The Legal Notices
should be read as a whole. Certain words as used in the Legal Notices and elsewhere on this website, in emails and in other materials are to have the meanings assigned here
Requesting client services
No client-lawyer relationship between you and Bird & Bird, is or may be created by your access to or use of the site or any site content. Accordingly, the professional duties owed by a lawyer to his client under law or codes of conduct or regulations imposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, any bar association or other regulator, do not apply to mere users of this site or site content. The only way to become our client is through an agreement between you and us, after we have completed our standard new business review process.
If you are interested in asking us to advise you, please call us, email us or otherwise contact us so that we can determine whether the matter is one for which we are willing or able to accept a professional client engagement. The contact details for our offices are listed on our site. If you are not already a client of Bird & Bird, do not include any confidential information in any unsolicited e-mail. If you submit unsolicited information to us by email or otherwise, you acknowledge that it will not be considered to be confidential. We reserve the right to decline any engagement if it would create a conflict of interest or similar difficulty with any of our current or former clients or for any other reason in our discretion.
Anti-bribery and corruption laws
We have anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies and procedures which apply to all our employees worldwide. These policies prohibit the making, offering or promising to make a payment or transfer anything of value, including the provision of any service, gift or entertainment, on our behalf, by all such employees, for any improper purpose or business advantage. These policies apply to dealings by our partners and employees with all third parties on our behalf. They specifically prohibit such dealings with government personnel and other officials for the purpose of improperly obtaining or retaining business or for any other improper purpose or business advantage.
Anti-money laundering laws
Should you wish to ask us to enter into a client engagement with you, you should be aware that in many jurisdictions in which we operate, laws which are designed to combat money laundering may restrict our ability to act, or continue to act, for you in circumstances where we have grounds to suspect that money laundering may be involved, and may impose reporting and disclosure obligations on us which override our duties of confidentiality to you. Broadly, money laundering can arise if a person acquires, retains, transfers, uses or controls the proceeds of a crime or the benefit of a criminal activity. In order to fulfil our obligations under law we may be obliged to verify the identity of new clients, and in certain circumstances existing clients. In addition, our internal requirements from time to time may require that we conduct background checks on new or existing clients. These may necessitate verification procedures of the identity and good standing of clients, one or more of their directors or employees or other representatives and others and the identity of their shareholders, beneficial owners, management, together with their directors or officers, related personnel and/or other relevant information, possibly including evidence of source of funds, at the outset of and possibly from time to time throughout our relationship with you.
This website is not intended to be an advertisement for legal services or solicitation of clients except in those jurisdictions where specific regulations governing the practice of law define advertising to include websites. Bird & Bird is neither advertising legal services nor representing that any Bird & Bird person holds the authorisations and permissions necessary to provide legal advice in all jurisdictions in which the information contained on this website may be received.