that you provide by filling in forms on the Website or filing in forms as part of the registration process - this includes information provided at the time of registering to use the Website –, subscribing to our service, or requesting further information or services. We may also ask you for information when you enquire about services.

•    Any information input by you when using the Website, completing our survey forms, and any other services.

•    Details of your visits to the Website, including your IP Address, information viewed or searched for, page response times, lengths of visit, login information, browser type and version,  traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, and the resources that you access, so we may compile statistics relating to your use of the website

•    If you are seeking advice or other services from us we will undertake a getting to know you process. 

•    The provision of your name, address and date of birth, as well as other personal data is required from you to enable us to fulfil our regulatory and legal obligations.  We will inform you at the point of collecting information from you, whether you are required to provide the information to us.

•    The types of information that you are required to provide to us will vary depending on the products that     they are advising you about, but will usually include:

  • your name

  • postal address;

  • email address;

  • telephone number;

  • date of birth;

  • gender; 

  • bank details;

  • tax identifiers;

  • other information as required by your chosen product providers or as required by our regulators; and 
    information about your financial affairs, tax affairs, assets and liabilities;

In addition, this may also include special category personal data relating to:

  • your Health.

•    In order to provide financial planning services to you in accordance with this agreement, this may include but is not limited to giving you financial advice and making recommendations as to investments and financial products which are suitable for you. We do so by taking into account current financial markets and economic conditions, availability of products and the providers of those products, as well as a detailed analysis of your personal circumstances and financial requirements and objectives.

•    Where you have investments or other types of polices, we will obtain information on these either from you or, upon agreement from you, directly from the providers concerned. We will assess your Attitude to Risk and Capacity for loss and record this in our documentation. We will retain records of any investments or policies that you arrange through us. 

•    Where we are providing an ongoing service we will update the information as part of our review process and note our records.

•    Information may be obtained from you face to face, via telephone, through e-mail or completion of online documentation. As the information is required to enable us to provide our services, if you choose not to provide it we may not be able to continue to advise you. 

•    Where we obtain your data otherwise than directly from you, you will have the same or equivalent rights to those set out in this Notice.

•    If you contact Us, We may keep a record of that correspondence.

•    We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.

Information We Collect From Other Sources

We may request information on any existing plans and policies you may currently hold to assist us in research for full financial review. We will also obtain personal data from other sources as follows:

•    Financial details on your policy(s) from Professional Introducers and Insurance Companies



Lawful basis for processing

We use information held about you for the following purposes:

To provide you with our services and to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and Us, including:

•    To send you service, support and administrative messages, reminders, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and information requested by you.  

•    To operate, protect and improve Our services, Our business, and Our clients' experience.

•    To respond to any enquiries you submit to Us.

•    As part of Our efforts to keep Our services safe and secure

•    Where we have a contract with you to provide our services, and where the processing of your data is necessary to perform such contract, we rely on “performance of a contract with the data subject” as the legal basis for the processing. In all other circumstances we rely on “legitimate interest” and our legitimate interests are improvement of our services and/or prevention or detection of fraud.

•    Where you provide us with special category data, this will be used solely with your consent to research and advise on one or more products to suit your needs and to assist you with applications for and management of such products, and to provide such special category data to Best Practice and third party providers so that they can carry out the services that they provide to Us.

•    To comply with our legal obligations as an authorised representative of an FCA regulated entity, including preparing and sending reports and submissions to Best Practice and/or regulatory authorities such as the FCA.  “Compliance with a legal obligation” is the lawful basis on which we rely when we are carrying out regulated activities.

•    To ensure that content on the Website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for the device(s) you use to access and view the Website. In these circumstances we rely on “legitimate interest” and the legitimate interest is the improvement of our services.

•    We may use your personal data to provide statistical analysis of the use of our website via the use of cookies. In these circumstances we rely on “consent” to our use of non-essential cookies.  

•    We also use your personal data where you have contacted us via the Website, by e-mail or telephone or participated in any surveys.  In these circumstances we rely on “legitimate interest” and the legitimate interest is responding to and contacting you regarding the enquiries you have made in relation to the services we offer.

•    When we speak with you about your investment and insurance requirements, we do so on the basis that both parties are entering a contract for the supply of services. We have the right to use your personal data in order to perform that contract, and to arrange the products or services that you require. 

