Legal and Regulatory Notices
“Joseph Hage Aaronson” is an international affiliation of legal practices consisting of Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP (England & Wales) and Joseph Hage Aaronson LLC (United States).
Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP (“JHA LLP”) is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered number OC382231. The LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of LLP members is available for inspection at the LLP’s registered address: 280 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EE, United Kingdom.
Joseph Hage Aaronson LLC (“JHA LLC”) is registered at 485 Lexington Avenue, 30th Floor, New York, United States.
Joseph Hage Aaronson does not provide legal services and all legal services are provided by JHA LLP and/or JHA LLC, each of which is a separate and distinct legal entity. For the avoidance of doubt, Joseph Hage Aaronson Limited (a private limited company registered in Jersey with registration number 113955) also does not provide any legal services and your contractual retainer or engagement will be with JHA LLP and/or JHA LLC if the terms of the engagement expressly so specify.
The use of the word “partner” in connection with the Joseph Hage Aaronson trading name denotes a member of JHA LLP (or any of its associated entities) or JHA LLC, or a consultant or employee with equivalent standing and qualifications. The use of the term “partner” should not be construed as meaning that any form of partnership exists between the two separate entities or between the different principals of the two entities.
Advice is given and services are supplied by JHA LLP (“we”, “us”, “our”) on the basis of our Terms of Business. All clients of JHA LLP agree to these terms and conditions, subject to any amendments which we have expressly agreed. No liability is accepted or responsibility assumed for advice given or services supplied to persons who are not expressly clients of JHA LLP.
We have set out below some additional information which we are obliged to provide to clients (as provided for in our standard Terms of Business at clause 18). If you are a client and would like to receive the current Terms of Business and/or any other information in hard copy, please contact your Client Relationship Partner.
JHA LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”). The SRA Handbook 2011 sets out our professional and ethical rules and obligations (including the SRA Code of Conduct and SRA Accounts Rules), and can be viewed at www.sra.org.uk. A number of our partners and staff are barristers, who have been called to the Bar of England & Wales and are also regulated by the Bar Standards Board (“BSB”). The BSB Handbook 2014 (including the BSB Code of Conduct) sets out further relevant professional and ethical rules and obligations in relation to these individuals, which can be viewed at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk.
We maintain professional indemnity insurance as required by the SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules and will name our qualifying layer underwriter upon request. Our insurance covers the professional services provided by JHA LLP worldwide. If you instruct JHA LLC (part of the Joseph Hage Aaronson international affiliation) the services they provide to you will be subject to separate cover.
If you wish to make a complaint concerning JHA LLP then in the first instance please contact the person with whom you are working or corresponding to set out your concerns. We will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage and will confirm our detailed complaints handling procedure in writing (which is available to clients at any time on request). If for any reason you are not satisfied with our attempt to handle and resolve your issue through our procedure, you can ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the matter further (you can contact the Ombudsman by writing to them at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ, or by an email to email@example.com, or by telephone 0300 555 0333). If you do wish to refer a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, it should be done within six months of our final response to your complaint and within six years of the act or omission that caused the complaint or, if outside this period, within three years of when you should reasonably have known about the relevant act or omission. The Ombudsman may refer your complaint to the SRA if they are not the correct body to consider the matter, as the Ombudsman’s services are only available for certain types of complaints and complainants. For full details, please visit: https://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/helping-the-public/make-a-complaint/ and https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/report-solicitor.page. Note also that if you are a client and have a complaint in relation to our invoices, you may also be entitled to apply to the court for an assessment of our invoices under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974.
JHA LLP is not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) to provide financial services. Therefore, we may refer you to someone who is authorised to provide necessary advice. However, we can provide certain limited services in relation to investments, provided they are closely linked with the legal services we are providing to our clients, as we are members of the Law Society of England and Wales, which is a designated professional body for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. We are included on the Exempt Professional Firms register maintained by the FCA so that we can carry on insurance distribution activities, which are broadly advising on, selling and the administration of insurance contracts. The register can be accessed via the FCA website.
JHA LLP is registered for Value Added Tax purposes with VAT number: 273860285.
