Website Terms and Conditions

You should read these terms and conditions carefully before using this website (‘the Site’). By accessing or using the Site, you agree to be bound by these Website Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy. No proposed changes to these terms and conditions are valid or have any effect. If you do not agree with or accept any of these Website Terms and Conditions, you should cease using the Site immediately.

Please note that no sale of products or services takes place on this website. Any agreement to provide legal services will be governed by separate terms and conditions which will be provided to you separately.

1 Availability and conditions of use

The Site is made available to you by us. While we make every effort to ensure that the Site is available, we do not represent, warrant or guarantee in any way the Site’s continued availability at all times or uninterrupted use by you of the Site. We reserve the right to suspend or cease the operation of the Site from time to time at our sole discretion.

As a condition of your use of the Site, you agree:

  • not to use the Site for any purpose that is unlawful under applicable law, or prohibited by these terms and conditions; and
  • not to defame, disparage or refer to any body in a manner which is obscene, derogatory or offensive; and
  • to be responsible for ensuring that your use of the Site is consistent with all applicable laws and regulations.

We reserve the right to prevent or suspend your access to the Site if you do not comply with any part of these terms and conditions or any applicable law.

2 Ownership, use and intellectual property rights

Any intellectual property rights (including without limitation all patents, copyright, database rights and trademarks (whether registered or unregistered) subsisting in any website design, text, pictures, graphics and the selection and arrangement of them and all software compilations, coding, underlying source code, software and all other material on this website is the property of Allardice Associates, our website designers and/or our licensors unless otherwise acknowledged. ALL RIGHTS ARE RESERVED.

Permission is granted to you to electronically copy and to print hard copy portions of this website for the sole purpose of using this website as a research and information resource provided you agree not to change and/or delete any content, web design and/or layout contained in that material and acknowledge us (and any identified contributors) as authors of such material. Any other use of materials on this website including modification, distribution, or republication are strictly prohibited.

If you copy, print or download material from our website in breach of these Website Terms & Conditions, you must immediately cease to use our website and erase, destroy and/or return any unauthorised materials to us.

If you believe that any content of our website in any way infringes intellectual property rights belonging to you or any third party, please contact us immediately.

Infringement of our copyright in this website or the materials associated with this website may lead to criminal and/or civil sanctions in the UK, US and other countries.

3 Viruses

Please note that viruses and similar destructive programs are an inherent risk of communication via the internet.

We will use our reasonable endeavours to prevent contamination of any material sent to you with any virus or similar destructive code.

We do not, to the maximum extent permitted by law, accept any liability for any virus or similar destructive code which computer equipment and/or software used by you may suffer as a result of you accessing our website and/or any other communication between you and us made via the internet.

It is your responsibility to scan what you choose to download from our website to ensure that it is free of such items as viruses, worms, trojan horses, logic bombs and other similar destructive code.

You must not introduce any viruses, worms, trojan horses, logic bombs or other similar destructive code to our website, attempt to gain unauthorised access to our website, the server on which it is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our website, nor attack our website using a denial of service attack. To the extent that you do any of these things, we may report such activities and disclose personal data relating to you to any relevant law enforcement agency.

4 Confidential information

The internet is not a secure medium and privacy cannot be assured. We cannot accept any responsibility for any harm or damage you may experience or incur by sending personal or confidential information to us over the internet or if we send you such information at your request.

If you choose to give us personal information via the internet we may need to correspond with you, for example, to let you know how we will use such information. Please inform us if you do not wish to have this information used as a basis for further contact with you.

5 Encryption

Please note that any email sent to or from us via this website and any attachments will not be encrypted. They may therefore be liable to be compromised. This is an inherent risk in relation to email.

6 Links and third party sites

The Site may contain hyperlinks or references to external third party websites. Any such hyperlinks or reference is provided for your convenience only. Your use of a third party site may be governed by the terms and conditions of that third party site.

Links to our site

You may link to our website homepage from a website owned and controlled by you in a way that is lawful and does not damage our reputation or take unfair advantage of it. We may withdraw linking permission without notice.

You must not use any link to our homepage to suggest any association, approval or endorsement by us.

You must not frame our website on any website.

Links from our site

We have no control over third party websites and accept no responsibility for any content, material or information contained on a website you are able to access through a link on our website. We make no representations about any other websites which you may access through links on our website. You view and rely upon the contents of any such third party website at your own risk.

The inclusion of a link to a third party website contained on our website does not mean that we endorse that third party website.

We do not guarantee that any links to third party websites contained on our website will function correctly.

7 Disclaimers

While we use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information on the Site, we do not represent, warrant or promise (whether express or implied) that any information is or remains accurate, complete and up to date, or fit or suitable for any purpose. Any reliance you place on the information on the Site is at your own risk. Nothing in these Website Terms and Conditions shall operate to prejudice any mandatory statutory requirement or your statutory rights.

Content on the Site is provided for your general information purposes only and to inform you about us and our products and news, features, services and other websites which may be of interest. It does not constitute technical, financial, legal advice or any other type of advice and should not be relied on for any purposes.

8 Warranties and limitation of liability

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, we exclude all liability (whether arising in contract, tort, breach of statutory duty or otherwise) which we may otherwise have to you as a result of:

  • any error or inaccuracies in any information or material within or relating to the Site;
  • the unavailability of the Site for whatsoever reason;
  • any representation or statement made on the Site;
  • any external compromise of security and/or confidentiality in relation to transmissions sent by email
  • you entering into any contract as a result of viewing a third party website linked to our website.

Under no circumstances shall we be liable to you for any loss or damage suffered of any kind, including (without limitation) compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income or profit, loss of or damage to property and claims of third parties arising from your use of, or reliance on, the Site.

We do not exclude or limit our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, for any fraudulent misrepresentation made by us on the Site or for any other statutory rights which are not capable of being excluded.

9 Indemnity

If you are in breach of any of these terms and conditions, you agree to indemnify and hold us harmless in respect of any costs, expenses, claims, proceedings, actions, losses, damages or liabilities incurred by us in relation to or arising from such a breach.

10 Complaints

The Legal Ombudsman deals with complaints against lawyers, although this service is only available to members of the public and very small businesses, charities, clubs and trusts. Details of the Legal Ombudsman’s services and the eligibility of complainants can be found at www.legalombudsman.org.uk. The Legal Ombudsman can be contacted by post at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ or by telephone on 0300 555 0333.

If we are unable to resolve your complaint and you are a consumer (i.e. you have instructed us for purposes outside your trade, business, craft or profession) and your complaint relates to a contract we entered into online or by other electronic means, you may be able to submit your complaint to a certified alternative dispute resolution provider in the UK.

11 General

We reserve the right to vary these Website Terms and Conditions from time to time without notifying you. By continuing to use and access the Site you agree to be bound by any variation made by us. It is your responsibility to check these terms and conditions from time to time to verify such variations.

These terms and conditions contain the entire understanding and agreement between us and you in relation to your use of the Site and supersedes and replaces any representation, statement or other communication (whether written or otherwise) made by you or us which is not contained herein.

Should any part of these terms and conditions for any reason be declared invalid or unenforceable by a court of a competent jurisdiction, it shall be deemed to be deleted without affecting the remaining provisions.

These terms and conditions are governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.