Legal, copyright and privacy

Updated 23 January 2017

Our legal status

The SRA is the regulatory organisation of the Law Society. It is part of the Law Society—but operates separately from it. The Law Society has delegated to it regulatory powers and charged it to exercise those functions independently and in the public interest. For information about our approach to data protection, please see the Law Society's Data protection policy.

Linking to us

We encourage any website owners to link to any information on our site. You do not need to seek permission. Please note: we cannot guarantee that the information will always remain in the same place.

You are welcome to copy excerpts of our information for purposes of review, discussion, academic study and other legitimate pursuits. You do not need to seek permission for such fair use, although you should acknowledge the source.

However, all information on this site, all motifs, designs and logos are copyright © The Law Society, unless specifically stated otherwise. We will vigorously pursue any violation of our copyright that seeks to exploit our material for commercial gain or to misrepresent our regulatory stance.

Reasonable adjustments

We have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to provide reasonable adjustments to make sure that a disabled person is not substantially disadvantaged in comparison to a non-disabled person.

"Substantial" is defined in the Act as more than minor or trivial.

This duty requires us to do three things:

  • Take reasonable steps to avoid a disadvantage that a provision, criterion or practice that we usually rely on puts a disabled person at in comparison to a non-disabled person.
  • Remove or alter a physical feature of our premises, or make alternative arrangements to overcome the disadvantage the physical feature creates for a disabled person in comparison to a non-disabled person.
  • If a disabled person would be put at a disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person but for being provided with an auxiliary aid, then we must take reasonable steps to provide an auxiliary aid or service to help them. This could include anything which provides additional support or assistance to a disabled person, such as a specialist piece of equipment, the provision of a sign language interpreter, or an electronic or manual note-taking service.

What is a disability?

The Equality Act defines disability as "a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities." The Act covers people with a progressive condition such as HIV, cancer or multiple sclerosis.

The duty to provide reasonable adjustments applies only to people who have a disability as defined in the Act.

An organisation is not subject to the duty to provide reasonable adjustments to a person if that organisation did not know or could not reasonably be expected to know about the person’s disability and that the person is likely to be placed at a disadvantage as a result.

Law students

Students requiring reasonable adjustments in relation to their course should approach their course provider. Read our FAQs about the course providers duty to make reasonable adjustments.

Further help and advice

Privacy

Cookies

Last updated 4 October 2016

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer while you are visiting a website. Cookies help make websites work. They also provide us with aggregated information about how users interact with our site. We use this information to try to improve your experience on our website.

We may use cookies to remember personal settings you have chosen at our website. In no other context do we use cookies to collect information that identifies you personally. Most of the cookies we set are automatically deleted from your computer when you leave our website or shortly afterwards.

The law about cookies changed in May 2011. Websites must get your agreement before they set certain types of cookie on your computer or handheld device.

Complete information about the cookies we may set on your browser appears below. A hyperlink to this information about cookies appears prominently on most pages of our website.

Third-party cookies

A number of the services we use to add value and convenience to your experience of our website may set cookies on your browser on our behalf. These services fall into two broad groups: social media and web analytics.

Social media

As part of efforts to disseminate regulatory information, we publish all of our video content on YouTube.com, and embed it on our website. When you visit web pages that contain embedded video content and trigger the video to play, YouTube sets cookies on your browser. Please check Google's privacy policy, which covers YouTube, if you have concerns.

With some of our topical web content (e.g. news releases), we include buttons that allow you to share the content easily with your online networks—using Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. When you visit areas on our website that contain these buttons, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook may set cookies on your browser. We do not control the use of these third-party cookies, and you should check the privacy policies of Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook if you have any concerns.

Service Cookie name Expiry
twitter.com Pid 2 years
linkedin.com X-LL-IDC When you close your browser
youtube.com use_hitbox When you close your browser
youtube.com VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 240 days
Web analytics

We use a third-party service—Google Analytics—to collect aggregate data about usage of our website. We use this information to try to improve our web-based services. Google Analytics sets several cookies on your browser. We do not control the use of the these third-party cookies, and you should check Google's privacy policy if you have concerns.

