Knowledge Portal Terms of Use

Effective from:14 October 2021

1. Information about us

2. Users of the Knowledge Portal

3. Accessing the Knowledge Portal

4. Your access

5. Support

6. Intellectual property

7. No reliance on information

8. Privacy and marketing

9. Limitations of liability

10. Third party links

11. Governing law

12. Contact details

 

This document sets out the terms on which you (the “User”, “you”, “your”) may make use of Linklater’s Knowledge Portal (the “Knowledge Portal”).

Use of the Knowledge Portal means any use of: its content or sources and includes, accessing, browsing, printing and saving information and/or registering to use the Knowledge Portal. Please read these terms of use carefully before you use the Knowledge Portal. These terms of use are available to all Users at all times on our website. Before accessing and/or creating an account for the Knowledge Portal, you will be required to accept these terms of use. You will have the opportunity to view this document before accepting it. If you do not accept these terms of use, you are not authorised to use or continue using the Knowledge Portal or any part of it. We recommend that you print a copy of these terms for future reference.

Notwithstanding any other provision of these terms of use, we will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with any use of the Knowledge Portal which is inconsistent with these terms of use.

We may amend these terms of use at any time and will display any updated version on the Knowledge Portal. You will be required to read and accept the changes to continue to use the Knowledge Portal. 

1. Information about us

The Knowledge Portal has been commissioned by us Linklaters (“we”, “us”, “our” “Linklaters”).

Linklaters is the business name for an international legal practice carried on by Linklaters LLP, its affiliated firms and other entities carrying on business under or including the name Linklaters or under joint venture or collaboration arrangements in association with Linklaters LLP (together “Linklaters”). Accordingly references in these terms of use and on the Knowledge Portal to “Linklaters” mean Linklaters LLP and the other partnerships and affiliated firms or entities authorised to carry the name “Linklaters” or one or more of those affiliated firms or entities as the context requires.

Linklaters LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC326345. It is a law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The term partner in relation to Linklaters LLP is used to refer to a member of Linklaters LLP or an employee or consultant of Linklaters LLP or any of its affiliated firms or entities with equivalent standing and qualifications. A list of the names of the members of Linklaters LLP together with a list of those non-members who are designated as partners and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office, One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ, England or on www.linklaters.com and such persons are either solicitors or registered foreign lawyers.

Linklaters LLP is registered for VAT purposes with VAT registration number GB 918 4909 90.

If you have any comments or questions concerning these terms of use, please contact us by email at KnowledgePortalSupport@linklaters.com.

2. Users of the Knowledge Portal

The Knowledge Portal allows Users to access resources and information either produced by Linklaters or third parties regarding the services we provide. You can use the Knowledge Portal and any of its features that we may make available from time-to-time. 

The Knowledge Portal is made available to Users free of charge. All Users of the Knowledge Portal (whether or not you register an account with us) are provided with standard access as a minimum which allows you to browse and access designated  articles and resources. If you register an account with us, you will also receive access to our “Knowledge Plus” content. Our Knowledge Plus content offers a level of premium content and is only available to Users that register an account with us. If you are a current client or close contact of Linklaters you will receive access to our “Client Space” content, allowing such Users access to our top level premium content. Please note current clients and close contacts will need to be verified by us prior to obtaining “Client Space” access (this may take up to 72 hours from registration). 

3. Accessing the Knowledge Portal

Access to the Knowledge Portal is permitted on a temporary basis only and we may suspend, withdraw, or discontinue all or any part of the Knowledge Portal and/or the ability for you to access any account which you may have registered without notice. You may only access the Knowledge Portal at the level of access granted to you. 

We may provide you with temporary access to all or part of the Knowledge Portal. You may only use the Knowledge Portal for the duration of the access granted. 

4. Your access

If you are using the Knowledge Portal for the first time, you will be given the opportunity to create and then validate your account, although you do not have to create an account in order to access the Knowledge Portal.

We reserve the right to monitor your use of the Knowledge Portal and our associated infrastructure and services using user tracking and logging by various means (including cookies), and to permit law enforcers to monitor it (which we may permit them to do in real time or by accessing our logging records).

If we believe that you have not complied with these terms of use, we may:

  • refuse your further use of and/or access to the Knowledge Portal; and/or 
  • delete or disable your account (if applicable). 

If you/your organisation is no longer a client of Linklaters, we reserve the right to suspend and/or cancel your premium access to the Knowledge Portal. 

If you sign up for an account with the Knowledge Portal it is your responsibility to ensure that you frequently update and revise your password to ensure that your account is secure and to log out of your account at the end of each session. Your account details are personal to you and you must not share them with anyone else. If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your log in details, password and/or have accessed your account, please promptly notify us at knowledgeportalsupport@linklaters.com.

In accessing any part of the Knowledge Portal, you agree not to do so in any way which may violate any local law, rules or regulations.

5. Support

If you have any problems using the Knowledge Portal, you can contact us by email at KnowledgePortalSupport@linklaters.com. We will do our best to resolve your query, but we may not always be able to.

6. Intellectual property

Linklaters owns, or is licensed to use, all intellectual property rights in and to the Knowledge Portal, its content, sources, information, and all technical infrastructure relating to it (the “Materials”), together with the right for us to grant sub-licences to third parties. 

