Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting your privacy.

This online Privacy Policy describes the ways in which we collect information from you when you use this website, and what we may use it for.

If you have any questions or need further information about our privacy practices, please contact us at or Allen & Overy LLP at One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD, United Kingdom.

What Data do we Collect from you?

We may collect data from you (User Data) in various ways:

  • when you provide information following on from any contact you have made with us through this website (including without limitation to any job applications);
  • by our use of cookies (see below);
  • during the course of your use of this website (including, without limitation, all material you send or upload to this website or to an email address given on this website; and
  • when we request further information from you from time to time following on from any contact you have made with us through this website.

User Data will inevitably comprise personal data about you and may include sensitive personal data. Personal data is information which relates to you and allows you to be identified from that data (or from a combination of those data and other information in our possession). Sensitive personal data is information about or which reveals your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious, philosophical or similar beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life, commission of criminal offences and/or involvement in criminal proceedings.  This Privacy Policy describes how we fulfill our obligations under applicable data protection laws. This Privacy Policy is in accordance with the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and the respective national Data Protection Acts implementing the Directive.

Use of Cookies

A cookie is a tiny element of data that a website can send to your computer's browser so that this computer will be recognized by the site on your return. Cookies allow our web server (or those of our third party suppliers of technology services) (the servers) to recognize your computer on connection to our website, which in turn allows the servers to make downloading of pages faster than on first viewing. In addition, cookies may also be used by us to establish statistics about the use of this website by Internet users by gathering and analyzing data such as: most visited pages, time spent by users on each page, site performance, etc. By collecting and using such data, we hope to improve the quality of the site.

The data collected by the servers and/or through cookies that may be placed on your computer will not be kept for longer than is necessary to fulfill the purposes mentioned above. In any event, such information may not be kept for longer than one year.

Navigation data about site viewers is automatically collected by the servers. If you do not wish to have this navigation data collected, we recommend that you do not use this website.

You can also set your browser to block the recording of cookies on your hard drive to minimize the amount of data that may be collected about your navigating on this site. The browser on your computer can be set to notify you when a cookie is being recorded on your computer's hard drive. Most browsers can also be set to keep cookies from being recorded on your computer. However, for optimal use of this website, we recommend that you do not block the recording of cookies on your computer.

All Allen & Overy servers and computer systems are protected from outside intrusions. As a result, all data that may be collected about site viewers through the use of cookies will be protected from unauthorized access.

Cookies used on this site are only active for the duration of your visit.   Cookies used on this site are not stored on your computer once you have closed your web browser.  Information generated by the use of cookies may be compiled into an aggregate form so that no individual can be identified.

We may at some stage use cookies to identify users when they visit this website to use personalized services. In such circumstances these cookies may be kept on the hard drive of your computer following closure of the web browser. Cookies used in connection with such services enable us to build up a profile of our users and to develop personalized versions of this website.

For more information about cookies, please see the Information Commissioner's website home page or the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

You may choose to not receive a cookie file by enabling your web browser to refuse cookies. The procedure for refusal of cookies may vary for different software products. Please check with your internet browser software help or your software supplier if you wish to refuse cookies.

Privacy of Electronic Communications

Although we welcome your queries, please note that any electronic communication through this website between you and us (or any of our lawyers, other employees or agents) may not be secure and, unless you are already a client, will not be treated as privileged or confidential.   For this reason, please do not send us any email that contains confidential or sensitive information.

Our use of User Data

We will use User Data we collect from you only for the following purposes:

  1. To provide this website to you

    We will use User Data to provide and improve this website to enable us to deal with any queries you have about this website and to notify you of any changes to this website.

  2. To include User Data in anonymous statistics

    We may provide anonymous statistics about our users and related usage information to reputable third parties, but these statistics will not enable any third party to identify individuals or individual businesses.

  3. To provide you with information you have requested

    We will use User Data to provide you with information about seminars or events for which you have registered and other information, brochures and updates you have requested through this website.  We will also use User Data to answer any queries your submit through this website.

  4. To consider any recruitment application or curriculum vitae you submit through this website

    If you submit User Data (including personal data and sensitive personal data) to us by applying for a post advertised at Allen & Overy, we will process such User Data solely for the purposes of considering applications and recruitment. Such User Data will not be used for marketing purposes.  Marketing materials will only be sent to you in accordance with paragraph 3 above.

    Further terms relating to recruitment can be found in the paragraph entitled Recruitment in the Legal Notices.

  5. If Allen & Overy re-organizes or transfers its business, ceases to trade or becomes insolvent

    Allen & Overy may at some stage re-organize or transfer all or part of its business.  This may result in the transfer of your data to new entities (which will be subsidiaries or affiliates of Allen & Overy) or third parties through which the whole or part of the business of Allen & Overy will be carried out.

    If Allen & Overy ceases to trade, or becomes insolvent, enters into receivership or any similar or equivalent event occurs, those acting on behalf of Allen & Overy may sell the business or parts of it to a third party, in fulfillment of legal or business requirements.   This may result in the transfer of your data to a third party through which the business or parts of it will be carried out.

    In circumstances where the business of Allen & Overy or parts of it are transferred to a third party as described above, we shall use reasonable endeavors to contact you in advance of us disclosing your data to that third party, but you acknowledge that this might not be technically or commercially feasible in all the circumstances.

  6. Consent

    By continuing to use this website and by providing any personal data (including sensitive personal data) to us via this website or email addresses provided on this website, you are consenting to our use of your personal data as set out in this Privacy Policy.  Please do not send us any personal data if you do not want that information to be used by us in this manner.

Transfer of User Data outside the User Jurisdiction

The Internet is a global environment. In order to provide this website we may need to transfer User Data to locations outside the jurisdiction in which you are viewing this website (the User Jurisdiction) and process User Data outside the User Jurisdiction.  If the User Jurisdiction is within the European Economic Area (the EEA) please note that such transfers and processing of User Data may be in locations outside the EEA. Any data sent or uploaded by you may be accessible in jurisdictions outside the User Jurisdiction (including outside the EEA). The level of data protection offered in such jurisdictions may be less than that offered within the User Jurisdiction or (as the case may be) within the EEA.

User Data may be controlled and processed by any of Allen & Overy's offices, some of which are outside the EEA.  The location of our offices may change from time to time and Allen & Overy may acquire offices in any number of countries or territories at any time, any one or more of which may act as controllers of and/or process User Data.  For more information about the locations of Allen & Overy's offices, please see

By continuing to use this website and by providing any personal data (including sensitive personal data) to us via this website or email addresses provided on this website, you are consenting to such transfers, provided that they are in accordance with the purposes set out above and elsewhere in the Legal Notices. Please do not send us any personal data if you do not consent to the transfer of this information to locations outside the User Jurisdiction (including, if applicable, outside the EEA).

Legal Requirements
While it is unlikely, we may be required to disclose your User Data by a court order or to comply with other legal or regulatory requirements. We will use reasonable endeavors to notify you before we do so, unless we are legally restricted from doing so.

We do not Sell or Exploit User Data Commercially through Third Parties

We will not sell, rent, distribute or otherwise make User Data commercially available to any third party, except as described above, or except with your prior permission.

Access to and Correction of User Data

You are entitled to a copy of your User Data and to have them rectified or deleted as required by applicable data protection legislation. For more information please send an email to

Changes to the Policy

This Privacy Policy and/or the other Legal Notices may be amended by us at any time. Please check this website periodically to inform yourself of any changes.

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