Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff

Disclaimer

Foran Glennon (UK) LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales, with registered number OC396971. The LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of members of is available for inspection at the LLP’s registered address at 3rd Floor, 11 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 1LP.  The word “partner” denotes an LLP member, or a consultant or employee with equivalent standing and qualifications.

“Foran Glennon” is the trading name of an international affiliation of legal practices consisting of FG(UK)LLP and Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC (“FGPPR PC”) which has offices across the United States. “Foran Glennon” does not provide legal services and all legal services are provided to clients by FG(UK) LLP and/or FGPPR PC, each of which is a separate and distinct legal entity. Our clients’ contractual retainers will be with FG(UK) LLP and/or FGPPR PC as the terms of the engagement with the respective entity will expressly so specify.

The use of the term “partner” should not be construed as meaning that any form of general partnership exists between FG(UK) LLP and/or FGPPR PC.

Legal and Regulatory information

FG(UK) LLP (or “we”, “us”, “our”) have set out below some additional information which we are obliged to provide to clients (as provided for in our standard Terms of Business). If you are a client and would like to receive the current Terms of Business and/or any other information in hard copy, please contact your Client Relationship Partner.

[FG(UK) LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”). The SRA Handbook 2011 sets out our professional and ethical rules and obligations (including the SRA Code of Conduct and SRA Accounts Rules), and can be viewed at www.sra.org.uk.]

FG(UK) LLP is registered for Value Added Tax purposes with VAT number: 209 9228 91.

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

Some investment-related activities (including insurance mediation activities) of FG(UK) LLP are regulated under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 of the United Kingdom (“FSMA”).

Like most law firms, we are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) under FSMA. Instead, we are authorised and regulated by the SRA. The Law Society is a designated professional body for the purposes of FSMA, but responsibility for regulation and complaints handling has been separated from the Law Society’s representative functions. The SRA is the independent regulatory body of the Law Society and the Legal Ombudsman deals with complaints about lawyers registered in England and Wales. In the light of this, we can provide investment-related services (including insurance mediation activities) if they are an incidental part of the professional services we have been engaged to provide, if they can reasonably be regarded as a necessary part of our professional services or if we are otherwise permitted to provide them under FSMA. For the purpose of insurance mediation activities (broadly, advising on, selling and the administration of insurance contracts), we are included on a register maintained by the FCA and are permitted by the FCA to carry on insurance mediation activities. This register can be accessed via the FCA website at www.fca.org.uk/register.

Anti-money laundering

FG(UK) LLP may require clients to provide documents and information concerning the contracting client entity and related persons, entities or affiliates as set out, in order to comply with relevant anti-money laundering laws and regulations. We may be prevented from carrying out your instructions if we are unable to meet our requirements, which often include verifying the identities of your ultimate beneficial owners.

We may be required by law or regulation to report to a governmental or regulatory authority our knowledge and/or suspicion that certain criminal offences have been committed, regardless of whether such an offence has been committed by a client of ours or by a third party. We may not be able to discuss such reports with you because of restrictions imposed by those laws and regulations, and we may have to cease acting for you in those circumstances. You agree that FG(UK) LLP are not responsible for any adverse consequences you may suffer as a result of our compliance with such laws and regulations, whether caused by our inactivity or otherwise.

Anti-bribery and corruption

FG(UK) LLP’s policy is to act at all times in accordance with the highest professional, ethical and business standards, and we expect the same from our clients and their related persons, entities or affiliates. We have a zero tolerance approach to bribery or corruption and you agree not to expect or request any conduct from us that might bring our name into disrepute or compromise our integrity and independence and that you or your related persons, entities or affiliates will refrain from any practices involving bribery or any other corrupt activities.

Client audit requests

If FG(UK) LLP are required by any governmental or regulatory body, or by your auditing accountants or any other service provider appointed by you, to produce documents or provide information on any engagement, we shall be entitled to bill you for the work involved (and any disbursements or expenses incurred) at the rates agreed for the relevant matter.

In response to any request to provide information to your auditors, our policy is to comply with the laws and regulations applicable to us and in particular with the guidance from the Law Society of England & Wales and with the American Bar Association Statement of Policy Regarding Lawyers’ Responses to Auditors’ Requests for Information.

Managing complaints

FG(UK) LLP are committed to delivering an outstanding service to the LLP’s clients. If you are a client and are dissatisfied with any element of our service (including about your bill), you should contact your Client Relationship Partner who will be happy to discuss the matter with you and, if applicable, initiate our international Client Complaints procedures (a copy of which will be sent to you on request). If for any reason we are unable to resolve the issue having invoked our procedures, we will discuss with you the options available at that point to take the matter further.

If you have instructed FG(UK) LLP, you may contact the Legal Ombudsman (PO Box 15870, Birmingham B30 9EB, UK; tel: 0300 555 0333; email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk), which deals with complaints against lawyers registered in England and Wales. The time limit for referral of complaints to the Legal Ombudsman is ordinarily 6 months from our final response to your complaint, and one year from when you realised there was a concern. See www.legalombudsman.org.uk for further information. If the Ombudsman is unable to handle your complaint, the matter may be referred to the SRA. If your complaint is about your bill, you may also apply to the court for an assessment of the bill under Part III of the Solicitors’ Act 1974. If all or part of a bill remains unpaid, we may be entitled to charge interest.

Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013

If you have instructed FG(UK) LLP as an individual to act for you in your personal capacity (not in any business or professional capacity), under the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, you have a fourteen day cooling-off period during which you may decide to cancel your contract with us. If you expect us to provide advice and services during that fourteen day period but also wish to cancel your contract during that period, you agree that you will be liable for any fees or expenses chargeable for legal advice and services incurred up to and including the date of cancellation. If you would like further information, including a template cancellation form, please contact us.

Client Account and Interest

Pursuant to the SRA Accounts Rules, FG(UK) LLP’s policy is to account to our clients for a sum in lieu of interest on a fair and reasonable basis. If the total amount of interest calculated over the course of a matter is less than £20 no payment in lieu of interest will be paid. Client monies will be deposited in a general client account (an instant access account in which amounts for different clients are pooled) unless we are instructed to create a separate designated account. In any event, it is unlikely that a client will receive as much interest as might have been obtained had the funds been invested by the client itself.