The BlogSite at http://techblog.brodies.com  is controlled by Brodies LLP. 

Brodies LLP (“Brodies“) is a limited liability partnership (incorporation no: SO300334) incorporated in Scotland under the Limited Liability Partnership Act 2000 and having its registered office at 15 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 8HA, Scotland, UK.

The terms and conditions of access to the main Brodies’ web site also apply to this BlogSite, as if it were part of the main web site, subject to the following variations and clarifications:-

1. The BlogSite is hosted by Automattic Inc., a US corporation (“WordPress“). It’s part of Automattic’s  wordpress.com service.

2. You may link to the BlogSite. However, if we ask you must remove any such link. And we reserve the right to block incoming links.

3.  The BlogSite allows you to submit comments against our posts (“Your Content“). In relation to Your Content the following rules apply:-

We have no obligation to publish or post Your Content on the BlogSite.  However, we have the right to publish Your Content on the BlogSite, and to link to Your Content on the BlogSite. We may make reasonable edits to Your Content. We may remove Your Content from the BlogSite at any time.

You will ensure that Your Content (and/or its disclosure to us, and/or its transmission or other distribution to any other person(s)) (i) does not breach any applicable laws or otherwise breach any obligation on your part; (ii) does not infringe any third party’s rights, including but not limited to privacy rights, rights to keep information confidential and intellectual property rights; (iii) is not defamatory, obscene, offensive, pornographic, discriminatory or otherwise objectionable; (iv) is not abusive, threatening or harassing; (v) is not fraudulent, misleading or false; (vi) is free from software viruses and any other computer code, file or program designed to interrupt, damage, destroy or limit the functionality of any software, hardware or other information technology; and (vii) does not constitute or include advertising or promotional or equivalent or similar materials of any kind, or transmit or otherwise distribute any chain emails or equivalent correspondence.

You will not, in or in connection with your use of the BlogSite, impersonate any other person, whether by providing false information as to your identity when you post Your Content or otherwise.

4.  In order to submit a comment against our posts you have to enter a user name and a valid email address. These may constitute personal data in terms of the UK Data Protection Act 1998. Similarly the text of Your Content may contain personal data.  In this page we call the data that you submit (“Your Personal Data“).

5.  We may publish Your Personal Data (other than your email address) on the BlogSite. However, we will not harvest the email address that you enter. So, if you want to attend any of our seminars or to receive any of our publications, please visit the events page or the publications request page on the main Brodies web site. Alternatively, if you want to be added to our general distribution list for seminar invites and/or email updates, please send an email to kirsty.martin@brodies.com, specifying the areas of law that interest you.

6.   As we already mentioned, the BlogSite is hosted by WordPress.  This has a number of consequences for Your Personal Data.

First, WordPress has effective control over what it does with Your Personal Data. Here is a link to WordPress’ privacy statement which sets out what WordPress will do with Your Personal Data. You can probably enforce this directly against WordPress if required.  Note that Brodies is not in a position, legally or in practice, to control what WordPress does with Your Personal Data.  So, in technical terms, WordPress is not a “data processor” for which Brodies is responsible in terms of the UK Data Protection Act 1998.

WordPress and certain third parties may deploy a number of cookies when you use this BlogSite. This may include website analytics cookies to understand how users use this website, cookies to enable comments on blogposts, cookies deployed by third parties such as Facebook and Twitter to enable the sharing buttons to work, and cookies deployed by WordPress’s advertising partners. These cookies are set by WordPress. We have no control over, or access to, those cookies (the blog stats provided to us contain only aggregated, anonymised information and do not allow us to identify individual users). You can find out more about WordPress’s use of cookies here.

The servers that host the BlogSite (on which Your Personal Data will be stored) may be in any location in the world. To put it another way, those servers might be outside the UK, and the country that they are in may not offer the same legal protection for personal data that the UK does. 

 If you are not comfortable with the involvement of WordPress, please don’t submit a comment. You can always email us directly. If you want to do that please click on the name at the end of each post. That will take you to our contact details on the main Brodies web site.

7.   NOW THE ALL IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS. The information on the BlogSite is not intended to address your particular requirements. Such information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by Brodies and is not intended to be relied upon by you in making any specific decisions or taking (or refraining from taking) any action. If you wish us to give such advice, please contact the relevant contact partner.  We provide all information on the BlogSite free of charge and we accept no liability for the information provided. We are a distributor (and not a publisher) of Your Content . Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers or users, are those of the authors or distributors and not of us. We do not necessarily endorse nor are we responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement expressed, given or made by any such third party and made available on or through the BlogSite.

8.  Finally, sorry for all the legals. However, we are lawyers, and it’s important to get this stuff right.  In keeping with the blog ethos we have really tried to make this page as plain English as possible.  Let us know what you think of it.

1 Response to “Legal Statements & Cookies”



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