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Cookies are small text files stored on your computer while you are visiting a website. Cookies help make websites work. They also provide us with aggregated information about how users interact with our site. We use this information to try to improve your experience on our website.

We may use cookies to remember personal settings you have chosen at our website. In no other context do we use cookies to collect information that identifies you personally. Most of the cookies we set are automatically deleted from your computer when you leave our website or shortly afterwards.

The law about cookies changed in May 2011. Websites must get your agreement before they set certain types of cookie on your computer or handheld device.

Complete information about the cookies we may set on your browser appears below. A hyperlink to this information about cookies appears prominently on most pages of our website.

Cookies set by

Below is a list of cookies set by the Law Society website, along with a brief description of what each is used for.

Cookie namePurposeDuration
ASP.NET_SessionId Unique identifier for sessions, identifies a user's session When you close your browser Used by load balancer to map browser sessions to specific web application servers When you close your browser
Ecm Used by web platform to determine whether user is a logged-in content management system user When you close your browser
ekAnalyticsUsed by web platform to collect usage data 1 year
EktGUID Contains no data other than its file name, which is a unique number referencing user data stored on the web application serve 1 year

Third-party cookies

A number of the services we use to add value and convenience to your experience of our website may set cookies on your browser on our behalf. These services fall into three broad groups: web analytics, surveys and advertising.

Web analytics

We use a third-party service—Google Analytics—to collect aggregate data about usage of our website. We use this information to try to improve our web-based services. Google Analytics sets several cookies on your browser. We do not control the use of the these third-party cookies, and you should check Google's privacy policy if you have concerns.

ServiceCookie nameDuration
Google Analytics _utma 2 years
Google Analytics _utmb After 30 minutes of inactivity
Google Analytics _utmc When you close your browser
Google Analytics _utmz 6 months
Google Analytics _utmv 2 years


We occasionally run surveys on our website. The surveys are hosted by SurveyMonkey, which sets cookies to help it track your answers to the survey and also to make sure you're not bothered again with a request to complete a survey if you've already seen it.

We do not control the use of the these third-party cookies, and you should check SurveyMonkey's privacy policy if you have concerns. 

ServiceCookie nameDuration
research.netP_37608609When you close your browser
research.netsvisit30 days
research.netep201 12 months
research.netep20212 months mbox 30 minutes


We serve advertising on some or all pages of this website. The software we use to serve ads places a cookie on your computer which allows us to control the number of times an ad can be served to the same computer. We do not use this feature of our ad server, and do not collect personal information about you, or the ads that you have seen.

ServiceCookie nameDuration
doubleclick.com__gads 730 days