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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 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. You can also follow the instructions under the Changing cookie settings in your browser heading below in order to disable and/or clear cookies, including strictly necessary cookies. 

Essential or strictly necessary cookies

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
visitor_sitepreference This is an Allen & Overy (A&O) cookie that is used to record information about your cookie preferences. 1 year (if you reject cookies, this cookie will expire after your session has ended)
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

allenovery#lang

These cookies store 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
  • ApplicationGatewayAffinityCORS
these cookies are set by Azure Apps. ApplicationGatewayAffinity is used for internal load balancing. ApplicationGatewayAffinityCORS is used 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
visitor_sitepreference

This is an Allen & Overy cookie that stores information about your default site (Germany or Global site), language preference, career location preference and other location preference (for news & insights panels across the site). 1 year

Analytics cookies

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

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
sc_analytics_global_cookie
This cookie is set by Sitecore and stores an ID (issued by Sitecore) that represents a user’s device It is used to identify a returning user to the site and collect information in relation to the pages visited, country location, device used and the length of time spent on the site. [The user data provided to A&O is aggregated and therefore anonymous.] 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

Universal Analytics (Google)

  • _ga 
  • _gid/dc_gtm_
  • _gat
  • NID
  • IP_JAR
  • OGPC
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: 2 years

_gid: 24 hours

dc_gtm: when you close your browser

_gat: 1 minute

NID: 6 months

IP_JAR: 30 minutes

OGPC: 2 years

Google Ads/Adsense

  • DV
  • _gcl_au
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website after clicking through from a GoogleAd. They distinguish users on the website by assigning a randomly generated number as an identifier. The user data provided to A&O is aggregated and therefore anonymous. DV: 1 day

_gcl_au: 90 days

Third-party cookies

These cookies are set by websites other than www.allenovery.com (e.g. when you a view a video on our website, cookies will be set by the third party sites our video content is hosted on (YouTube and IBM)).

YouTube:

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.

IBM:

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.

LinkedIn:

  • AnalyticsSyncHistory
  • UserMatchHistory
  • bcookie
  • bscookie
  • lang
  • li_sugr
  • li_gc
  • lidc
  • lang
  • lms_analytics

 

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.
  • AnalyticsSyncHistory: 30 days
  • UserMatchHistory: 30 days
  • bcookie: 2 years
  • bscookie: 2 years
  • lang: Session
  • li_sugr: 90 days
  • li_gc: 2 years
  • lidc: 24 hours
  • lang: Session
  • lms_analytics: 30 days

 

Changing cookie settings in your browser

For information on how to disable and/or clear cookies, including strictly necessary 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.