Legal Notice/Attorney Advertising

Please read the following terms and conditions (‘Terms of Use') carefully before using this website (‘Website'). You accessing any information, features or services on this Website indicates that you accept these Terms of Use. If you do not accept them, then do not use this Website.

These Terms of Use are issued by Withers LLP, Withers Bergman LLP and affiliated partnerships, offices and undertakings authorised to practice under the name ‘Withers' or ‘Withersworldwide' (and references to ‘Withers', ‘we' or ‘us' are to one or more of those partnerships, offices and undertakings, as appropriate). For more information on how we are regulated in various jurisdictions please see the Regulatory Information section below.

These Terms of Use apply to your use of content and services accessed through this website and resulting electronic communications between you and us.

Additional terms and conditions may apply if you wish to use certain services available through this Website and, if so, these will be indicated on the relevant webpages.

1. Introduction

1.1 You may access most areas of this Website without registering or supplying your personal details to us. Certain areas of this Website are only open to you if you register. In particular, you will be required to register your details with us when applying for a training contract or other employment vacancy. For more information on how Withers uses personal information submitted through this Website please refer to our Privacy Policy.

1.2 Withers may update these Terms of Use at any time so you should check them from time to time to make sure you have seen the latest version. Where additional terms and conditions appear on specific sections of this Website and there is any inconsistency between them and any part of these Terms of Use, the additional terms will take priority over the relevant part of these Terms of Use.

1.3 If you are a client of Withers, nothing in these Terms of Use is intended to take over from or modify any provision in your engagement letter, our client terms of business or any other agreement concerning any applicable privilege or the lawyer-client relationship, all of which will continue to apply.

1.4 NO LEGAL ADVICE: The information contained in this Website is provided for general information only and may not reflect current status in relation to applicable law, cases, settlements or judgements. Nothing contained on this Website is intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be construed as Withers agreeing to provide legal services to you. You acknowledge and agree that your use of this Website shall not create a lawyer-client relationship with Withers.

1.5 Some of the material on this website may constitute attorney advertising within the meaning of sections 1200.1 and 1200.6-8 of Title 22 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulatory Attorney Advertising Regulations or other applicable regulations. The following statement is made on this website in accordance with those rules: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING; PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE A SIMILAR OUTCOME. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation.

1.6 Withers does not seek to represent any person or entity based upon that person's or entity's viewing of this Website (or any portion of this Website) in any jurisdiction where this Website (or any portion of this Website) does not comply with all of the laws, professional conduct rules or ethical requirements of that jurisdiction.

2. Licence

2.1 Unless otherwise stated, the copyright and other intellectual property rights in all text, images, audio content and other material on this Website including without limitation photographs, graphics, designs diagrams, charts, tables, software, applications, tools and its layout (in whatever medium) (‘Material') is owned by Withers or its licensors. For the purposes of these Terms of Use, any copying, publication, distribution or use of such Material other than in accordance with paragraph 2.2 below for any purpose is prohibited.

2.2 You are permitted to download and take copies of Material from this Website for your own personal non-commercial reference or use on the following basis:

(a) Material is not modified or adapted in any way;

(b) any images and graphics are reproduced together with the accompanying text; and

(c) relevant copyright, trade mark and other legal notices are reproduced in all copies together with necessary attributions or acknowledgements of the source material.

2.3 Other than provided under paragraph 2.2, or automatically cached excerpts or links provided as part of a web search service or to the extent that the law expressly permits (which cannot be excluded by contract), no part of this Website may be reproduced in any other website or included in any electronic retrieval system or service without Withers' prior written permission.

If you breach any of these Terms of Use, your permission to download, copy or use Materials on this Website automatically terminates and you must immediately delete or destroy any copies of Material in your possession.

2.4 Any rights not expressly granted under these Terms of Use are reserved.

3. Service access

3.1 While Withers endeavours to make this Website normally available to the public 24 hours a day, it shall not be liable if for any reason this Website is unavailable at any time or for any period.

3.2 Access to this Website may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, telecommunications issues, maintenance or repair or for any reason beyond Withers' control.

