Privacy & Cookies

Privacy and Data Protection

As a law firm, we are committed to respecting your privacy. We will always handle your personal data lawfully. We only process, store, use and share your personal data in accordance our Privacy and Fair Processing Notice accessible here.

Any registration details and site visitor information taken on this website will only be used to deliver the services you have opted or chosen to receive.

If at any time you wish to exercise any of your rights under data protection laws, please get in touch with our Data Protection Officer (DPO), or write to the DPO at 1 Rutland Court, Edinburgh EH3 8EY.

Cookie information


Cookies are very small files that are stored on your computer when you visit most websites. They are sent back and forth between the website’s server and your Internet browser to allow the website to remember actions you’ve made.

We use cookies and other local storage means to help improve the performance of this website by measuring web traffic and tracking user journeys. We also use a security cookie to identify our website’s developers. Most of these only contain randomly generated numbers, and cookies cannot carry viruses or install malware on your computer.

Cookies set by this website


Google Analytics

Cookies: _utma; _utmb; _utmc; _utmz
Expiry: 2 years; 30 minutes; when you quit your browser; 6 months (respectively)
Purpose: These cookies collect information about how our visitors use this site. This data is collected anonymously, and is used to help improve this website’s functionality. For more information, see Google Analytic’s page on safeguarding your data.

Expression Engine

Expression engine is the software that this website is built on. It sets the following cookies:

exp_tracker
End of session. Contains the last 5 pages viewed. Typically used for form or error message returns.

exp_last_visit
1 year. Date of the user’s last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by the forum to show unread topics for both members and guests.

exp_last_activity
1 year. Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie.

cookies_allowed
1 year. Indicates whether the user has given consent for cookies to be set.

Managing cookies


Most Internet browsers allow users to control the acceptance of cookies via the browser’s settings. Visit allaboutcookies.org to find out how to configure these settings on a number of major browsers.

You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.

Similar technologies


Web beacons, clear GIFs, page tags and web bugs are all terms used to describe a particular form of technology implemented by many sites in order to help them to understand and analyse how their site is being used and, in turn, to improve your experience of the site.

By registering to receive updates by email, you will receive emails which will contain this type of technology.  A web beacon (or similar) will take the form of a small, transparent image, which is embedded in the email.  It will be used to send information such as your IP address, when the email was viewed, from what device and which geo-location.

Telephone and Video Calls


Meetings using video software platforms and telephone calls may be recorded in some instances. This may be for training and compliance purposes such as identification or the taking of witness statements or to allow us to type an accurate record of a discussion so that we can provide legal advice or related service which forms part of a contract. Where we intend to use any such video recording software, we will request permission to do so. Any such recordings will not be passed to third parties (unless there is a legal requirement to do so) and will not be used for any other purpose without the prior agreement of those being recorded. We adhere to all relevant statutory requirements relating to the recording of video and telephone calls set out in our Privacy notice. All files of video recordings will be retained securely within our document management system.

Changes to this privacy notice


We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 01/06/2021.