Privacy warning!

We are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to display a "digital badge", to prove that we are a genuine law firm.

Leaving aside the question as to whether this is actually effective in terms of achieving that outcome, the method for implementing the badge requires us to embed content from a third party site into our page.

This concerns us, for two reasons.

  • First, it means that the IP address of anyone who visits our site and loads the badge — you! — gets sent to this third party (and indeed to Google, since their script embeds Google Analytics, but without getting your consent). We don't think that someone getting a list of every possible client of a law firm is a good idea.
  • Second, it means that, if that third party gets compromised, and starts serving malware (e.g. coin mining scripts), there is the possibility of infecting any client or potential client who visits a law firm website.

There is neither a data processing agreement in place between us and either Google or the badge provider (if either is our processor), nor a joint controllership arrangement, if we are acting as joint controllers.

We are also particularly concerned that we have no control over what any third party might do with information received.

Our recommendation

Our strongest recommendation is that, if you are not comfortable with whether we are a law firm or not, you do not use us for your legal advice. You have to be able to trust your lawyers and we do not think that a "digital badge" is a sufficiently strong basis for informing such a decision, especially given how easy it is up to put up a fake badge. If you are hesitant, please, find a lawyer you do trust.

If you do want to look at our badge, then we'd recommend that you download TorBrowser, and click the link below over Tor. If you do, you will not share your actual IP address with the third party.

View our badge

If you are happy with these risks and appreciate that, by clicking this link, you will be sharing your IP address with at least one third party (and, currently, Google), feel free to view our actual digital badge by clicking here.