Cookie Policy

The Maclay Murray & Spens LLP ("MMS") website (www.mms.co.uk) makes use of cookies to allow it to perform certain functions and generally to work in as user-friendly and efficient a manner as possible. We have written this cookies policy to inform you about how we use cookies on the MMS website.

This cookies policy works in tandem with our Privacy Policy, to inform you of how we use and protect any of your personal data that is collected through your use of the MMS website.

As this cookies policy is under regular review, you should check back from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes that we make to it. This cookies policy is effective from 31/07/2012.

1. What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer's hard drive by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently.

Cookies can be used to provide information to website owners, for example to analyse web traffic or to inform the owner when an individual visits the website. Cookies also allow web applications to respond to you as an individual, so that the web application can tailor its operations to your specific needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

There are various types of cookies, including:

  • Essential cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of a website, for example to enable a user to log into secure areas of a website.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. These are cookies that allow a website to recognise and count the number of visitors it receives, and how these visitors move around and make use of a website. These can be useful to website owners to improve the way a website works, for example to ensure users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functional cookies. These are cookies that are used to recognise when a user returns to a website, and can be used to personalise content to individual users by remembering their preferences, for example to a particular language or region.
  • Targeting cookies. These are cookies that can be used to record a user's visit to a website, including the pages viewed and links that have been followed. These can be used to make a website more relevant to a user's interests.

2. How the MMS website makes use of cookies

The table below provides information on the specific cookies used by the MMS website and the purpose they serve:

Cookie Set

Cookie Name

Purpose

More Information

Essential site cookies

ASP.NET_SessionId

This cookie is essential for the website facilities and is set upon your arrival to the website. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

Session ID explanation

Google Analytics

_utma
_utmb
_utmc
_utmz

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Google Analytics Privacy

Site specific cookie

AEUserID

Used by the website secure area after logging in. This is a session based cookie that will be deleted when you close your browser.

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Site specific cookie

mms

Used to remember last logged in user ID between sessions.

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Site specific cookie

MMSCookieAccept

This cookie is used to indicate that you have acknowledged that cookies are used on this site.

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Site specific cookie

cssc_fontsize

Used to remember the size selected on the font picker between browser sessions.

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You should be aware that some third parties (including, for example providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

3. Can I choose not to allow cookies to function on the MMS website?

You can choose to decline the use of cookies on the MMS website. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer.

To delete cookies that are already on your computer hard drive, you should refer to the instructions for your file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies. You can access them through some types of browser. If you wish to locate or delete cookies in relation to the MMS website, you should search for them in your cookie folders using the search term "MMS".

If you do decline the use of cookies you will still be able to use the MMS website, however you may be prevented from taking full advantage of some of the website's functions.

With or without cookies, the MMS website keeps track of usage data, such as the source address that the page request is coming from (i.e. your IP address, domain name), date and time of the page request, the referring website (if any) and other parameters in the URL (such as search criteria). We use this data to better understand website usage so we know what areas of our websites users prefer. This information is stored in log files and is used for aggregated and statistical reporting but is not attributed to you as an individual.