The DWF website (the "Website") is provided by DWF LLP ("DWF LLP”), a limited liability partnership (registered number OC328794) practising English law and Scottish law with offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle and Preston. References in these Terms to "we"/ "us" shall be deemed to be references to "DWF LLP". DWF LLP uses the term “Partner” to refer to a Member of the LLP or an employee or consultant of equivalent standing and qualification.
1. Regulatory Information required by the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002
1.1 Principal / Registered Address: DWF LLP, 1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3AA
Telephone: 0161 603 5000
20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3AG
Telephone: 020 7280 8888
Redcliff Quay, 120 Redcliff Street, Bristol, 7841
Telephone: 0117 301 7390
DWF LLP VAT Number: 166721650
1.2 If you wish to contact us regarding the Website, please use the above contact details.
1.3 This service is provided by solicitors of England and Wales and solicitors of Scotland. DWF LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. DWF LLP is also recognised as an incorporated practice by the Law Society of Scotland (registered number 43186).
1.4 You can obtain a copy of the rules and principles of professional conduct that we are subject to by clicking on this link.
1.5 A list of the Members of DWF LLP is available for inspection at the above contact address.
2. The Agreement between us
2.2 Any error or omission of any information that we publish on the Website shall be subject to correction, provided that the correction does not materially affect the Website.
2.3 DWF LLP may modify these Terms at any time and we will inform you of any intended changes by posting a notice on the Website. If you do not wish to accept any amended Terms you should stop using the Website. Your continued use of the Website will signify your acceptance of any amended Terms.
3. Copyright and other Intellectual Property Rights
3.1 All information, data and materials used in the Website are protected by rights, including copyright, design rights, database rights and trade marks. All these rights are either owned by us or licensed to us by the rights owner(s) for use with the Website or otherwise used by us as permitted by applicable law.
3.2 You may:
a) print or download to a local hard disk extracts from the Website for your own personal, non-commercial use; and
b) copy such extracts to individual third parties for their personal information only, provided that you: acknowledge the Website as the source of the material, (including the Website address (www.dwf.law) in the copy of the extract; you inform the third party that these Terms apply to him or her and the third party agrees to comply with these Terms; and you recopy the extracted material in complete and unmodified form.
3.3 Any other copying, distribution, storing, framing or transmission of any kind or any sort of commercial use of the material used in the Website is strictly prohibited without our express consent.
3.4 DWF LLP reserves the right at any time at its discretion to withdraw or modify the licence set out at 3.2 above.
4.1 The Website contains general information only and is not intended to constitute specific legal or other professional advice. Always consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter that you have.
4.2 Whilst we try to make sure that the information contained on the Website is accurate, DWF LLP assumes no responsibility for such information and disclaims all liability in respect of such information.
5.1 You may not create a hypertext link to the Website without obtaining our prior written consent. Should you wish to create a link to the Website please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5.2 DWF LLP reserves the right to employ such measures as are necessary to remove any linking or framing to the Website.
6. Acceptable Use Policy
6.1 You agree to use the Website as permitted by these Terms and for lawful purposes only. In particular, you agree not to:
(a) use the Website to receive, access or transmit material that is obscene, sexually explicit, defamatory, threatening, degrading, racist, in breach of confidence or in breach of third party intellectual property rights (including copyright) or otherwise objectionable or unlawful;
(b) impersonate any person, or entity or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity;
(c) access or attempt to access parts of the Website that you are not authorised to access;
(d) interfere with the use of the Website by other users;
(e) use the Website to gain unauthorised access to other computer systems or interfere with services to other host providers, networks or websites;
(f) use the Website to knowingly or recklessly transmit material (including viruses) or otherwise use the Website so as to cause harm to the Website, DWF LLP or other users or which is likely to bring the Website or DWF LLP into disrepute; or
(g) intentionally violate any other applicable law or regulation while using the Website.
7.1 DWF LLP will do it's best to maintain the operation of the Website in accordance with these Terms. However, we cannot guarantee that the Website will be technically suitable for viewing on your computer or that the Website will be delivered to you uninterrupted in a timely manner, secure or error-free.
7.2 You are responsible for providing all computer equipment, mobile phone equipment and telecommunications service required to use the Website. We cannot and do not accept any responsibility for these and cannot guarantee the continued availability of any other person or services involved in providing the Website to you.
7.3 The Internet is not a secure environment and we cannot guarantee that the Website and the server are free of computer viruses or other harmful applications. We recommend that you regularly update your browser software and use up-to-date anti-virus software to ensure that your access to the Website is as secure as possible.
7.4 Your access to the Website may be occasionally restricted due to events beyond our reasonable control or to allow for repairs, maintenance or the introduction of new facilities or services. Where this happens, we will attempt to restore the Website as soon as we reasonably can.
7.5 The Website contains links to other websites and to material contained on other websites. DWF LLP is not responsible for the content of such other websites and to the extent permitted by law disclaims all liability in respect of such content and of any other websites or content which you may be able to access from these websites.
7.6 Except for death or personal injury caused by our negligent acts or omissions, or fraudulent misrepresentation, we shall only be liable for loss or damage which is a reasonably foreseeable consequence of a breach of these Terms.
8. Your responsibility to us
8.1 You shall be responsible for any losses, expenses or other costs incurred by DWF LLP which are caused by your deliberate breach of these Terms.
9. Terminations and Suspension
9.1 DWF LLP may cancel or suspend your access to the Website if:
(a) you breach these Terms or misuse the Website; or
(b) you have behaved in a way which objectively could be regarded as inappropriate or is unlawful or illegal or which would bring DWF LLP into disrepute.
9.2 DWF LLP may suspend access to the Website or require you to change any passwords that you may use to access parts of the Website if we reasonably believe that the Website has been or is likely to be misused, and we will notify you accordingly.
9.3 It may be necessary, for reasons beyond our control, to terminate the Website and if this occurs we will endeavour to provide as much notice as is reasonably possible in the circumstances.
9.4 Any termination of the Website or your access to the Website will not affect liability previously incurred by either of us to the other.
11. Disputes and law
11.1 DWF LLP will try to solve any disagreements quickly and efficiently. If you are not happy with the way we deal with any disagreement you may wish to seek independent legal advice.
11.2 These Terms and the agreement between you and us are governed by English law and we both agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
12. Access Outside The UK
12.1 DWF LLP cannot guarantee that the Website complies with all foreign and local laws and requirements outside the United Kingdom.
13.1 If any part of these Terms is found by a court to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.
13.2 If you breach these Terms and we ignore this, DWF LLP will still be entitled to enforce all these terms at a later date or in any other situation where you breach these Terms.
13.3 These Terms and the agreement between you and us for the provision of the Website are only available in the English language.
13.4 It is a matter for you to determine if you require a third party to provide a translation of these Terms.
13.5 DWF LLP is not responsible for any costs that you may incur in connection with a request to a third party for a translation of these Terms.
13.6 DWF LLP cannot guarantee the accuracy of any translation of these Terms by a third party.
Last Updated: June 2014