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Privacy and Cookies Notices

Your privacy is important to us. Our privacy policies explain how we collect and use personal data and the rights that you have under data protection law.

Privacy notices

Please download our General Privacy Notice which sets out how we use personal data for the purpose of providing legal services and in our business generally.

We also have a separate Privacy Notice to Job Applicants.

Third-party sites and sponsors

Our site contains links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. We have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties therefore you should consult the other sites’ privacy notices before entering any data. Winckworth Sherwood posts information about events that are sponsored by or co-sponsored other firms or organizations. Should you choose to register electronically for any of these events, Winckworth Sherwood will have no control over the third-party sponsors’ use of this information.

Use of ‘cookies’

1. What are cookies?
Cookies are widely used tiny pieces of software (files) that are installed on a computer or mobile device when an individual visits a website.

Windows Explorer, which is one of the main internet browsers, will usually store these files in a folder called ‘cookies’ in ‘documents and permissions’ on computers running Microsoft Windows.
Cookies allow websites to recognise that a user on an individual computer has previously visited the site. The cookies save some information about that user for when they access the site again in the future.

By using and browsing the Winckworth Sherwood website, you consent to cookies being used in accordance with our policy. If you do not consent, you must turn off cookies or refrain from using the site.
Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies. To do this, look at the ‘help’ menu on your browser. Switching off cookies may restrict your use of the website and/or delay or affect the way in which it operates.

2. What types of cookies are there?
Broadly, there are 4 types of cookie:

Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are essential to make a website work and enable features that users have specifically asked for. These types of cookies are commonly used with e-billing. Without use of cookies, these features of the website could not operate.
Performance cookies. These cookies collect anonymous information about users for the purpose of assessing the performance of a website. Common uses include well-known web analytics tools such as ‘Google Analytics’.
Functionality cookies. These are cookies that automatically remember choices that users have previously made in order to improve their experience next time they visit a website. For example, where users select their preferred settings and layout.
Targeting or Advertising cookies. These cookies are similar to performance cookies, in that they collect information about users’ behaviour. However, this information is used at individual user level to advertise products and services to users on the basis of the behavioural information collected.

3. What cookies does the Winckworth Sherwood website use?

ServiceCookie NameDescriptionExpiration Time
Google Analytics gtag.js and analytics.js_gaUsed to distinguish users.2 years
_gidUsed to distinguish users.24 hours
_gatUsed to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.1 minute
AMP_TOKENContains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.30 seconds to 1 year
_gac_<property-id>Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.90 days
Google Analytics ga.js__utmaUsed to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.2 years from set/update
__utmtUsed to throttle request rate.10 minutes
__utmbUsed to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascriptlibrary executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.30 mins from set/update
__utmcNot used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmbcookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.End of browser session
__utmzStores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.6 months from set/update
__utmvUsed to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.2 years from set/update
PHP SystemPHPSESSIDThis cookie contains information that identifies the user and is destroyed when the session expires.Session
HotjarhjClosedSurveyInvitesThis cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal pop-up. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.1 Year
_hjDonePollsThis cookie is set once a visitor completes a Poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same Poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.1 Year
_hjMinimizedPollsThis cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.1 Year
_hjDoneTestersWidgetsThis cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.1 Year
_hjMinimizedTestersWidgetsThis cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.1 Year
_hjDoneSurveysThis cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn’t completed the survey yet.1 Year
_hjIncludedInSampleThis session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate Heatmaps, Funnels, Recordings, etc.1 Year
_hjShownFeedbackMessageThis cookie is set when a visitor minimizes or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will load as minimized immediately if they navigate to another page where it is set to show.1 Year
Twitter_ga, _gid, lang, kdt,
syndication_guest_id, dnt, guest_id,
personalization_id, twid, netpu, guest_id,
tfw_exp, remember_checked_on,
twitter_ads_id, co, auth_token
These are Twitter cookies that are used on websites with Twitter feeds and / or Twitter sharing functionalities. For more information, please see https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/twitter-cookiesFrom session duration to 2 years
DoubleClickDSID, IDE, _drt_, idThese cookies are used for re-targeting, optimisation, reporting and attribution of online advertsFrom 2 days to 2 months
catAccCookiesThis cookie enables you to accept our cookie statement.30 days
WordPresswp-settings-, wp-settings-time
Used to customize the view of admin interface/main site interface for logged in users.
2 weeks
wordpress_test_cookieChecks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.Session
wordpress_logged_in_Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in WordPress.com user.Session
wordpress_sec_Essential WordPress session management cookies for logged in users.Session
itsec-hb-login-*Set by WP Security Plugin to change the backend login URL for additional security.Session
Myfonts.net__cuidThe __cfduid cookie is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.2221 days
VutureintEmailHistoryIDThis cookie is used to track when a visitor to our website views or responds to educational articles, marketing materials, or announcements.1 year
velaw.vuturevx.com _VxSessionIDThis cookie is used to identify the IP address of a visitor to our website who views or responds to educational articles, marketing materials, or announcements.Session

Disabling/enabling cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our site if cookies are disabled.

Website security measures

We employ security measures to prevent unauthorised access to information that we collect online. However, we cannot guarantee the security of personal information that you transmit to us over the web.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about the privacy policy for Winckworth Sherwood or its implementation, you may contact us at dpofficer@wslaw.co.uk or write to us at The Data Protection Officer, Winckworth Sherwood LLP, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close, London SE1 9BB.

If you wish to change your electronic marketing preferences, please contact us at info@wslaw.co.uk or follow the information in the footer of our marketing emails.

Privacy notice updates

We may update our privacy notices from time to time. Please review this page periodically for changes.