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Cookies on our website

Background

 

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

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 below. 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.

If you do ‘accept cookies’ then the cookies listed below may be stored on your device depending on what content you view or interact with on our website. A description of each cookie, what it is used for and how long it is retained is set out below.

If you choose not to accept cookies then we will only store the 'Strictly necessary cookies' listed below for the periods set out next to them. 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. To switch these cookies off please 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 Cookies placed by marketing emails heading below. To switch these cookies off please follow the instructions under the Changing cookie settings in your browser heading below.

 

Strictly necessary cookies

 

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
ao-master 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
#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

 

Tracking cookies

 

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
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

_ga

This cookie is set by Google Analytics to distinguish users on the website by assigning a randomly generated number as an identifier. It is used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the site’s analytics reports. Google Analytics cookies collect information on the number of visitors to the site, the pages visited and the length of time spent on the site. The user data provided to A&O is aggregated and therefore anonymous. 2 years

_gid OR _dc_gtm_<property-id> TBC exact name until we get tag manager installed
This cookie is used by Google Analytics to anonymously distinguish users to the website and stores a unique value for each page visited to ensure the other Google Analytics cookies set out in this policy function correctly. 24 hours
_utma This is used by Google Analytics to anonymously identify unique visitors (rather than returning visitors) on the A&O website. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. This helps us understand how effective our marketing and search engine optimisation is in bringing visitors to our website. 2 years
_utmb
This is used by Google Analytics to anonymously track new sessions and visits to the website. This helps us understand how effective our marketing is in bringing visitors to our website. 30 minutes
_utmz This is used by Google Analytics for tracking user visit sources (i.e. the website the user came from before reaching the A&O website such as a search engine result, social post or direct link). This helps us understand how effective our marketing and search engine optimisation is in bringing visitors to our website.
6 months

 

Third-party tracking cookies

 

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If you view an embedded video from YouTube during your session on the A&O website, this cookie will be used by YouTube to anonymously track views of that video. The cookie only activates for this site when a user clicks to play or interact with a 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

When you visit the allenovery.com site from an Allen & Overy/LinkedIn sponsored campaign this cookie is set by LinkedIn and stores a unique LinkedIn user ID.
This cookie enables A&O to see how many clicks or visits our content has from LinkedIn.
For more information please see LinkedIn's cookie policy.
90 days
BizoData
When you visit the allenovery.com site from an Allen & Overy/LinkedIn sponsored campaign this cookie is set by LinkedIn and stores anonymous business demographic profile data for the user. Business demographic data may include anonymous codes for business demographics such as company size, industry, job function, or seniority level, but will not include any personal information. This helps A&O to ensure they are reaching their target demographic with their LinkedIn campaigns/content.
For more information please see LinkedIn's cookie policy.
90 days

 

Cookies placed by marketing emails

 

When you receive email marketing communications from A&O and click on a link in the email to an A&O website, we use software to place the below cookies on your device. These cookies help us to understand 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.

As these cookies are not placed by this 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.

 

comms.allenovery.com_VxSessionId If you visit any A&O webpages by clicking on a link in a marketing email from Allen & Overy this cookie is set by Vuture (A&O’s email marketing platform) to collect information about the webpages you visit. This allows A&O to understand your content interests when browsing the website. When you close your browser.
Vuture intEmailHistoryId This is used by the Vuture platform to uniquely identify you if you click onto an A&O webpage from an email marketing communication from A&O. The cookie records the pages you visit on the A&O website and time spent on the page. 1 year
Vuture ASPSESSIONID This is used by Vuture to uniquely identify your visit so that the other Vuture cookies set out in this policy function correctly. When you close your browser

 

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.