Terms of use

By using this website (the “Website”) you confirm that you have read the terms and conditions below (the “Terms”) and that you agree to them.  These Terms and your use of the Website are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.  If you do not agree to these Terms you are not authorised to use the Website.  Watkins and Gunn (“Watkins and Gunn”) reserves the right to change these Terms at its discretion without prior notice.  Any changes to the Terms shall apply from the time of their appearance on this page.

The Terms below should be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy (found here), which is also deemed to be included within the Terms.

If any provision in these Terms is held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, then such provision or part of it shall, to the extent that it is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, be deemed not to form part of these Terms and the legality, validity and enforceability of the remainder of these Terms shall not be affected.

Legal information

Watkins and Gunn is a partnership authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA No. 60370). All references on this website to "Watkins and Gunn", "the firm", "we", "us" or "our" should be read as referring to Watkins and Gunn.

A list of the partners of Watkins and Gunn is available for inspection at our offices.  All of the partners of Watkins and Gunn are solicitors of England and Wales.

Correspondence from our partners or staff using a Watkins and Gunn letterhead or email address is written for and on behalf of Watkins and Gunn, save that statements in such correspondence that do not relate to our business are neither given nor endorsed by Watkins and Gunn.

Watkins and Gunn is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and has SRA number 60370.  A copy of the SRA’s rules can be accessed at www.sra.org.uk/rules and we can be contacted at Watkins and Gunn Solicitors, Glantorfaen House, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, Torfaen. NP4 6XY or 01495 762244.

Watkins and Gunn is not authorised by the Financial Services Authority.  However, we are included on the register maintained by the Financial Services Authority so that we can carry on insurance mediation activity, which is broadly advising on, selling and the administration of insurance contracts.  This part of our business, including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong, is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  The register can be accessed via the Financial Services Authority website at www.fsa.gov.uk.

The Law Society is our designated professional body for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Responsibility for regulation and complaints is handled independently by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Legal Complaints Service.

If you have any problem with the service we have provided for you then please let us know in accordance with our client care and complaints procedure. A copy of our written complaints procedure is available on request. If for any reason we are unable to resolve the problem between us, further complaints and redress mechanisms are provided through the SRA as stated above.

Watkins and Gunn maintains professional indemnity insurance in accordance with the rules of the SRA. Details of the insurers and the territorial coverage of the policy are available for inspection at our offices.

Watkins and Gunn is registered for VAT purposes with registration number 134778838.

We do not accept service of proceedings by email or fax.

Website Content

Any information about Watkins and Gunn’s products and services, opinions or guidance provided or expressed on the Website is for general information only, does not take account of any individual circumstances and may not reflect recent changes in the law.  The information, opinions and guidance on the Website refer only to the law of England and Wales and are intended only for residents of England and Wales.  Users should be aware that laws and regulations may be different outside England and Wales. The information, opinions and guidance on the Website are not intended to replace or serve as a substitute for any legal or other professional advice, consultation or service.

Detailed specialist advice should always be obtained from a suitably qualified lawyer before taking, or not taking, any action.

Disclaimers and exclusions of liability

Although (except in the case of blogs, published articles and similar) care is taken to ensure that the information, opinions and guidance on the Website is accurate and up to date, Watkins and Gunn does not accept any responsibility for mistakes or omissions.  Watkins and Gunn enters into no express or implied conditions, warranties, terms or representations regarding the quality, accuracy or completeness of the information, opinions and guidance on the Website and no statement included on the Website may be relied upon as a warranty or representation concerning the products or services which Watkins and Gunn provides.  Watkins and Gunn excludes to the extent lawfully permitted all liability for loss or damage, whether direct, indirect or consequential (including, without limitation, lost profits, lost opportunity, lost business, loss of goodwill, loss of contracts, unforeseeable loss, increased overheads or administrative expenses or management time) arising out of your use of or inability to use the Website, or from any information, opinion or guidance, or omission, contained in the Website.

