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Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to your device by websites you visit. They allow the website to recognise your device and store some information about your location and past actions.

We use different types of cookies for different things, such as:

  • Analysing how you use the allenovery.com website
  • Giving you a better, more personalised experience (showing content relevant to you and your location)
  • Analysing how you interact with the website after we’ve emailed you
  • Analysing the effectiveness of our interactive content such as videos and podcasts

We have listed the cookies that we use on the Allen & Overy website, what each cookie is used for and how long it is retained below.

You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.

Your choices

You can choose whether or not to accept cookies using the toggle on this page. Some cookies are essential cookies and cannot be turned off using the toggle. We have listed these 'strictly necessary' cookies, what they are used for and how long they are retained below.

Some of the cookies listed below, such as the YouTube cookie in relation to video content, are third-party cookies that cannot be turned off using the toggle. In order to remove these cookies you will need to visit the third party sites and follow the instructions in their cookie notices. Alternatively, follow the instructions under the Changing cookie settings in your browser heading below.

Cookies placed by marketing emails are different to website cookies and cannot be turned off using the toggle. Information on what these cookies are and what they do can be found under the Tracking cookies heading below. To switch these cookies off please follow the instructions under the Changing cookie settings in your browser heading below.

Necessary cookies

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
AllenOvery This is an Allen & Overy (A&O) cookie to track whether you have accepted the cookie policy. This cookie stores the time and date of consent. 1 year
ASP.NET_SessionId

This is a session cookie set by ASP.net. It identifies a user’s session on the server and ensures the user can navigate the site correctly. When you close your browser
allenoveryglobal#lang This cookie stores your language preference for the session. A language is stored per site (i.e. on the German site or the global site) to remember the language preference for that site in the current session. This is so that, where possible, we can show you content in your preferred language during your session. When you close your browser
 ApplicationGatewayAffinity This cookie is set by Azure Apps to keep a user;s session on the same server.   When you close your browser

Website functionality cookies

These cookies enable functionality that gives you a better, more personalised experience, showing content relevant to your location and remembering your language preferences. If you disable these cookies it may interfere with your experience on our website.

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
sc_analytics_global_cookie

This cookie tracks geographical personalisation preferences so that A&O can display relevant content to you on your journey around the site. For example, if you are viewing our website from the U.S., you will be shown U.S.–tagged news and publication articles. 10 years

Analytics cookies

These help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. 

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
nmstat

We use a tool called Siteimprove to collect statistics about your use of the site, such as page visits and referring websites. This information is then used for web analytics and to improve the user experience on the website. This Siteimprove Analytics cookie contains a randomly generated ID used to recognize your browser when you read a page. 1000 days

Universal Analytics (Google)

  • _ga 
  • _gid/dc_gtm_
  • _utma
  • _utmb
  • _utmc
  • _utmt
  • _utmz
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. They distinguish users on the website by assigning a randomly generated number as an identifier. They collect information on the number of visitors to the site, whether they are unique or returning visitors, the pages visited, the length of time spent on the site and how the visitor reaches the website (e.g. a search engine result, social post or direct link). The user data provided to A&O is aggregated and therefore anonymous. 
ga/utma: 2 years

_gid/ dc_gtm: 24 hours

_utmb: 30 minutes

_utmc: when you close your browser session

_utmt: 10 minutes

_utmz: 6 months

Third-party cookies

Our video content is hosted on third party sites (YouTube and IBM). In order to remove these cookies you will need to visit the third party sites and follow the instructions in their cookie notices. Alternatively, follow the instructions under the Changing cookie settings in your browser heading below.  

Cookie name Purpose Expiry

YSC



If you view a video on our website which is hosted on the YouTube platform, this cookie will be used by YouTube to anonymously track views of that video. Opt-out of YouTube cookies here. Please refer to YouTube's cookie information
PHPSESSID`, `ustream-guest`
If you view an embedded video from the IBM video platform during your session on the A&O website, this cookie will be used by IBM to anonymously track views of that video.
For more information please see IBM's cookie policy.
When you close your browser.
BizoID
BizoData 

When you visit our website from an Allen & Overy sponsored campaign on LinkedIn this cookie is set by LinkedIn and stores a unique LinkedIn user ID. These cookies enable us to see how many clicks or visits our content has from LinkedIn. 
For more information please see LinkedIn's cookie policy.
90 days

Tracking cookies

If you click on a link in a marketing email from Allen & Overy, the cookies listed below will be placed on your device for the purposes outlined below. 

As these cookies are not placed by our website, clicking 'reject cookies' will not turn these cookies off. If you wish to turn these cookies off, please follow the instructions under the Changing cookie settings in your browser heading below.

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
comms.allenovery.com
_VxSessionId

Vuture intEmailHistoryId

Vuture ASPSESSIONID
These cookies tell us whether you read the emails and other materials, such as legal publications, that we send to you, click on the links to the information that we include in them and whether and how you visit our website after you click on that link (immediately and on future visits). The cookies record this activity against your email address. comms.allenovery.com
_VxSessionId and Vuture ASPSESSIONID: when you close your browser.

Vuture intEmailHistoryId: 1 year
 

Changing cookie settings in your browser

For information on how to disable and/or clear cookies, including third-party cookies, on your device please follow the instructions in the links below:

More information on managing your cookie settings can be found at www.allaboutcookies.org.