•    Alternatively, either in the course of initial discussions with you or when the contract between us has come to an end, we have the right to use your personal data provided it is in our legitimate business interest to do so and your rights are not affected.  For example, we may need to respond to requests from product providers, insurance providers or third party service providers, compliance providers relating to the advice we have given to you, or to make contact with you to seek feedback on the service you received.

•    We will use your personal data to comply with regulatory obligations imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority in regard to the relevant ‘Know Your Client’ obligations.  In addition, to comply with the Regulator’s requirements for record keeping for the purposes of audits and reviews, records of transactions undertaken, customer histories, or for any other wider compliance with any legal or regulatory obligation to which we might be subject. 

•    To respond to any legitimate legal requests for information about you for example to the Regulatory authority, HMRC, or pursuant to an order of any court or tribunal having relevant jurisdiction, or as required by law for the purposes of but not limited to combatting fraud, money-laundering and criminal activities.

•    To carry out our legitimate business and professional management responsibilities which include, but are not limited to providing you with suitable advice, ensuring your portfolio and financial products continue to be suitable for you, adhere to anti money laundering requirements and investigating and resolving complaints.

•    We may also rely on your consent as provided when you sign up to using our Services as the lawful basis on which we collect and use your personal data. 

The basis upon which we will process certain parts of Your Personal Data

•    Where you ask us to assist you with for example your insurance needs, in particular life insurance, we may ask you information about your, your health (special data). We will record and use this special data to make enquiries of insurance providers in relation to insurance products that may meet your needs and to provide you with advice regarding the suitability of any product that may be available to you.

•    Information on Special Category Data must be capable of being exchanged freely between insurance intermediaries such as our Firm, and insurance providers, to enable customers to secure the important insurance protection that their needs may require from time to time.

Purposes of processing

We use information held about you in the following ways:

•    To provide you with our services.

•    To ensure that content on the Website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for the device(s) you use to access and view the Website;

•    To provide you with information and offers that you request from us or which we feel may interest you.

•    To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.

•    To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.

•    To notify you about changes to our service.

Who has access to your information?

•    We will not sell or rent your information to third parties. We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes. 

•    From time to time your Personal Data will be shared with:

•    Investment, insurance and other financial service product providers.

•    Third parties to assist us in the delivery of our services to you e.g. to assist us with your enquiry or applications, or who are able to support your needs as identified. These third parties may include but are not limited to, our Compliance advisers, paraplanning support providers, product specialists, investment firms, third party research/ analysis firms, estate agents, providers of legal, accountancy, IT and other back office support services.

•    In each case, your Personal Data will only be shared for the purposes set out in this privacy notice, e.g. to progress your or our investment, insurance and other enquires and/or to provide you with our professional services or to comply with any legal, regulatory or other legislative requirement. 

•    Please note that this sharing of Your Personal Data does not entitle such third parties to send you marketing or promotional messages: it is shared to ensure we can adequately fulfil our responsibilities to you, and as otherwise set out in this Privacy Notice.


In addition to the above uses we may use your information to notify you about goods or services which may be of interest to you. Where we do this, we will contact you by electronic means (e-mail or SMS) only if you have consented to such communication.  If you do not want Us to use your data in this way please either (i) tick the relevant box situated on your service charter on which We collect your data; (ii) unsubscribe from our electronic communications using the method indicated in the relevant communication; or (iii) inform Us at any time by contacting Us at the contact details set out below.


We routinely disclose your personal data to third parties as follows:

•    We pass your information to Best Practice, who provide us with various compliance services.  Best Practice is a separate data controller, and details of what they do with your data can be found here: 

•    We may pass your information to our third party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks, necessary identity verification checks and providing services to you on our behalf (e.g. to host our servers).

We may disclose your personal data to any member of our corporate group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006 (where applicable).

We may also disclose your personal data to third parties:

•    in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets; or 

•    if we or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by us about our customers will be one of the transferred assets; or 

•    if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our client agreement/service charter; or 

•    to protect Our rights, property, or safety or that of our affiliated entities and our users and any third party we interact with to provide the Website; or

•    in relation to selected third parties only, only to the extent that you have consented to such selected third parties notifying you about certain goods or services, which may be if interest to you.

