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1. What are cookies?

Our websites use cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer (or internet-enabled device) by websites you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work and to improve their efficiency, as well as to provide website usage information to the website owner.

2. Why do we use cookies?

2.1 Our websites use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our websites in order to help us to improve your experience when you browse our websites. For example, they allow you to navigate between pages efficiently and to log in to areas of the websites for which you choose to register.

3. What cookies do we use?

3.1 Our websites use three kinds of cookie (using categories suggested in the International Chamber of Commerce UK's ("ICC") Cookie guide):

  • Strictly necessary cookies;
  • Performance cookies; and
  • Targeting cookies.

For more information on these categories, please see the ICC's Cookie guide available here.

4. Strictly necessary cookies

These are essential to enable you to move around our websites and to allow the features of the sites to work correctly. Without these, services you request – such as navigating between pages – cannot be provided.

We use the following strictly necessary cookies on our websites:

Cookie name Where used Purpose Further information
ASP.NET_SessionId This cookie is used across Herbert Smith Freehills' main website and its careers and graduate recruitment websites. This cookie implements a Microsoft technology which is essential for the operation of our websites. It assigns a random 20 digit identification number to each visitor to ensure they can navigate the site correctly. It is deleted when the browser is closed. Click here to visit Microsoft's website for further details on session IDs
sifrFetch

This cookie is used on Herbert Smith Freehills' careers and graduate recruitment websites.

This "Scalable Inman Flash Replacement" cookie allows the website to check whether your browser supports a web technology that improves the appearance of website content.

Click here to visit the creator's website for further information on how sIFR works
ColdFusion session cookies: CFID CFTOKEN These cookies are used on Herbert Smith Freehills' career opportunities website which is powered by Kenexa. These cookies implement an Adobe technology which is essential for the operation of the website. Click here to visit Adobe's website for detailed information on ColdFusion cookies
Sproutvideo session cookies These cookies are used on Herbert Smith Freehills' KnowledgeSOURCE website video streaming powered by Sproutvideo. Two types of cookies are implemented which are essential for the operation of the website and the individual tracking of the video viewed on the KnowledgeSOURCE site. Click here to visit Sproutvideo’s website.
Drupal/PHP session cookie

This technology is used in the Project Finance Connect, Knowledge SOURCE, Extract, and Crisis Prevention Management websites / application.

This cookie checks whether the user is accessing the site from a browser or the application.  Click here to visit Aquia’s website for detailed information on Drupal/PHP cookies
Drupal_visitor_hidetop- -header This technology is used in the Crisis Prevention Management website / application. This cookie checks whether the user is accessing the site from a browser or the application. Click here to visit Aquia’s website for detailed information on Drupal/PHP cookies

5. Performance cookies/technologies

These enable us to collect information about how you use our websites or read our publications, for instance which pages are viewed by visitors most frequently. All information collected in this way is used to improve how our websites work or the effectiveness of our client publications.

Cookie name Where used Purpose Further information
Google Analytics: _utma _utmb _utmc _utmz These cookies are used on Herbert Smith Freehills' know-how blogs which are powered by WordPress. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our blogs. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the blogs. The cookies enable us to collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here to visit Google's website for further details on analytics cookies
VutureVX "clear gifs" This technology is used in the tool used to deliver electronic client publications. These are very small image files included in email publications we send out using a third party email marketing tool. They are used to help confirm the successful delivery of our publications and to allow us to analyse levels of interest so we can adapt our publications to offer information of most relevance to our subscribers. Click here to visit Vuture's website for further information on email tracking
Webtrends cookies This technology is used in the Project Finance Connect and Knowledge SOURCE websites. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our sites. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the sites and the sites content provided. The cookies enable us to collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.  Click here to visit Webtrends website for further information on email tracking

6. Targeting cookie

This cookie forms part of the technology used to deliver our know how blogs which are powered by a third party. We are looking at ways of having this cookie excluded in the future.

Cookie name Where used Purpose Further information
_qca This cookie is used on Herbert Smith Freehills' know-how blogs which are powered by a third party. This cookie was created by Quantcast and is used to collect information about how you use the site. Quantcast use this "Log Data" to produce reports for web publishers and advertisers to enable them to deliver content which is more relevant to their audiences. It does not store any personally identifiable information about you. Click here to visit Quantcast's website and for further details on Log Data and how to opt out

7. Third Party websites

Our websites link through to third party websites (including, for example for the delivery of podcasts) which may also use cookies over which we have no control. We recommend that you check the relevant third party's privacy policies for information about any cookies which may be used.

8. Consent and Control

When you sign up via our websites to receive services which we are aware use performance or targeting cookies or clear gifs (see above) or their equivalent, we will inform you as part of the registration process and ask you to consent to these. If you do not wish to consent then please do not sign up for the service.

8.1 If you wish to restrict, block or delete the cookies which are set by any websites, you can generally do this through your browser settings. The "Help" function within your browser should tell you how.

8.2 Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.allaboutcookies.org which contains information on how to block cookies from a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.

8.3 Please note that by deleting or blocking cookies, our websites may not function correctly and you may not be able to access certain areas.

9. Changes

9.1 We may need to update this Cookie Policy in the future and so encourage you to review this Cookie Policy periodically to stay informed about how we are using cookies. This cookie policy was last updated July 2016.

10. Further information

You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org and for a video about cookies visit www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/data-on-the-web/cookies.

10.1 If you have any questions or comments regarding this Cookie Policy, please email privacy@hsf.com.