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  1. SCOPE OF THIS STATEMENT
    1. This policy covers the website found at the following URLs:
      http://www.watsonburton.com
      http://www.watsonburton.co.uk
    2. The website is provided by Watson Burton LLP. Third party website developers are employed by Watson Burton to develop and host the website. Appropriate agreements are in place to ensure optimum quality control measures.
    3. The materials contained in this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal or other professional advice. Watson Burton LLP does not accept responsibility for any loss which may arise from accessing or relying on information contained in this website.
    4. Any issues arising from this website, and your use of this website will be subject to interpretation under the laws of England and Wales, and the courts of England and Wales shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction to resolve such issues.

  2. ORGANISATION DETAILS

    Registered address: 1 St James' Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1YQ.

    1. Watson Burton LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. To access the rules, guidance and regulations binding our professional conduct please visit www.sra.org.uk and follow the links to the Solicitors’ Code of Conduct.
    2. A list of our partners is available for inspection at the above address.
    3. The term Partner is used to refer to all members of Watson Burton LLP and any employee or consultant with equivalent status and qualification.
    4. Our partners, associate solicitors and assistant solicitors are all qualified “solicitors” as defined in sections 1 and 87 of the Solicitors Act 1974. They are individually registered with our professional body and subject to our professional rules. Our legal executives (some of whom are associates) are fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in England & Wales and are subject to its code of conduct. Please visit www.cilex.org.uk and follow the links to the specified code of conduct.

  3. POLICY STATEMENT
    1. The Chief Executive Officer has responsibility for the management of the website including:-
      1. ensuring content is up to date;
      2. ensuring content does not infringe copyright;
      3. specifying conditions for downloading material;
      4. ensuring any publicity conforms to Chapter 8 of the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2011;
      5. ensuring compliance with the Equality Act (2010);
      6. overseeing linking arrangements;
      7. ensuring posting of a privacy notice explaining how any data collected from visitors will be managed by the practice.
    2. The Chief Executive Officer may delegate responsibility for inputting and maintaining the website however accountability for any content that is shown on the website remains with the executive team.

  4. COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK NOTICES
    1. The contents of this site are protected by copyright under international law. The name "Watson Burton LLP" and the Watson Burton LLP logo are trade marks of Watson Burton LLP.
    2. Users are permitted to read the contents of this website and make copies of such content for their own personal use. They may also give copies to colleagues for their personal use on terms that Watson Burton LLP is acknowledged as the source, the text is not altered in any way and the attention of the recipients is drawn to this warning. All other use and copying of any of the contents of this site is prohibited. Copying from websites of third parties is subject to any requirements applicable to those sites.

  5. LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES
    1. This website may include hyperlinks to websites operated by other parties. Watson Burton LLP is not responsible for examining or evaluating them and their inclusion does not imply endorsement of their content. Watson Burton LLP is not responsible for the content of external internet sites that link to this website or which are linked from it.

  6. ACCESSIBILITY
    1. We are committed to making our website as accessible as possible for all our website visitors, including those with disabilities.
    2. We try to adhere to the most stringent standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium, which is an international group responsible for setting standards for web technologies. The Consortium has set up a specialist task group, the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), to define standards on web accessibility for disabled users.
    3. The WAI produces varying levels of standards and grades them in order of importance. Organisations can use these grades to decide what level of accessibility to aim for. We aim to stick to all of the WAI's standards.
    4. The standards are designed for the benefit of users to ensure that all users can access the content on our website, including:-
      1. blind users;
      2. partially sighted and colour-blind users;
      3. deaf users;
      4. hearing-impaired users;
      5. users with limited mobility;
      6. users with cognitive disabilities or learning difficulties;
      7. users with photo-sensitive epilepsy.
    5. To illustrate how compliancy has made this site accessible, we have listed representative disabilities below and explained how this site meets the users' needs:
      1. Visual (impaired): Those with visual impairments (eg myopia) can scale on all pages on the site to suit their own requirement. All text on pages is scalable, including all menu item.
      2. Hearing: There is no content on this site that cannot be accessed by deaf or hard of hearing people. To put this into context, if we were to include audio clips we would also provide a text version of the soundtrack, similarly, if we were to include movie clips or video streaming we would also provide time-indexed subtitles.
      3. Speech: This site may be fully accessed using any voice-controlled computer and web browser.
      4. Physical: For those that have difficulty using a mouse, keyboard access is supported by using standard shortcut techniques. This site can be fully navigated without the use of a mouse.
      5. Cognitive: The main (horizontal) menu is structured identically on all pages (ie all main sections can be accessed from anywhere in the site). Additional sub-section or page navigation is included in the panel to the top of appropriate pages.
      6. Neurological: There are no animated images or flashing text on this site which could - in extreme cases - cause difficulty for people who have particular neurological disorders.
      7. Features for the visually impaired: This site incorporates several features to support blind and poor-sighted people.
      8. Text scaling: All text on this site is specified in percentage terms, meaning that its size can be increased inside the browser window for easier viewing. The ability to support text scaling varies from browser to browser, but given below are some guidelines for the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and Opera. In Internet Explorer, select the View | Text Size menu command. You can then choose from a range of text sizes (Largest, Larger, Medium (default), Smaller and Smallest). Note that Internet Explorer cannot resize images. In Netscape Navigator, select the View | Text Zoom menu command. You then have a range of text sizes (in percentages) to choose from, or you can select your own percentage. You can also continually increase or decrease the current zoom factor by pressing the Ctrl and +, or Ctrl and - key combinations. Note that Navigator cannot resize images. In Opera, select the View | Zoom menu command. You then have range of percentages to choose from. Opera scales everything on the page, not just text, so images will also increase in size as you increase the zoom factor. Even the same browser product can behave differently on different platforms. For example, Internet Explorer on the Mac will scale images, whereas the Windows version cannot. Check with your supplier for details.
    6. We are committed to providing an accessible service. If you experience problems or have any suggestions for improvement, please email us at watsonburton.marketing@watsonburton.com.

  7. OUTSIDE EUROPE
    1. We reserve the right to appoint an internet service provider to host our website on our behalf which may be situated outside the European Economic Area. By agreeing to our terms and conditions of use of our website you consent to any transfer of your personal information outside the European Economic Area. This may be necessary for us to achieve the purposes set out above.

  8. LIABILITY
    1. The material displayed on our site is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law, and subject to our liability for (1) death or personal injury arising from our negligence and / or (2) fraud, we exclude:-
      1. all conditions warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or equity
      2. any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any visitor in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation, any liability for:
        1. loss of income or revenue;
        2. loss of business;
        3. loss of profits or contracts;
        4. loss of anticipated savings;
        5. loss of data;
        6. loss of goodwill;
        7. wasted management or office time; and
        8. for any other loss or damage of any kind whether direct or indirect, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable.