LEGAL NOTICES

These Legal Notices contain information about Bird & Bird and how we provide our services, including our policy in relation to complaints, and set out the basis on which you may use this and any related website in conjunction with our Terms of Use.

Please read the Legal Notices carefully.

To report any problems, or send feedback, comments and/or queries on compliance and regulatory issues or any other matter under Legal Notices, please click here. The e-mail generated will be received directly by the firm's Risk & Compliance team.

Legal Structure

Bird & Bird is an international law firm comprising Bird & Bird LLP and its affiliated entities which are authorized to use the name "Bird & Bird".  All references on this website to "Bird & Bird" or "the firm" (or "we" or "us) should be read as referring to Bird & Bird LLP and/or its affiliated firms or entities. The use of these terms is for convenience only and does not imply that all or any of such entities are in partnership together or accept responsibility for the acts or omissions of each other.

"Bird & Bird" and "twobirds" are registered trademarks.

Bird & Bird LLP is a limited liability partnership, registered in England and Wales with registered number OC340318. Its registered office and principal place of business is at 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP, United Kingdom. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) with SRA ID 497264. 

A list of members of Bird & Bird LLP, and of any non-members who are designated as partners, and of their respective professional qualifications, is open to inspection at our London office address.  A reference to a partner means member, or a consultant or employee with equivalent standing and qualifications, of Bird & Bird LLP or any of its affiliated firms or entities.

Before 29 November 2008 Bird & Bird LLP was a general partnership constituted under the laws Of England and Wales.  Nothing on this website should be taken to indicate that Bird & Bird LLP or any of its affiliated limited liability entities are unlimited liability undertakings or general partnerships. Nor are any of these entities in partnership with each other and none of them are liable for the acts or omissions of any other.

Location-specific regulatory information

Bird & Bird is an international law firm operating through a number of legal entities which are subject to the rules of professional regulatory bodies in the jurisdiction where they practice. For details of the different Bird & Bird entities, their countries of operation, professional titles and regulatory position, please click on the relevant link below:

Practices identified elsewhere on this website as firms with whom Bird & Bird has a co-operation agreement or other working arrangements are not part of Bird & Bird and our professional indemnity insurances do not cover their defaults.

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. 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. We expect anyone providing services to or seeking to win business from us, to have similar policies.

Anti-money laundering laws

We implement anti-money laundering (AML) policies which comply with the legal requirements of the jurisdictions in which we operate and which we apply globally across the Firm. We undertake AML due diligence to verify the identity of new clients and where required conduct background checks.  We periodically refresh our due diligence on existing clients.  Our AML polices require that suspicions of money laundering are reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with our legal obligations.  These obligations may override our duties of confidentiality to you.

Tax Evasion Statement & Tax Strategy

Bird & Bird is committed to conducting its business in compliance with all applicable tax law and practice, including the Criminal Finances Act 217. We recognise the importance of ensuring the business pays the right and proper amount of tax and understand that collecting and paying tax is an important contribution to the government authorities in the countries we operate.  We will not tolerate any of our partners, employees, agents or business partners knowingly assisting or encouraging tax fraud by any of the clients, suppliers or others that we do business with anywhere in the world. The firm has a policy, endorsed by its Board, requiring all staff and partners to fully comply with their tax obligations and to report any tax evasion. We have whistleblowing procedures in place to support reporting of tax evasion and other wrongdoing.   

Our Tax strategy, which is published in accordance with the Finance Act 2016, can be viewed here.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Bird & Bird has the benefit of professional indemnity insurance in excess of the minimum level required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and extends to acts or omissions wherever in the world they occur. The name and contact details of our primary insurers are Travelers Insurance Company Limited, Exchequer Court, 33 St. Mary Axe, London EC3A 8AG and QBE Insurance (Europe ) Limited, Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BD. In addition, we have insurance as required by the bar authority, or equivalent, in the other jurisdictions in which Bird & Bird practices. Details of such insurances may be obtained here.

Complaints

Bird & Bird is committed to providing the highest standards of service to its clients. We value each client and take pride in the service we provide.  If at any point you become concerned or unhappy about the service you have received please tell us about it immediately so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.  In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the partner responsible for handling your matter and we will do our best to resolve any issue at this stage.  Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your matter.

Any complaints about Bird & Bird, including complaints in relation to our fees and charges, should be addressed to the Joint Heads of Risk who are based in our London Office. A copy of our Complaints policy can be found here.

For complaints relating to our relationship with suppliers, including our payment of invoices, click here.