In general, cookies:
- Allow our sites to work as expected, and keep them secure;
- Help us understand how you prefer to use our sites;
- Make our sites easier to use by remembering certain information you have entered;
- Improve your experience by showing you information relevant to you.
This policy explains what cookies are, how we use them, how they affect you and what you can do if you do not wish to accept some or all of the cookies we use on our websites.
What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information that are placed on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or other means of accessing the internet whenever you visit most websites. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes the cookie.
Cookies are useful because they allow us to recognize your device. They serve many different purposes, such as allowing you to navigate between pages more efficiently, remembering your preferences, or recognizing visitors to our websites so we can see how you navigate our websites when you use them. This helps us improve the way our websites work (for example, by making sure you can easily find what you need).
What sort of cookies do we use?
There are two types of cookies we use on our websites:
- Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your device until you close your browser (at which point they are deleted).
- Persistent or stored cookies remain permanently on the cookie file of your computer unless you choose to delete them.
Both types of cookies can either be first-party (i.e. owned by us) or third-party (i.e. owned by a trusted affiliate of ours).
What is the difference between first-party and third-party cookies?
Whether a cookie is first-party or third-party depends on which website the cookie comes from. First-party cookies are those set by us when you visit any of our websites. All other cookies are third-party cookies.
We use both first-party and third-party cookies, which you can read more about under the four categories of cookies described below.
The cookies used on our websites fall into one of four categories.
The categories are: "strictly necessary", "performance", "functionality", and "targeting".
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential to help you move around our websites and use the functionality, such as accessing secure areas of our website. Without these cookies, certain features and functionality will not be available to you.
We categorize the following cookies as strictly necessary:
Session ID cookies: These cookies are used to help us load pages you would like to view faster. They are also used for our websites requiring a login to verify your device. The information used to do this is not collected and is not logged for tracking, sales, or marketing purposes.
Performance and functionality cookies
These cookies give you extra functionality, such as being able to ask us to remember your preferences. They also let us monitor how our websites are performing so we can take steps to improve them.
We categorize the following cookies as performance or functional cookies:
Site location cookies: We sometimes use these cookies to remember certain sections of our websites you visited and redirect you there the next time you visit. The information used to do this is not collected and is not logged for tracking, sales, or marketing purposes.
Analytics cookies: These cookies enable us to track visitor behavior and measure website performance.
These cookies contain a unique key that can distinguish individual users’ browsing habits or store a code that can be translated into to a set of browsing habits or preferences using information stored elsewhere.
They do not store personal information directly but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
We categorize the following cookies as targeting cookies:
Advertising cookies: These cookies are used to deliver online advertisements on other websites that are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see such advertisements as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.
Can I prevent my preferred browser from accepting cookies?
The web browsers of most devices are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your web browser to disable cookies or to let you know when a website is attempting to add a cookie. You can also delete cookies that have previously been added to your device's cookie file.
For more information on how to modify your browser settings, click on “Internet settings” in the top right-hand corner of your screen, for guidance.
If you choose to turn on the do-not-track (DNT) and block third-party cookies command or to block all cookies, Samuel Freshfields will not send cookies to the browser you modified or to third parties.
If you disable session cookies, you will still be able to view most of the pages on our websites, but you may not be able to log into any secure pages (i.e. those which require a username and password).
Is there anything else I should know about cookies?
By using our websites, you agree to us placing certain types of cookies described in this policy on your device; however, if you choose to, you can block these cookies using your browser settings.
Cookies cannot retrieve information from your device which tells us about you or your family and, unless you have logged in to a secure part of the website, cookies cannot be used to identify who you are.
Cookies cannot be used by anyone else who has access to your device to find out anything about you, other than someone using the same device has visited a certain site. Cookies do not compromise the security of your device.
Cookies will not be used to contact you for any sales or marketing purposes.
Amending cookie preferences