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BDB Pitmans LLP Cookie Policy

1 Introduction

1.1 BDB Pitmans LLP (BDB Pitmans) is committed to ensuring your privacy is protected. This policy explains what cookies are used on this website, what the cookies are doing, why BDB Pitmans uses these cookies and information regarding user consent for cookies.

1.2 Our website uses cookies to enable us to distinguish one user from another. Cookies enable BDB Pitmans to improve the user experience when visiting the site.

2 Definition of Cookies

2.1 A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (e.g. a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions.

3 Categories of Cookies

3.1 Information about the different types if cookie can be found below. This section has been included within the policy to help the user understand cookies:

3.2 First and Third-Party Cookie

3.2.1 The website may use first-party cookies in order to improve the user experience and for error management reasons. A first party is a cookie which is solely owned by the organisation who runs the website, for example the BDB Pitmans website may have a cookie that was created and owned by BDB Pitmans upon the site.

3.2.2 Third party organisation may use their own cookies to collect information about the content of our website and track your activity whilst using the website. The information that these cookies collect is not normally personally identifiable information. Examples of some of the data the cookie may collect include; computer specification, browser information, username, location etc. Any third party cookies that are used on the website are not owned by BDB Pitmans and BDB Pitmans does not take responsibility for the privacy practices of any third parties.

3.3 Persistent Cookies

3.3.1 A persistent cookie expires on a specific date rather than when the web browser closes. This means that for the entire lifespan of the cookie, information will be transferred to the server every time a user accesses the website. This type of cookie will not be deleted when the user closes their browser.

3.4 Session Cookies

3.4.1 A session cookie exists only in temporary memory while the user navigates the website. When the web browser is closed the browser will usually delete the cookie.

4 Consent

4.1 When a user visits the BDB Pitmans website they will see a ribbon towards the top of the homepage stating ‘This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more’ and there will be a button labelled ‘Accept’.

4.2 By clicking the ‘Accept’ button the user is granting consent for BDB Pitmans to place cookies in the user’s web browser or on the user’s hard drive. Please read this cookie policy for more details about the information we collect when a user visits the site.

4.3 If you chose to refuse the cookies on our site, then you may encounter web navigation issues and errors from our site and potentially other sites also.

5 Withdraw Consent

5.1 If you wish to withdraw your consent then you need to delete your cookies from your web browser.

6 BDB Pitmans use of Cookies and Justification

BDB Pitmans use the following types of cookie:

  • Performance Cookie; and
  • Functionality Cookie.

6.1 Performance cookies collect information about how a person uses the site, eg how long a user spends on the site, and if there are any errors. BDB Pitmans justifies the use of performance for the following purposes:

  • Error Management – enables BDB Pitmans to detect any errors that users experience; and
  • Web Analytics – Provides anonymous statistics on how the Web site is used.

6.1.1 Our performance cookies are managed by a third party but we do not allow the third party to use the cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.

6.2 Functionality cookies are used to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences. Functionality cookies record information about the choices you have made. A functionality cookie is used on the website to remember whether the user has accepted the banner on the homepage which informs the user that the website uses cookies.

7 Specific Cookies in use at
Cookie NamePurposeDurationStrictly NecessaryDomain SourceCategory
_utmaUsed to distinguish users and sessions 2 Performance
Google Analytics
_utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits30 Performance
Google Analytics
_utmcHolds timestamp of exact moment a user leaves the siteEnd of browser Performance
Google Analytics
_utmtUsed to throttle refresh rate10 Performance
Google Analytics
_utmvUsed to store visitor-level custom variable data2 Performance
Google Analytics
_utmzStores the traffic source that explains how a user reaches the site6 Performance
Google Analytics
Cookieconsent_statusStores the value ‘dismiss’ to prevent displaying the message again on next visit1 Functionality
PHPSESSIDStores search filter Session
_hjIncludedInSampleCheck if user is included in the sample which is used to generate Session
8 How to Manage Cookies

8.1 All of the major browsers supply information to assist you with managing your cookie preferences, below you will find links to assist you with changing your cookie preferences. You are able to control cookies that are not strictly necessary.

9 Further Information

9.1 You can find out more information about cookies by visiting the following information websites:

Updated: 19th October 2020