4. Visitor material and conduct

4.1 Except for personal information as covered under the Privacy Policy, where you post any information, data, images or other material to this Website in whatever form (‘User Content'), this shall be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. Withers shall have no obligation with respect to such User Content and where you post such User Content you acknowledge that Withers is be free to copy, disclose, distribute, publish, incorporate and otherwise use User Content for any lawful purpose.

4.2 You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this Website any User Content:

(a) that is threatening, defamatory, obscene, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, abusive, liable to incite racial hatred, discriminatory, menacing, scandalous, inflammatory, blasphemous, in breach of confidence, in breach of privacy or which may cause harassment, annoyance or inconvenience; or

(b) for which you have not obtained all necessary clearances, licences and/or approvals; or

(c) which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered criminal or giving rise to civil liability, or is otherwise contrary to the law of or infringes the rights of any third party, in any country; or

(d) which is or could be technically harmful (including, without limitation, computer viruses, logic bombs, Trojan horses, worms, harmful components, corrupted data or other malicious software or harmful data); or

(e) for promotional purposes (including without limitation, unsolicited marketing or advertising).

4.3 You may not use the Website or any Material appearing on it in any misleading or unlawful manner or for any purpose except as expressly provided for in these Terms of Use. You may not use links to this Website or any Material on it to increase traffic to your own website for commercial gain without our express permission.

4.4 Withers reserves the right to fully co-operate with any law enforcement agencies, regulatory authorities or court orders requesting or directing Withers to disclose the identity or locate anyone posting any material in breach of paragraph 4.2 or paragraph 4.3.

5. Links to other websites

5.1 Any links to third party websites on this Website are provided solely for your convenience. If you use these links, you leave this Website. Withers has not reviewed all of these third party websites and does not control and is not responsible for these websites. Withers therefore does not endorse or make any representations about them, their contents or availability, any results that may be obtained from using them or any of these third party websites' privacy practices. If you decide to access any of the third party websites linked to this Website, you do so entirely at your own risk.

6. Registration

6.1 If you register with us this is for a single user only. You must not share your user name, password or log-in details with anyone else.

6.2 When you register, you warrant that the personal information which you are required to provide is true, accurate and complete in all material respects.

6.3 You are responsible for ensuring the security of any password issued to you. If you think or know that someone else has access to or knows your password, then you agree to inform Withers immediately, so that a new password can be issued to you.

7. Disclaimer

7.1 The information contained in this Website does not constitute legal advice. Users of this Website should take appropriate legal advice based on their individual circumstances. Withers accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss which may result from reliance on any of the information, opinions or Material contained in or accessed through this Website.

7.2 While Withers uses commercially reasonable efforts to post information on this Website that is correct, Withers does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the material on this Website. Withers may make changes to the material on this Website at any time without notice. The Material on this Website may contain certain omissions, errors or may be out of date, and Withers makes no commitment to update such Material.

7.3 THE MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY, TERM OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND (WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED BY LAW). TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WITHERS EXCLUDES ALL REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS AND TERMS (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, AND IMPLIED TERMS OR CONDITIONS OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR PURPOSE OR REASONABLE CARE AND SKILL) WHICH BUT FOR THIS LEGAL NOTICE MIGHT HAVE EFFECT IN RELATION TO THIS WEBSITE.

7.4 IRS Circular 230 Disclosure
As required by U.S. Treasury Regulations governing tax practice, you are advised that any written tax advice contained herein was not written or intended to be used (and cannot be used) by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

8. Liability

8.1 SUBJECT TO SECTION 8.2 BELOW, WITHERS AND ANY OF PARTNERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS OR AUTHORISED CONTRACTORS DISCLAIM AND EXCLUDE ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE SUFFERED BY YOU (OR ANY THIRD PARTY) IN CONNECTION WITH THIS WEBSITE INCLUDING (WITHOUT LIMITATION):

(a) YOUR (OR SUCH THIRD PARTY'S) USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE

(b) ANY RESULTS OBTAINED FROM USE OF THIS WEBSITE (OR ANY THIRD PARTY WEBSITES LINKED TO THIS WEBSITE).

c) LOSS OR DAMAGE TO HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, DATA OR OTHER PROPERTY ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL FROM THIS WEBSITE OR ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO THIS WEBSITE.