While Watkins and Gunn tries to ensure that the Website is available 24 hours a day, Watkins and Gunn cannot guarantee this and will not be liable if for any reason the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period.  Access to the Website may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair, for reasons beyond Watkins and Gunn’s control or any other reason considered by us to be appropriate in the circumstances.  Watkins and Gunn shall have no liability in respect of any such suspension.

Except where specifically stated in respect of online products or services, nothing on the Website constitutes an offer of any kind to provide legal or other professional advice.  By using the Website you confirm that you will not rely on the content of the Website in any of these ways. Any product or service provided by us will be subject to separate terms and conditions, usually in the form of our engagement letter and associated terms.  For the avoidance of doubt, any request by you for our services made on, or by means of the Gateway 2 Law website shall not be binding on us unless and until an engagement letter and our terms of business have been signed by both you and us.

The Website may contain links to other websites not operated or controlled by Watkins and Gunn.  If you use these links, you will leave the Website.  These links are provided for convenience only and do not constitute any endorsement by Watkins and Gunn of the organisation promoted on the linked websites, or their products or services.  Watkins and Gunn does not have any control over such linked websites or the content of them and cannot accept any responsibility for them.

Please note that although reasonable care is taken to ensure that the Website and the materials available from it are virus-free, Watkins and Gunn cannot accept responsibility for any viruses which may affect or derive from any material you access or download on or from the Website.

You may not misuse the Website (including, without limitation, by hacking, attempting to gain unauthorised access to the Website or any server on which the Website is stored, or by knowingly introducing viruses, Trojan horses, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful).  You may not attack the Website via a denial of service attack or a distributed denial of service attack.  By breaching this provision you may commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.  Watkins and Gunn may report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.  In the event of such a breach, your right to use the Website will cease immediately.

Watkins and Gunn will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial of service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect or affect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other material due to your use of the Website.

Intellectual property

The intellectual property rights (including, without limitation, copyright and trade marks) in all material on the Website (including, without limitation, text, images, photos, designs, logos, PDF documents, software and plans) (“Website Content”) are owned by Watkins and Gunn or any licensors of any part of the Website Content (“Licensors”).  You agree that you shall not infringe the intellectual property rights of Watkins and Gunn or any of the Licensors.  Your use of the Website Content is limited as set out below.

Except where otherwise stated, you are permitted to display the pages of the Website on your computer screen and print a reasonable number of unmodified copies of any of the pages of the Website for your own, non-commercial use.  You may not change or delete any author attribution, trade mark, legend or copyright notice, and by printing or displaying the Website you do not acquire any rights in it.

Except as expressly permitted under copyright law, any other copying, modification, reproduction, permanent storage, repackaging, distribution, transmission or commercial exploitation of any part of the Website Content by any means without the prior written consent of Watkins and Gunn is prohibited. This applies to any part of the Website Content including the visual content of the Website and the source code.  You may create links to the Website (provided that, unless we have expressly agreed otherwise in writing, such link does not claim or imply any association with Watkins and Gunn) but must not frame the Website on any other site nor may you create a link to any part of the Website other than the home page without prior written consent.

“Watkins and Gunn” and “Gateway 2 Law” are trade marks of Watkins and Gunn.  You are not permitted to use these trade marks except as set out above or as permitted by law.

Information Security and Data Protection

Please remember that internet communications are not secure unless the data being sent is encrypted. We cannot accept any responsibility for the unauthorised access by a third party and/or the corruption of data being sent by individuals to us.

If you or others on your behalf give us any personal data about another person, you take full responsibility for complying with any relevant data protection laws which apply to the provision of that information to us.

By submitting any personal information to us on this Website, you specifically confirm that you have read, understood and agreed to our obtaining, processing and disclosing personal and financial information relating to you solely for the purposes detailed in and otherwise in accordance with our Privacy Policy (found here) and in these Terms.