Privacy and Cookies


Click here to see the Law Society's privacy policy.


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.

Complete information about the cookies that may be set when you visit our website can be found below. A link to this page appears on all pages of our website.

Cookies set by

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

More details of the Law Society Cookie policy can be found here

Cookie namePurposeDuration
ASP.NET_SessionId Unique identifier for sessions, identifies a user's session. When you close your browser
ASPXAUTH Created when a user successfully logs into the site and destroyed on logout. The presence of this cookie indicates the user is logged in. This cookie is encrypted and contains some user specific information such as their user id. 1 month
Used to authenticate user when they log in to the site. When you closed your browser
AgentCookie Created when a user successfully logs in. This cookie is used to uniquely identify the user's browser and device. It does not collect any personal information.When you close your browser
polling A cookie is created whenever a user votes on a poll, to stop them being allowed to vote multiple times 1 month
AnonUserCookieUsed in validation of surveys to store the last action performed. When you close your browser

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 three broad groups: web analytics, surveys and advertising.

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.

ServiceCookie nameDuration
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 occasionally run surveys on our website. The surveys are hosted by SurveyMonkey, which sets cookies to help it track your answers to the survey and also to make sure you're not bothered again with a request to complete a survey if you've already seen it.

We do not control the use of the these third-party cookies, and you should check SurveyMonkey's privacy policy if you have concerns. 

ServiceCookie nameDuration
research.netP_37608609When you close your browser
research.netep201 12 months
research.netep20212 months mbox 30 minutes


We serve advertising on some or all pages of this website. The software we use to serve ads places a cookie on your computer which allows us to control the number of times an ad can be served to the same computer. We do not use this feature of our ad server, and do not collect personal information about you, or the ads that you have seen.

ServiceCookie nameDuration test_cookie When you close your browser
doubleclick.com__gads 730 days

Sharing buttons and social media

The Gazette website allows you to share articles, and also to engage with us via our social media channels. The software we use - ShareThis - sets cookies on your computer.

We do not control the use of these cookies, and you can find out more on ShareThis.

Service Cookie name Duration
Linked In bcookie

2 years
When you close your browser

Twitter pid 2 years
Google SID 2 years
AddThis __atuvc 2 years

uuid2, sess, Bt, Dl, loc, psc, uld, ult, uvc, xtc, sess, uuld2

Up to 2 years