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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 www.lawsociety.org.uk

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 Preserves the visitor's session state across page requests.When you close your browser
BIGipServerlawsociety.org.uk_Pool Used by load balancer to map browser sessions to specific web application servers When you close your browser
CookieConsentStores the user's cookie consent state for the current domain1 year
EcmUsed 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
Kz4ysOSSbN87vepbUnclassifiedWhen you close your browser
SESS#Preserves users states across page requests.When you close your browser
__utmtUsed to throttle the speed of requests to the serverWhen you close your browser
_gaRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website2 years
_gidRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.When you close your browser
__ab12#Unclassified2 years

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 four broad groups: web analytics, social media, third parties 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 @@History/@@scroll|#Persistent
Google Analytics _utma 2 years
Google Analytics _utmb When you close your browser
Google Analytics _utmc When you close your browser
Google Analytics _utmz 6 months
Google Analytics _gat When you close your browser

Social media

Cookie namePurposeDuration
GPSRegisters a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on georgraphical GPS locationWhen you close your browser
i/jotTwitterWhen you close your browser
i/jot/syndicationTwitterWhen you close your browser
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVETries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.179 days
YSCRegisters a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.When you close your browser

Third parties

Cookie namePurposeDuration
__cfduidUsed by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic1 year
ASP.NET_SessionIdPreserves the visitor's session state across page requests.When you close your browser
AWSELBUsed to distribute traffic to the website on several servers in order to optimise response times.When you close your browser
langRemembers the user's selected language version of a websiteWhen you close your browser
_gaRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website2 years
stats_day_#UnclassifiedWhen you close your browser
stats_month_#Unclassified29 days
stats_user_day_#UnclassifiedWhen you close your browser
stats_user_month_#Unclassified29 days
__ab12#Unclassified2 years
_initial_referrerUnclassifiedWhen you close your browser

 Advertising

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.

Cookie namePurposeDuration
IDEUsed by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.2 years
NIDRegisters a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads6 months
test_cookieUsed to check if the user's browser supports cookies.When you close your browser
GoogleAdServingTestUsed to register what ads have been displayed to the user.When you close your browser