These Legal Notices, as amended from to time, provide important information about the way in which SJ Berwin LLP and its affiliated undertakings provide legal services. Please read them carefully. The country-specific sections of these Legal Notices contain further information about our offices, including information about how lawyers in those offices are regulated.
SJ Berwin LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England no OC313176 whose registered address is at 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose rules can be found in the Solicitors' Code of Conduct at http://www.sra.org.uk/. SJ Berwin is an international legal practice comprising SJ Berwin LLP and its affiliated firms and businesses. All references on this website to "SJ Berwin", "SJB", "the firm", "we" or "us" should be read as referring to SJ Berwin LLP or its affiliated firms or businesses.
A list of the members of SJ Berwin LLP and of the non-members who are designated as partners is open to inspection at 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE, its principal place of business and registered office. The list is also available here. Any reference to a partner in relation to SJ Berwin LLP is to a member of SJ Berwin LLP or to an employee or consultant with equivalent standing.
Before 1 May 2005, SJ Berwin was a general partnership constituted under the laws of England and Wales. Some documents available through this website were produced before 1 May 2005. Nothing in those documents is to be taken to indicate that SJ Berwin LLP or any of its limited liability affiliated undertakings are unlimited liability undertakings or general partnerships.
SJ Berwin is registered for VAT purposes in the United Kingdom (registration number GB 991 2726 94), Belgium (registration number BE0874353446), France (registration number FR14438807760), Germany (registration number DE237431826), Italy (registration number IT05073620964) and Spain (registration number ESA82376880).
The provision of our legal services may relate to investments (including insurance contracts). We are not authorised by the UK 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 the advising on, selling and 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 http://www.fsa.gov.uk/Pages/register. We can also undertake certain activities in relation to other investments which are limited in scope and incidental to our legal services or which may reasonably be regarded as a necessary part of our legal services.
SJ Berwin LLP is committed to providing a high quality legal service to our clients. However, if you are a client and have a problem concerning any of the services provided by us or any of our bills, in the first instance you should speak to the partner responsible on our behalf for the conduct and overall supervision of our work on your matter to resolve the problem. If you do not feel it is appropriate to raise the problem directly with that partner, you should speak with the relevant Head of Department or the firm's Managing Partner. If you are unable to resolve the issue in this manner, your complaint will be dealt with in accordance with our complaints procedure, a copy of which is available on request. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the procedure set out above, you may then refer your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman (“LO”) which is the independent body established under the Legal Services Act 2007 to resolve complaints about legal services. However, you should be aware that the LO’s services are only available to certain types of clients, and there are time limits for lodging a complaint with the LO which require you to refer your complaint to them within six months of the conclusion of our complaints procedure. Further information on the LO and the time limits applicable is available at http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/, by calling the helpdesk on 0300 555 0333 or by writing to PO Box 15870, Birmingham B30 9EB. If your complaint is about our bill, in addition to the above, you may have the right to apply to the court for an assessment of the bill under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. However, if you make such an application to the court, the LO may not consider your complaint.
We maintain professional indemnity insurance cover as required by the SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules 2011 (as amended from time to time), on a global basis with QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited (whose address is Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BD). Please refer to the firm’s Head of Practice Protection in London for further details of the insurance and how to contact the insurers.
This website is intended to provide general information only and, as such, does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Users should seek appropriate legal advice before taking or refraining from taking any action in reliance on any information contained in this website. SJ Berwin is not responsible for any loss which may arise from accessing, using or reliance on any such information.
The State of New York has determined that under certain circumstances and for certain recipients, some of the material on this website may constitute attorney advertising within the meaning of sections 1200.1 and 1200.6-8 of Title 22 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulatory Attorney Advertising Regulations. The following statement is made on this website in accordance with those rules: ATTORNEY ADVERTISING; PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE A SIMILAR OUTCOME.
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