Our services to clients
In this section, "you" refers to clients to whom we provide our professional services.
Allen & Overy is committed to providing the highest quality of service to our clients. If you are a client and you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the service provided to you we would ask that in the first instance you contact the partner responsible for the matter or your relationship partner who will be happy to discuss the matter with you. If you are still dissatisfied, then you are entitled to invoke our complaints process. A copy of our complaints procedure may be obtained from Allen & Overy’s General Counsel, Andrew Clark, or Allen & Overy’s Head of Risk & Compliance, Heather McCallum.
If the matter is still not resolved at the conclusion of our complaints process, you may be entitled to ask the Legal Ombudsman of England and Wales to consider your complaint. A complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must normally be made within six months of the date of the conclusion of a firm's complaints process. Details of how to contact the Legal Ombudsman and further information, including the eligibility criteria for invoking the Legal Ombudsman's services, can be found at www.legalombudsman.org.uk
You have a right to challenge or complain about a bill. If all or part of a bill remains unpaid, we may be entitled to charge interest on the outstanding amount unless a client has raised an unresolved bona fide query.
Professional indemnity insurance
We have professional indemnity insurance led by Travelers Insurance Company Limited of Exchequer Court, 33 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8AG and supported by other major insurance companies and Lloyds syndicates (Policy No. QN016212).
Our professional indemnity insurance covers Allen & Overy entities worldwide and extends to acts or omissions wherever in the world they occur. Further details may be obtained from Allen & Overy's General Counsel, Andrew Clark.
Financial services regulation
The provision of our legal services may relate to investments (including insurance contracts We are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or the Prudential Regulation Authority of England. However, we are included on the register maintained by the FCA so that we can carry on insurance mediation activity, which is broadly the advising on, selling and administration of insurance contracts. The FCA’s register is available on their website at www.fca.org.uk.
We can also undertake certain activities in relation to other investments which are limited in scope and incidental to our legal services or which may reasonably be regarded as a necessary part of our legal services.
The basis for carrying out these services
We will act as legal advisers. It is not part of our function to advise on the merits of investment transactions, to act as a broker or arranger of transactions, or to communicate invitations or inducements to engage in investment activity.
Nothing we say or do should be construed as advice on the investment merits of acquiring or disposing of particular investments nor an invitation, recommendation or inducement to engage in investment activity, including contracts of insurance.
We assume that any decision by you to discuss or negotiate any transaction on which we act, and any decision actually to enter into any transaction, has been or will be made by you on the basis of your own assessment of the business, financial and policy aspects of the particular transaction.
In the course of any transaction on which we act and in order to complete it, it is expected that we will communicate with you, your other advisers and the other parties to the transaction (and their advisers) in a number of ways, including, by telephone, email, fax, letter and in meetings. Amongst other things, we would expect to circulate various documents for your review and to arrange and participate in meetings and telephone calls to discuss, negotiate, agree and sign the relevant documents. We will treat your participation in such meetings, telephone calls or other forms of communication with us as a request to receive such communications.
This part of our business, including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong, is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales (the "SRA"). Please see the "Complaints" section above for information on our complaints procedure. For more information about the SRA, please visit their website at: www.sra.org.uk
Our right to retain documents
In some jurisdictions there are circumstances in which we will have the right to keep documents that belong to you even if you ask us to return or destroy them. In particular, this may occur if you have not paid all of our invoices.
Data protection legislation
As data processors, we are bound by the requirements of data protection legislation. We have also put in place a data protection policy in each of our offices. We will ensure that data we receive from clients or other individuals during the course of our providing legal services will be kept securely and processed solely for the purposes of the engagement.
Anti-money laundering laws
Under anti-money laundering laws, we may need formal evidence of your identity before we can act and may also conduct checks using external electronic databases for this purpose. We must also report suspicions of money laundering activity to our Money Laundering Reporting Officer or to the relevant external authorities, or both. We may have to stop work on a matter and may not be allowed to tell you if we make such a report. We will not be liable to you for the consequences of any such report made in good faith.
Some of the material on this website may constitute attorney advertising within the meaning of sections 1200.1 and 1200.6-8 of Title 22 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulatory Attorney Advertising Regulations. The following statement is made on this website in accordance with those rules:
ATTORNEY ADVERTISING; PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE A SIMILAR OUTCOME.
It is our policy to account to our clients for a sum in lieu of interest on a fair and reasonable basis. In particular:
Client monies will be deposited in a general client account (in which amounts for different clients are pooled) unless otherwise instructed (see below).
Client monies will be held in an instant access account in order to facilitate transactions unless otherwise instructed.
Interest will normally be calculated at a rate equivalent to that available to Allen & Overy at the time the client monies are held had the client monies been deposited in a separate instant access account.
If the total amount of interest calculated over the course of a transaction is less than £20 no payment in lieu of interest will be paid.
Instructions to place client money on a term deposit
If specific instructions are received from a client to place client monies on a term deposit, a separate designated account will be created. In respect of any client monies held in a separate designated account all interest earned on that account will be paid to the client in full.
It is unlikely that a client will receive as much interest as might have been obtained had the funds been invested by the client itself.