IN ADDITION, IF YOUR USE OF MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE RESULTS IN THE NEED FOR SERVICING, REPAIR, CORRECTION OR RECOVERY OF EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE OR DATA, YOU ASSUME ALL COSTS OF THE ABOVE.

8.2 NOTHING IN THESE TERMS OF USE, EXCLUDES OR LIMITS LIABILITY FOR:

(a) DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE (AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED BY APPLICABLE LAW);

(b) FRAUD; OR

(c) ANY LIABILITY WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

9. Governing law and jurisdiction

9.1 Except as covered by paragraph 9.2, these Terms of Use and your use of the Website shall be governed and construed in accordance with English law. Disputes arising in connection with these Terms of Use or your use of the Website shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

9.2 If you are accessing the site from within the United States of America then these Terms of Use and your use of the Website shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of New York. Disputes arising in connection with these Terms of Use or your use of the Website shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the New York courts.

10. Complaints

10.1 We aim to provide the highest possible standard of professional skills and service. If you are not happy with any part of our work, please let us know as soon as possible. We will try to deal with any problem quickly and we have our own complaints procedure to help us sort out the problem. Please contact us for more information.

10.2 If, for any reason, this does not work, you may want to refer the matter to the relevant regulatory organisation. For work carried out by English solicitors and registered foreign lawyers, you can refer the matter to the Legal Ombudsman Service at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ, visit http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/ to find out more.

11. Equality and Diversity

Withers is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its dealing with clients, third parties and employees. Please contact us if you would like a copy of our equality and diversity policy.

12. Regulatory Information

12.1 Withers LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC301149. A full list of members' names and their professional qualifications may be inspected at our registered office, 16 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EG.

Withers LLP is regulated in accordance with the Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended and supplemented) and is also authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with registered number 352314, whose rules can be found in the SRA Handbook, which can be viewed here. In certain circumstances, Withers LLP is able to offer investment services to clients.

12.2 Withers Bergman LLP, is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in Delaware with registered offices at The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801. Its attorneys are regulated variously by the Bars of New York and/or Connecticut amongst other jurisdictions.

12.3 In Hong Kong, Withers is a partnership formed under Hong Kong law with its principal office at 20/F, Gloucester Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong. Lawyers based in Hong Kong who are admitted as solicitors in Hong Kong are regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong. Certain lawyers based in Hong Kong are not admitted as solicitors in Hong Kong but are registered with and regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong as Registered Foreign Lawyers. Details of the professional rules which apply to Hong Kong Lawyers are included in the Hong Kong Solicitors' Guide to Professional Conduct to which can be viewed here.  They may also be regulated by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission. A list of the partners and their professional qualifications is available on request.

12.4 Studio Legale Associato con Withers LLP is a partnership formed under Italian law, with its principal office in Milan at Via Cesare Mangili 6, 20121 Milano, Italy. Lawyers based in Italy are either members of an Ordine degli Avvocati and regulated by the Consiglio Nazionale Forense as lawyers (avvocati), or foreign lawyers who are admitted in their home jurisdiction.

12.5 Details of the professional rules which apply to avvocati are included in the Codice deontologico forense which can be viewed here.

12.6 Studio Legale con Withers LLP VAT registration number in Italy is 06619700963.

12.7 Withers BVI is partnership formed under BVI law, with its principal office at Little Denmark, 3rd Floor, PO Box 145, Road Town, Tortola, VG1110, British Virgin Islands. Its lawyers are regulated in accordance with the Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended and supplemented) and by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

12.8 Legal services in Switzerland are provided by Withers LLP, an English limited liability partnership with registration number OC301149. UK VAT registration number: 945688761.

12.9 Withers Singapore LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in Singapore with registered number T12LL0685H. A full list of members' names and their professional qualifications may be inspected at our registered office, 80 Raffles Place, #37-01 UOB Plaza 1, Singapore, 048624.

12.10 Withers LLP's compulsory professional indemnity insurance covers acts or omissions arising out of the Firm's professional business where ever they occur and is provided by International Insurance Company of Hannover Limited of L'Avenir, Opladen Way, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 0PE. For further information you may contact the firm's International Director of Risk & Compliance.

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