Website terms of use

Your use of the websites or, the documents, files and other information available through it is subject to the following terms and conditions, as amended by us from time to time.

Please read these terms of use carefully before you start to use the sites. By using our sites, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please do not use our sites.


The content on our sites is for general information only and should not be regarded as an exhaustive analysis of the law. It is provided free of charge, does not constitute legal advice and must not be relied upon as such to make any decisions. For that reason, users should seek specific legal advice about any matter which concerns them.

Who we are

Shoosmiths and Swiitch are trading names of Shoosmiths LLP, Shoosmiths (Northern Ireland) LLP, and Shoosmiths Europe LLP, as applicable.

Shoosmiths LLP (Shoosmiths) is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered company number OC374987 and its registered office is at 100 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 1FH. 

Shoosmiths Northern Ireland LLP (Shoosmiths NI) is a limited liability partnership registered in Northern Ireland with registered company number NC001384 and its registered office is at 2-14 East Bridge Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 3NQ. 

Shoosmiths Europe LLP (Shoosmiths Europe) is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered company number OC440739 and its registered office is at 100 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 1FH.

Reference to "Shoosmiths", "we", "our" or "us" below, unless mentioned otherwise, is referring to Shoosmiths LLP and / or its affiliated undertakings.

Accessing our site

Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on our sites without notice. We will not be liable if for any reason our sites are unavailable for any time or for any period.

Every so often, we may restrict access to some parts of our sites, or our entire sites, to users who have registered with us.

We cannot guarantee that our sites will operate in accordance with your expectations or will be error free. If you are aware of any error on our sites please contact us by email at general[email protected] and we will try to correct it.

We make no claims that any material contained on our sites can be lawfully viewed or downloaded outside of the United Kingdom. Access to materials may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you are accessing our sites from outside the United Kingdom, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with laws in your jurisdiction.

Reliance on information posted

Whilst we try to ensure that content on our sites is accurate at the date of publication, no warranties or representations are given as to its accuracy, completeness, reliability, suitability or quality. Content may subsequently be superseded and we give no guarantees that contents will be updated after the date of publication. As such, we accept no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, reliability, suitability or quality of any content on our sites and to the fullest extent permissible by law.

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We exclude all liability for any loss or damage caused by using or relying upon the content appearing on our sites. In particular, we will not be liable to you or any third party for any consequential loss or damage including any financial loss, loss of profit, revenue or business.

Intellectual property

All intellectual property on or in our sites, including content, images, designs, trademarks, brand names, logos and software (“Our Content”) is owned by us or our licensors and is protected by UK and international copyright, database rights, design rights and other intellectual property laws.

Save to the extent expressly permitted by applicable laws or in writing by us, you are not in any circumstances permitted to:

  • copy, adapt, vary, edit, modify, download, distribute, translate, decipher, de-compile, transpose, interfere with or permanently store, in whole or part, any of our Content;
  • make commercial use of Our Content without obtaining a licence form us or our licensors;
  • photograph or record as or convert into video or audio, all or any part of our Content; or
  • remove, obscure or otherwise tamper with any copyright and proprietary notices that relate to or are contained within Our Content.

You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our sites (other than documents, files or other information contained in the restricted areas which are subject to the terms set out in the Restricted Areas section) for your personal non-commercial use and you may draw the attention of others to material posted on our sites.

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from the accompanying text.

If you breach the above terms of use of our Content, your right to use our sites will cease immediately and you must at our option, return or destroy any copies of Our Content you have made.

Viruses, hacking and other offences

It is our policy to virus check documents and files before they are posted on our sites. However, we cannot guarantee that documents or files downloaded from our sites will be free from viruses. Accordingly, for your own protection, you must use virus-checking software when using our sites. You must not post or provide to us via our sites, any document or file which you believe may contain a virus. You must virus check any document or file which you intend to post or provide to us via our sites.

You must not misuse our sites by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our sites, the server on which our sites are stored or any service, computer or database on our sites.

By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such breach your right to use our sites will cease immediately.

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We exclude to the fullest extent permitted by law, all liability (save in respect of death or personal injury caused by negligence and for fraud) in connection with (a) any damage or loss caused by errors, computer viruses, other malicious code or harmful components originating or contracted from our sites and (b) any interruptions in your access to our sites.

Acceptable use

You may only use our sites for lawful purposes. You warrant that any document, file or other information that you intend to post to our sites or provide to us via our sites does not contravene any applicable laws or contravene any person's legal rights and you warrant that you will not post or upload anything indecent, obscene, abusive, libellous or defamatory. We do not monitor or edit documents or files posted or provided to us by other persons for posting on our sites and accordingly we do not accept any responsibility for their content or for any damage or loss you may suffer. You hereby acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for the form, content and accuracy of any documents or files that you post on our sites. We reserve the right to remove material from our sites that infringes these rules.

Links from our sites

If you decide to access any third party websites linked to our sites, you do this entirely at your own risk. We provide these links as a convenience and the inclusion of such links does not imply that we endorse or accept any responsibility for the content or use of such web sites. You may be subject to the terms of use applicable to such third party sites. Please see our Cookies & website privacy notice for further details.

Linking to our site

All electronic links to any part of this site requires our permission. Please email requests to [email protected]. Where consent is not obtained we reserve the right to remove any link at any time.

If you would like to link to our sites, you may only do so on the basis that you link to, but do not replicate, the sites, and subject to the following conditions:

(a) you do not remove, distort or otherwise alter the size or appearance of any logo.
(b) you do not create a frame or any other browser or border environment around the sites;
(c) you do not in any way imply that we are  endorsing any products or services, other than its own;
(d) you do not misrepresent your relationship with user present any other false information about us;
(e) you do not  use any trade marks displayed on our sites without express written permission from [email protected];
(f) you do not link from a website that is not owned by you; and
(g) your website does not contain content that is distasteful, offensive or controversial, infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or otherwise does not comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

We expressly reserve the right to revoke the linking permission without notice for breach of these terms and to take any action deemed appropriate.

You shall fully indemnify for any loss or damage suffered by us for breach of the right to link to the sites.

General provisions

We reserve the right to vary or amend these terms and conditions from time to time. Any changes shall take effect upon posting to our sites.

Any dispute arising between you and us in relation to  our sites shall be governed by the applicable law and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the applicable courts for the purposes of any such dispute.

If any of these terms and conditions is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, that shall not affect:

(a) the legality, validity or enforceability in that jurisdiction of any other term or condition which shall continue to have full force and effect; or
(b) the legality, validity or enforceability in other jurisdictions of that or any other term or condition which shall continue to have full force and effect.

A person who is not a party to these terms and conditions may not enforce any of its terms under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

No waiver of any of these terms and conditions shall be valid unless confirmed in writing by us.

If you are accessing our sites in the course of business, the express provisions of these terms are in place of all warranties, conditions, terms, undertakings and obligations implied by statute, common law, custom, trade usage, course of dealing or otherwise, all of which are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Contact us

If you have a question regarding these Terms and Conditions, please email [email protected]

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