Privacy and Cookies

Our policy and our website

We respect your privacy and take the matter of protecting your personal information very seriously. At the same time, we want to ensure that you have the best possible browsing experience while visiting our website. This policy explains how we handle your personal information and how we use cookies on our website (www.balfour-manson.co.uk). Please note that we may amend this policy from time to time.

Some of our web pages/sites may now, or in the future, require that users include personal information. The data requested may include names of individuals and their positions with firms, trusts and corporations as well as postal and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, additional information and/or comments.

Balfour+Manson LLP collects this information in order lawfully to market and deliver its services and carry out transactions. Balfour+Manson LLP does not sell or voluntarily share the information externally.

Cookies

What are they?

'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive, mobile telephone or other device you use to access the web. They store information about your browsing preferences and the configuration of your computer. More information on cookies can be found at aboutcookies.org.

When you use our website for the first time, a banner will be shown at the top of your screen, explaining that we use cookies. By continuing to use our website, you agree to the use of cookies on your device as set out in this policy.

What cookies does Balfour+Manson use on its site?

For site functionality These cookies are essential to the running of our website. Our Content Management System (the software we use to update the content on our site) uses one cookie to authenticate website administrators. It is not used by Balfour+Manson LLP for any monitoring purposes.

Google analytics

We use four cookies from Google Analytics. They provide us with a wide range of information, including how many unique browsers we have had during a given period, how often people visit our site, where and when they tend to come in, and which pages they were looking at before they left. We use this information to understand which content is most helpful and relevant to users, and to improve their experience on our website. We do not use cookies to collect information that identifies you personally. For this reason these cookies are often called 'anonymous analytics cookies', or ‘performance cookies’.

You can find out more about cookie use by Google Analytics here. Should you wish to opt out of this type of data being collected from your device, please see the Browser Add-On at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. The longest lifespan of these cookies is two years.

We have no means of tracking your surfing behaviour on other websites before or after you visit the Balfour+Manson LLP site.

Social sharing cookies

We use a social sharing tool from www.sharethis.com that allows you to share news content from our site with other sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. These are known as ‘third party cookies’ because they are set by third parties to improve user experience and functionality. The tool may set a cookie when you visit the ‘news’ section of our site.

We also have social media accounts, profiles or pages on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Throughout the pages on our website we provide links to these various social media sites. If you have accounts on those social media sites, third party cookies may be used on your device to assist your sharing experience.

We do not have control over third party cookies. The third party controls how the cookie is used. If you do not want these cookies to be set on your device, you should follow the guidance below on managing cookies. We would also suggest that you look at the relevant social media site’s privacy and/or cookies policy.

The table below sets out our purposes for using these different types of cookie.

 

Cookie     

Name      

Purpose

More Information

Google   Analytics

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site.

We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where the visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Click here for an overview of privacy at Google

Content   Management System

ASP.NET_SessionId

This cookie is set by our content management system upon arrival to the b+m site. It is not used by b+m for any purpose. This cookie is deleted when a user  closes their browser.

 

ShareThis

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We use various social sharing buttons (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube) provided by www.sharethis.com, in the ‘news’ section of our site in order to make it easier for you to share content with your friends and contacts. There is an opt-out button within the link.

Click here for an overview of privacy at ShareThis

  

How to manage cookies on your device

We recognise and respect that you may not wish for particular cookies to be set on your device. If you would like to use our website, but do not consent to any or all cookies being set, you can configure your web browser accordingly. This is commonly known as ‘opting out’.

You can configure your web browser to disable and/or refuse all cookies. However, doing so may affect your browsing experience on our website. Certain web browsers may vary in how they handle cookies, but assistance can usually be found via the ‘Help’, ‘Tools’ or ‘Settings’ options on your browser. Please note that disabling a cookie does not delete it from your device. You can do this manually within your own browser.

Other matters

Confidentiality and security safeguards

Balfour+Manson LLP takes technical, contractual, administrative and physical steps to protect against unauthorised access to, and disclosure of, individually identifiable information. These steps include firewalls, secure socket layers, password verification, as well as other security measures.

Forums

Some Balfour+Manson LLP sites may now, or in the future, make use of forums, chat rooms, or message boards that are open to our clients, and in some cases, the public. Any information that you post in these areas becomes publicly available information; you should exercise caution when deciding whether to disclose your personal information.

External links

Balfour+Manson LLP is not responsible for the privacy policies or any other aspect of web sites to which a Balfour+Manson LLP web site may link or for those of any downstream linkages