Service Cookie name Expiry
Google Analytics _utma 2 years
Google Analytics _utmb After 30 minutes of inactivity
Google Analytics _utmc When you close your browser
Google Analytics _utmz 6 months
Google Analytics _utmv 2 years

We also use a third-party service—LivePerson—to chat to users in real time who visit our guidance pages. This service works alongside our Professional Ethics Guidance helpline in answering solicitors' queries. LivePerson sets several cookies on your browser and you should check LivePerson Privacy Policy for more information.

Service Cookie name Expiry
liveperson.net LivePersonID 1 year
liveperson.net HumanClickKEY, HumanClickCHATKEY, HumanClickSiteContainerID_<SITEID>, lpCloseInvite, LPit When you close your browser
liveperson.net HumanClickACTIVE 1 day

Cookies set by www.sra.org.uk

Below is a list of cookies set by the SRA website, along with a brief description of what each is used for.

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
ASP.NET_SessionId Unique identifier for sessions, identifies a user’s session When you close your browser
BIGipServerEktron_Web_CMS Used by load balancer to map browser sessions to specific web application servers When you close your browser
Ecm Used by web platform to determine whether user is a logged-in content management system user When you close your browser
firstCookie Used to collect aggregate data on user selections in customer-contact form When you close your browser
CookieDropDowns Used to collect aggregate data on user selections in customer-contact form When you close your browser
ekContentRatingID Intended to prevent single user from biasing content ratings by rating the same content repeatedly 8,000 years (expires 31 Dec 9999)
EktGUID Contains no data other than its file name, which is a unique number referencing user data stored on the web application serve 1 year
webvers Contains no data other than the word "desktop"; stores a user's preference for desktop-optimised display features regardless of device type 14 days

Cookies set by mySRA (www.my.sra.org.uk)

Our online account management solution— mySRA—sets several cookies over and above the cookies listed directly above. By logging in to mySRA, you consent to the following cookies being set on your browser.

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
ASP.NET_SessionId Unique identifier for sessions, identifies a user’s session When you close your browser
ASPXAUTH Used by web platform to determine whether a user is an authenticated user When you close your browser
BIGipServerMYSRA_POOL_443 Used by load balancer to map browser sessions to specific web application servers When you close your browser
TLSUserName Contains username in encrypted format so that user is automatically logged in to website if cookie is present 100 minutes
TLSPassword Contains password in encrypted format so that user is automatically logged in to website if cookie is present 100 minutes

Cookies set by https://forms.sra.org.uk

A small number of our online forms and surveys are served securely by a cloud-based platform using the sub-domain forms.sra.org.uk. This platform sets the following cookie.

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
sg-response-939471 Used selectively to identify user and re-direct to appropriate unique instance of form 90 days

Cookies set by https://events.sra.org.uk

When you register for an SRA event you are served securely by a dedicated platform called Eventsforce which uses the sub-domain events.sra.org.uk. The platform sets the following cookies, in addition to those listed under www.sra.org.uk above.

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
_zendesk_shared_session, _zendesk_session Used by our Eventsforce software to store information temporarily while you are using the site When you close your browser

Cookies set by https://lawsociety.tal.net

When you apply for a job at the SRA you are served securely by a dedicated recruitment platform called WCN which uses the domain lawsociety.tal.net. The platform sets the following cookies, in addition to those listed under www.sra.org.uk above.

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
wcn_agent_session agent session on a system When you close your browser
wcn_ats_session recruiter session on a system When you close your browser
wcn_session candidate session on a system When you close your browser
Crsf-token cross site request token for api When you close your browser

More information and help

To learn more about cookies, including how to manage cookies using your browser, visit www.aboutcookies.org. Please note that, if you delete our cookies or disable future cookies, you may not be able to access some areas or features of our websites.

If you have any questions or concerns about cookies set by www.sra.org.uk, www.my.sra.org.uk, https://forms.sra.org.uk or https://se.sra.org.uk, please contact us.

Fair processing notice

We may use personal information provided by registered users of this website in order to conduct appropriate checks, which may include, but are not limited to, fraud and credit checks by independent Credit Reference and other agencies. Personal information provided may be disclosed to third-party agencies, who may keep a record of that information. The information is required to enable us to fulfil our statutory and regulatory obligations. All such information will be treated securely and strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


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