You may see a banner when you visit www.smithpartnership.co.uk inviting you to accept cookies or review your settings. If you opt in, we will set cookies so that your computer knows you have seen it and not to show it again, and to store your settings.
What are “cookies”?
Cookies are small text files that are used to store or retrieve information to perform certain functions and remember visits to a website.
There are 2 distinct types of cookies – session cookies and persistent cookies. A session cookie is only accessible while your browser is open and is deleted as soon as you navigate away from our website. A persistent cookie can remain on your computer for a pre-defined period of time, or until they are forcibly deleted. Other technologies including pixels, tags, web beacons or local storage also store and retrieve data on a device and are similar to cookies.
If you do not want to accept a cookie you can use your in-built browser or device settings to deny or accept individual or all cookies.
If you decide to disable cookies, we will record this information so we do not ask you again. Most of our site will continue to work as expected although functions that rely on cookies will be disabled which may impact on the functionality of our site. Functions that may be disabled include the use of our online forms.
We use a cookie to remember your cookie preferences, this has the following consequences:
- if you delete all your cookies you will have to tell us your preference again; and
- if you use a different device, computer profile or browser you will have to tell us your preference again.
- If you ignore the pop-up our site will continue to set cookies as necessary.
Different web browsers may use different methods for managing cookies. Please follow the instructions below, from the web browser manufacturers directly, to configure your browser settings*.
*These links are to third party sites, over which we have no control – no liability can be claimed if they are inaccurate.
Strictly necessary cookies
These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
These are used to recognise you when you return to our website and to remember settings to help improve your visit.
These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. These are linked to services provided by third parties, such as ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons. The third party often provides these services in return for recognising that you have visited our website.
Strictly necessary cookies
Third party cookies
Our site also includes embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles through a number of popular social networks, for example, Facebook or Twitter. These websites may set a cookie if you click through. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third-party website for more information about these.
A list of third-party cookies is as follows (Please note we are not responsible for the content hosted on third party sites listed below).
Performance - Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics) to collect anonymised information about how you use www.smithpartnership.co.uk. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements to the site.
We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site.
Google Analytics stores information about:
- how you got to the site
- the pages you visit on www.smithpartnership.co.uk and how long you spend on them
- what you click on while you are visiting the site
Google Analytics sets the following cookies.
|_ga||This cookie is used with Google Universal Analytics. This cookie allows Google to track unique users via a client identifier that is randomly generated.||2 years from set/update|
|_gat||Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.||10 minutes from set/update|
|_gid||These help us count how many people visit www.smithpartnership.co.uk by tracking if you’ve visited before||24 hours|
More information about Google Analytics cookies.
Using Google Ads code we are able to see which pages helped lead to contact form submissions. This allows us to make better use of our paid search budget.
When people interact with our ads (by clicking a text ad or viewing a video ad), Google Ads stores cookies that contain information about the interaction. When someone converts on our website, the conversion tracking tag that was installed reads this cookie and sends it back to Google Ads with the conversion information.
We use remarketing codes to log when users view specific pages, allowing us to provide targeted advertising in the future.
We use DoubleClick (owned by Google) as a platform for buying advertising displayed on external online media. DoubleClick automates the ad buying process and secures ad space based on criteria specified by us. This means that Smith Partnership Solicitors UK's external advertising will be personalised and thus be more engaging to the viewer. For example, advertisements about a topic in which the viewer has expressed an interest while browsing on www.smithpartnership.co.uk. may be displayed in advertising to the viewer across the web.
The DoubleClick cookies are placed on visitors’ devices when a visitor arrives on a Smith Partnership Solicitors UK page where there is DoubleClick or content such as Google Ads, which may set cookies on behalf of DoubleClick. Data generated by DoubleClick is sent to Google, and Smith Partnership Solicitors UK is not in control of this data. Google can use this data to show relevant advertising to the viewer across the web. Smith Partnership Solicitors UK does not allow external advertising on its own websites.
Examples of doubleclick.net cookies are NID, PREF, __ar_v4 and ID.