If you have instructed JHA LLP as an individual to act for you in your personal capacity (not in any business or professional capacity), under the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, you have a fourteen day cooling-off period during which you may decide to cancel your contract with us. If you expect us to provide advice and services during that fourteen day period but also wish to cancel your contract during that period, you agree that you will be liable for any fees or expenses chargeable for legal advice and services incurred up to and including the date of cancellation. If you would like further information, including a template cancellation form, please contact us.
Pursuant to the SRA Accounts Rules, JHA LLP’s policy is to account to our clients for a sum in lieu of interest on a fair and reasonable basis. If the total amount of interest calculated over the course of a matter is less than £20 no payment in lieu of interest will be paid. Client monies will be deposited in a general client account (an instant access account in which amounts for different clients are pooled) unless we are instructed to create a separate designated account. In any event, it is unlikely that a client will receive as much interest as might have been obtained had the funds been invested by the client itself.
JHA LLP complies with its obligations under the SRA Handbook 2011 to collect, store and report on equality and diversity data relating to its staff and others at the Firm. If you wish to receive a copy of our anonymised Equality and Diversity information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website Terms and Conditions
The following are JHA LLP’s (“we”, “us”, “our”) Website Terms and Conditions.
We may need to revise these Terms and Conditions, and the below policies, in future. You should therefore review this page regularly to ensure that you are aware of any changes.
The contents of our websites, including all information and materials appearing within webpages and downloads, are of a general, informational nature. We have used reasonable endeavours to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the contents but the information does not constitute legal or professional advice and must not be relied on as such.
The mere use of our websites, including your use of our “Insights” blog cannot create a client/lawyer relationship between you and JHA LLP. If you require specific legal advice or representation, please contact us in order to establish a retainer (see below).
To the extent permitted by law, JHA LLP does not accept responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information contained in our website pages. JHA LLP will not be liable for any incidental, special or consequential damages, including damages for loss of business or other profits arising in relation to the information on our websites. To the same extent, JHA LLP also disclaims any liability for and does not accept responsibility for the material of any website referred to or accessed through our websites.
You may only access and download the contents of the pages on our websites, the copyright in which belongs to JHA LLP unless otherwise stated, on a temporary basis and for the sole purpose of viewing such information. You may not permanently republish, copy or reproduce any part of the contents of the pages on our websites without our prior written permission and in any event you must expressly and clearly identify and credit JHA LLP as the source of such content. Similarly, if you intend to hyperlink to any part of our website, you must first obtain our prior consent in writing.
JHA LLP is committed to ensuring that we act in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws when we collect and use information provided to us or information about visitors to our websites.
When you visit our websites, we may collect information you provide by completing forms on our websites or otherwise inputting or uploading your information. For example, we will ask for your email address if you wish to receive our newsletters or legal updates. We may also record details of visits made to our websites (e.g. your IP address and the resources accessed during your visit) using cookies (see JHA LLP’s Cookies Policy below for further details).
You have the right to ask us to access and amend the personal information we hold about you. Please contact us for further information (see below).
JHA LLP uses your information in order to improve our services and websites, and to provide you with information and services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you. We will not share your information with third parties outside of the international affiliation of Joseph Hage Aaronson without your consent, except:
- where we are required to by virtue of a legal, regulatory or professional obligation;
- in accordance with our Terms of Business where you are a client of JHA LLP; or
- where disclosed below in our Cookies Policy.
Whilst we do everything we reasonably can to keep your personal information secure, you accept that the transmission of personal information and other data via the internet is not completely secure. JHA LLP cannot guarantee the security of your information when it is in the process of being transmitted to or from our websites.
Cookies are small files that are stored on your PC or internet-enabled portable device by the websites you visit. They are used to make websites work and to improve their efficiency, as well as to provide website usage information to the website owner.
Other cookies may collect information about how you use our websites, and read the JHA LLP Insights blog, or our news and other publications; e.g. to show which pages are viewed by visitors most frequently. Such information is collected to improve how our websites work or to provide analytics on the readership of our publications.
If you have any questions or concerns about our websites or about these Legal and Regulatory Notices, or would like further information about your privacy rights, please email us at: email@example.com.