The contents of the Knowledge Portal are protected by copyright under international conventions. Users are permitted to read the contents and make copies for their own personal use. You may also give copies (in paper or electronic form) of reasonable extracts on an occasional basis free of charge to colleagues and clients for their personal use, on terms that (i) Linklaters is acknowledged as the source, (ii) the text is not altered in any way and (iii) the attention of recipients is drawn to this warning. All other use and copying of any of the contents of the Knowledge Portal is prohibited unless the prior written consent of Linklaters is obtained. Linklaters reserves the right at its absolute discretion to prohibit any link to materials or information on the Knowledge Portal. Where access to restricted parts of the Knowledge Portal is subject to more specific terms, those terms apply instead. Copying from websites of third parties is subject to any requirements applicable to those sites.

You are not permitted to reproduce, copy, distribute or exploit, in any way, the Materials for commercial gain.

"Linklaters" is a registered trade mark. We own, or are licensed to use, all trademarks, service marks and logos (the “Marks”) displayed on the Knowledge Portal. You are not permitted to use any of the Marks without our prior written consent. Under the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, portions of the Knowledge Portal may contain material constituting attorney advertising.  The following statement is made in accordance with those rules: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE A FUTURE OR SIMILAR OUTCOME.

7. No reliance on information

The information provided on the Knowledge Portal is for general information purposes only and does not claim to be comprehensive or provide legal or other advice. Articles and other publications on the Knowledge Portal are current as of their date of publication and do not necessarily reflect the present law or regulations. As a global law firm, we may also make content available to you that does not reflect the laws and regulations of your jurisdiction. Linklaters accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained on the Knowledge Portal. Linklaters is not responsible for the content of external internet sites that link to the Knowledge Portal or which are linked from it.

8. Privacy and marketing

We take your privacy seriously. Personal data you provide to us when using the Knowledge Portal and/or creating an account is processed in accordance with our Global Website Privacy Notice

Access to Knowledge Plus and/or Client Space enables you to personalise your Knowledge Portal experience by setting preferences on the legal and business topics, jurisdictions, sectors and content types relevant to you and your business. We use this information to set your personalised view each time you log on to the Knowledge Portal and to tailor the content we provide to you in any email alerts you choose to receive. You do not have to select any preferences, but if you choose not to, you will not receive email alerts or webinar invitations from us, and we will not be able to tailor the welcome page to show topics of interest to you.

You also have the option to choose the frequency at which you receive email alerts based on your content preferences. You can update your preferences, change how frequently we contact you by email through the Knowledge Portal, or opt out of emails from the Knowledge Portal, by visiting My Preferences. Alternatively, you can opt out of receiving communications from the Knowledge Portal, or from wider marketing communications from Linklaters (including Blog subscriptions), at any time. You can also update your contact details at any time.

We may also collect information on which topics and articles are of interest to you as you use the Knowledge Portal. We may use this information to identify and make suggestions and recommendations to you about our client services or content that may be of interest to you and to help us identify the success of our promotion campaigns. We collect this information using cookies; you can choose to opt out of analytics cookies at any time if you would prefer that we did not collect this information. See our Cookie Notice for further information on how we use cookies, including how to opt out of analytics cookies. 

For further information about how we use your personal information, including your right to access and correct that information, please see our Global Website Privacy Notice.

9. Limitations of liability

Whether you are a consumer or business user:

Nothing in these terms of use excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, or our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded by English Law.

Any information or other material contained in the Knowledge Portal are made available strictly on the basis that you accept it on an ‘as is’ basis. We do not warrant that the Knowledge Portal will meet any requirements which you may have or that it, and any content or features on it, will always be available, error free, virus free or uninterrupted, and we do not warrant that the reliability, accuracy and completeness of any Materials or information that have been uploaded to the Knowledge Portal.  You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform to access the Knowledge Portal. You should use your own virus protection software. Where you rely on any information or other material contained in the Knowledge Portal (whether uploaded by us or third parties, and including Materials and responses), you do so entirely at your own risk.

If you are a business user:

We exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to the Knowledge Portal or any content on it.

We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  • use of, or inability to use, the Knowledge Portal; or
  • use of or reliance on any content displayed on the Knowledge Portal.

In particular, we will not be liable for:

  • loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
  • business interruption;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
  • any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

If you are a consumer user:

Please note that we only provide the Knowledge Portal for domestic and private use. You agree not to use the Knowledge Portal for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

10. Third party links

Where the Knowledge Portal contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources and you are responsible for reading, taking account of and complying with the applicable third-party terms of use including data protection notices.

11. Governing law

The Knowledge Portal has been designed to comply with English law. 

If you are a consumer, please note that these terms of use, their subject matter and their formation, are governed by English law. You and we both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction except that if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are resident of Scotland, you may also bring proceedings in Scotland.

If you are a business, these terms of use, their subject matter and their formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. You and we both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

12. Contact details

Questions about these terms of use can be sent to us at KnowledgePortalSupport@linklaters.com or by mail at:

Linklaters
One Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8HQ