Other than as set out above, and save insofar as is necessary in order for us to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, we will not share your data with third parties unless we have procured your express consent to do so.



We take appropriate measures to ensure that any personal data are kept secure, including security measures to prevent personal data from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way.   We limit access to your personal data to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

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 Website; 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 Website may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and terms of use and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies and terms of use. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Keeping your personal data up to date

If your personal details change, you may update them by accessing this data through the Wealth Platform Portal, or by contacting us using the contact details below. If you have any questions about how we use data collected which relates to you, please contact us by sending a request by email to the contact details below.

We will endeavour to update your personal data within seven working days of any new or updated personal data being provided to us, in order to ensure that the personal data we hold about you is as accurate and up to date as possible.

How long we keep your personal data

•    We will hold personal data (e.g. name, address, date of birth and contact details) in line with our regulatory and legal obligations as set out by our regulator – currently a minimum of 5 years for investment business 

•    If you contact us as a prospective customer by any method e.g. face to face meeting, using our e-mail address or via our website contact form requesting general information about our services, we will hold that personal data you choose to provide such as, but not limited to, your name, address, e-mail address, for 12 months from our last point of contact.

•    Data such as IP Addresses, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data will be retained for 26 months.

Where we store your personal data

All of the information that we hold about you is stored on our secure servers within the EEA. 

The data that We collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is held securely and in accordance with this Policy. Countries outside the EEA do not have the same data protection laws as the United Kingdom and EEA and We have therefore ensured that any of our suppliers who may transfer your personal data outside the EEA has put in place appropriate measures to protect your data, either by being a member of the US-EU Privacy Shield, or by entering into a European Commission approved contract (as permitted under Article 46(5) of the General Data Protection Regulation).

If you would like further information, please contact Us or the Compliance Director at Best Practice (see ‘Contact’ below). We will not otherwise transfer your personal data outside of the United Kingdom or EEA or to any organisation (or subordinate bodies) governed by public international law or which is set up under any agreement between two or more countries.


Under the General Data Protection Regulation you have a number of important rights free of charge.

In summary, those include rights to:

•    access to your personal data and to certain other supplementary information that this Policy is already designed to address
•    require us to correct any mistakes in your information which we hold
•    require the erasure of personal data concerning you in certain situations
•    receive the personal data concerning you which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to a third party in certain situations
•    object at any time to processing of personal data concerning you for direct marketing
•    object to decisions being taken by automated means which produce legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affect you
•    object in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal data
•    otherwise restrict our processing of your personal data in certain circumstances
•    claim compensation for damages caused by our breach of any data protection laws.

For further information on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on individual’s rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.

If you would like to exercise any of those rights, please:
•    email, call or write to us or our Compliance Director at Best Practice IFA Group Limited
•    let us have enough information to identify you 
•    let us have proof of your identity and address (a copy of your driving licence or passport and a recent utility or credit card bill), and
•    let us know the information to which your request relates 


We hope that we or our Compliance Director can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information. 

The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at or telephone: 0303 123 1113.


We reserve the right to modify this Policy at any time. Any changes we may make to our Policy in the future will be notified and made available to you using the Website. Your continued use of the services and the Website shall be deemed your acceptance of the varied privacy policy.


We may collect information about your mobile phone, computer or other device from which you access the Website including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for systems administration and to report aggregate information to third parties affiliates. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual. We may, however, use such information in conjunction with the data we have about you in order to track your usage of our services.

Our Website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our Website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our Website and also allows us to improve the Website. By using our Website you agree to our use of cookies as more specifically set out below.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

The cookies we use include:

•    “Analytical” cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

•    “Strictly necessary” cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services. 

•    “Functionality” cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our Website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

•    “Targeting” cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed to our affiliate’s websites. We will use this information to make our Website, offers e-mailed to you and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.














Please note that third parties affiliates may also use cookies, over which we have no control.


You may block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of the Website. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our Website.


All questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy and Cookies Policy should be addressed to OR write to us at 85-87 Hill Street, Newry, Co Down, BT34 1DG. Or alternatively please contact our Compliance Director at Best Practice IFA Group Ltd, Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4QP, telephone number 01403 334455, or via email at


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