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Bird & Bird
Bird & Bird is the business name for an international legal practice carried on by Bird & Bird LLP, its affiliated and associated businesses and entities (together “Bird & Bird”). For details of Bird & Bird LLP and its affiliated or associated businesses and entities, our members and regulatory information, please see below.
Definitions and interpretation
Certain words as used in the Legal Notices and elsewhere on this website, in emails and in other materials are to have the meanings assigned here. These include Bird & Bird, the firm, we, our, group and partner. That page also contains other guides to interpretation.
Bird & Bird LLP
Bird & Bird LLP is a limited liability partnership, registered in England and Wales with registered number OC340318. Its registered office and principal place of business is at 15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP, United Kingdom.
Bird & Bird converted to a limited liability partnership (LLP) on 29 November 2008. Our office in Spain became its own separate limited liability partnership. Our office in France became an association d'avocats à responsabilité professionnelle individuelle (AARPI) on 1 December 2008. For more detail of these changes please click here.
A list of members of Bird & Bird LLP, Bird & Bird (MEA) LLP and Bird & Bird (Spain) LLP and of any non-members who are designated as partners, and of their respective professional qualifications, is open to inspection at our London office address and can also be found here. All such persons are solicitors of England and Wales, exempt European lawyers, registered European lawyers, registered foreign lawyers, patent attorneys or tax advisers.
Contacting Bird & Bird
Contact information for Bird & Bird, including office addresses, can be found on this site under Offices.
Contact information for Bird & Bird lawyers, including email addresses, can be found on this site under Lawyers. Not all persons listed as Lawyers are partners. Furthermore, not all persons so listed are qualified as Lawyers; some have an alternative professional qualification, such as patent attorney or tax adviser. Where this is the case it is stated.
Regulatory and other information concerning Bird & Bird’s offices
Bird & Bird LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
As an international legal practice Bird & Bird is represented around the world by either Bird & Bird LLP, including its branches, or businesses or entities affiliated or associated with Bird & Bird LLP or included in its latest publicly available consolidated audited accounts.
With lawyers, patent attorneys and tax advisers drawn from a variety of jurisdictions, Bird & Bird and it's partners, consultants and employees are subject to professional regulations applicable in the jurisdictions in which Bird & Bird practices and, if different, the jurisdictions in which individual lawyers, patent attorneys and tax advisers are admitted to practice. Certain offices of Bird & Bird are regulated in some respects by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as so- called "overseas practice."
Please note that our lawyers do not seek to practice law in any jurisdiction in which they are not properly authorised to do so.
The countries of operation, professional titles and regulatory position around the world are set out in the pages linked below:
The list will be updated from time to time.
Risk & Compliance
The Solicitors Regulation Authority ("SRA") is transforming its approach to regulation. On 6 October 2011 the SRA introduced outcomes-focused regulation ("OFR") focusing on the high level principles and outcomes that should drive the provision of services for clients. The SRA introduced its new Code of Conduct, as part of a "Handbook" covering all aspects of law firm regulation. This applies to firms in England and Wales and their overseas branches.
OFR is a new approach to regulation which involves the SRA assessing whether a firm is acting in an ethical and principled manner, and securing the outcomes or results to which the firm's clients are entitled. The SRA is promising a collaborative and less confrontational relationship with those it regulates. Meanwhile, it is also promising to apply OFR in a proportionate, transparent and consistent way.
Under the new requirements, firms have to demonstrate effective systems and controls to identify, manage and mitigate risks to their ability to meet the SRA's new requirements, although the SRA does not expect firms to be fully compliant with the need for new systems and controls immediately.
Bird & Bird has been positively engaging with the SRA in relation to development and implementation of OFR over recent years. The firm’s policies and procedures concerning risk and compliance are being reviewed and updated in line with the SRA’s new regulatory requirements.
Compliance officers for legal practice (COLP) and for finance and administration (client money compliance) (COFA) were appointed, with the approval of the SRA, on 1 January 2013. The COLP and COFA will have responsibilities to the SRA to take all reasonable steps to ensure compliance and also have specific responsibilities in regard to the confidential recording and reporting of failures in compliance breaches. Responsibility to the SRA for compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements rests generally with the firm and its partners; this remains the case even following the appointments of the COLP and COFA. The COLP and COFA do not assume any duties directly to clients or other third parties in respect of their roles.
For more information on OFR, and COLP and COFA, see http://www.sra.org.uk/handbook/.
If you have any questions or feedback concerning risk and compliance at Bird & Bird you may contact Roger Butterworth, General Counsel, who is also the COLP,
who may be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. Paul Colvin FCA, Chief Financial Officer, is also the COFA.
Except where specific safeguards are appropriate, client information and documents are potentially shared among Bird & Bird entities in strict compliance with internal control policies and legal requirements and, in particular, client information and documents in electronic form are stored in a document management system to which all Bird & Bird entities may have access.
If you as a client have queries or concerns about the conduct of a matter or about our invoice, you should raise these in the first instance with the partner responsible for the matter or the client relationship partner. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our service you may wish to contact someone unconnected with the file. The Complaints Officer for Bird & Bird, London is currently Allan Sanderson, who may be contacted on email@example.com. For other offices complaints may be addressed initially to the managing partner at the address specified under Office Locations in their web site.
It is the role of the Complaints Officer to investigate the conduct of a matter or our invoice and to notify you of the action taken.
Special arrangements apply to complaints concerning the services of our London office. For details see the page linked under United Kingdom in the list above.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
In accordance with the disclosure requirements of the European Framework Services Directive 2006, and as implemented by local law, please note that Bird & Bird has the benefit of professional indemnity insurance in excess of the minimum level required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and extends to acts or omissions wherever in the world they occur. The name and contact details of our primary insurer are Travelers Insurance Company Limited, Exchequer Court, 33 St. Mary Axe, London EC3A 8AG. In addition, we have insurance as required by the bar authority, or equivalent, in every other jurisdiction in which Bird & Bird practices. Details of such insurances, comprising the name of the relevant or primary insurer(s), their contact details, territorial coverage and the policy number(s), may be obtained by clients, or prospective clients, on request by asking the partner with whom you are dealing or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and, if e-mailing, please give sufficient information to identify yourself or your organisation, the country to which your enquiry relates and the partner or other lawyer with whom you are otherwise dealing, and give your own contact information.
The money laundering reporting officer for Bird & Bird LLP, London office is currently Allan Sanderson. To contact Allan Sanderson either e-mail him direct or email email@example.com.
Anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws
We have anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies and procedures which apply to all our partners and employees worldwide. These policies prohibit the making, offering or promising to make a payment or transfer anything of value, including the provision of any service, gift or entertainment, on our behalf, by all such partners and employees, for any improper purpose or business advantage. These policies apply to dealings by our partners and employees with all third parties on our behalf. They specifically prohibit such dealings with government personnel and other officials for the purpose of improperly obtaining or retaining business or for any other improper purpose or business advantage. We expect anyone providing services to or seeking to win business from us, to have similar policies.
The anti-bribery officer for Bird & Bird LLP, London office is currently Allan Sanderson. To contact Allan Sanderson either e-mail him direct or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or feedback concerning the content of the Regulatory Information section of this website please e-mail email@example.com, except where a specific contact e-mail address is specified.
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