Trowers & Hamlins is the trading name of an international legal practice comprising Trowers & Hamlins LLP and its affiliated undertakings. Trowers & Hamlins has offices in London, Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Oman and Malaysia. Our offices in Exeter trade as "Trowers & Hamlins LLP (incorporating Stones)".
Trowers & Hamlins LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC 337852 whose registered office is at 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ, VAT registration number GB 440 6550 69. Trowers & Hamlins LLP is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and is registered as a recognised body with SRA number 494314. In the other jurisdictions in which we have offices, we are subject to the regulatory rules of the jurisdiction in question. Our lawyers are subject to regulation according to the rules of each regulatory body with whom they are admitted to practise. The SRA Code of Conduct 2011 can be accessed from the SRA website at: http://www.sra.org.uk.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP conducts business in our offices in London, Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Malaysia. In Malaysia, Trowers & Hamlins LLP is licenced by the Malaysian Bar Council as a Qualified Foreign Law Firm (QFLF). The partnership of Trowers & Hamlins practises through our offices in Bahrain and Oman. Trowers & Hamlins LLP has an association in Jordan with Abdul Karim Al-Fauri.
The UK business of the general partnership of Trowers & Hamlins was transferred to Trowers & Hamlins LLP on 1 October 2008 and the Abu Dhabi and Dubai businesses of the general partnership of Trowers & Hamlins transferred to Trowers & Hamlins LLP in early 2009. Some of the pages of this website and documents available on them were created before conversion to LLP status, but nothing in them is to be taken to mean that Trowers & Hamlins LLP is a general partnership or has unlimited liability.
On this website and in any other context, the words Trowers & Hamlins, we, us or our refer to Trowers & Hamlins LLP and any of its affiliates, unless the context requires otherwise and affiliate means any corporate entity, partnership, firm or other undertaking (other than the LLP) which incorporates the name "Trowers & Hamlins" or is otherwise owned or controlled by us (whether in whole or in part).
On this website and in any other context, the word "partner" is used by us to refer to a member of Trowers & Hamlins LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications or an individual with equivalent status in one of Trowers & Hamlins LLP's affiliated undertakings. A list of the members of Trowers & Hamlins LLP together with those non-members who are designated as partners is open to inspection at the registered office.
Fraudulent use of Trowers & Hamlins' name
There is a risk that from time to time Trowers & Hamlins' name may be used by fraudsters in scam emails or other communications or on fake websites. This is a problem that is currently affecting the legal profession as a whole and our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, publishes details of known scams in England and Wales on its website at http://www.sra.org.uk/alerts/.
Please note that our only website is www.trowers.com and emails from the firm will be sent from the trowers.com domain. If you receive an email from any other email address it is probably fake and may be fraudulent and/or contain a computer virus.
Please note that we are currently aware of the following emails being sent to members of the public:
- An email purporting to be from "Willi Hager". The email indicates that a client "wishes to invest her financial estate in your country" via "a private arrangement". There is no individual at this firm named Willi Hager and this email is not connected in any way with Trowers & Hamlins LLP.
- Emails purporting to be from Mike Gaskell, a partner of this firm. The emails indicate that there is an unspecified "abandoned investment" that may be available to family members of a deceased individual. Whilst there is a genuine partner of this firm called Mike Gaskell, these emails are not connected in any way with either the real Mike Gaskell or with Trowers & Hamlins LLP.
Client account details
If, after we have supplied you with our client account details, you later receive an email purporting to be from a member of this firm and asking you to send funds to a different bank account, please contact your usual Trowers & Hamlins contact immediately (preferably by alternative means of communication) to verify before sending any money. If you have received an email asking for your funds to be sent to a different account, it is likely that the email is from a fraudster who may have hacked into your email account and is trying to steal your funds for their own purposes.
Please exercise extreme caution with any suspicious or unexpected email and any attachments or links within it. If you have any concerns about an email or other communication purporting to be from this firm or a member of our staff, please get in touch with your usual Trowers & Hamlins contact.
FCA regulation of insurance
We are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. However, we are included on the register maintained by the Financial Conduct Authority, so that we may 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 Conduct Authority website at http://www.fca.org.uk/register/.
We aim to provide the best service possible for all of our clients. However, if you have any queries or concerns regarding any aspect of our work for you or our bill, we have a procedure in place which details how we handle complaints. You may request a copy of this at any time from any partner or solicitor. If you do have any queries or concerns, you should raise these in the first instance with the person handling your work or the supervising partner. They will be keen to resolve your concerns as soon as possible. If your complaint cannot be dealt with by either of them, then it will be referred to the Head of the relevant Department and your Client Partner. If at any stage you are not satisfied with their response, please contact our Complaints Partner, Sara Bailey, who can be contacted at 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ (Telephone number: 020 7423 8000) or by email at email@example.com. If you are still not satisfied you may be entitled to ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the complaint. If you have a complaint about our bill, you may also be able to apply to the court for an assessment of the bill under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. The Legal Ombudsman service is available to individuals and very small businesses, charities, clubs and trusts. Any complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must usually be made within six months of the date of our final decision on your complaint and within six years from when the problem occurred or three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint (if the problem occurred before 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago). There are some restrictions on these time limits and for further information on whether you are entitled to have a complaint considered by the Legal Ombudsman, or on any other aspect of its service, you should contact the Legal Ombudsman (Helpline number: 0300 555 0333) or refer to their website at: www.legalombudsman.org.uk. If you prefer to write to the Legal Ombudsman, the address is PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The European Commission has established a platform (the ODR platform) under the EU Regulation on online dispute resolution for consumer disputes (Regulation (EU) 524/2013). The ODR platform can be accessed at: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/.
Any enquiry of this firm can be addressed to: email@example.com.
Professional indemnity insurance
We hold professional indemnity insurance provided by QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited, who can be contacted at Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BD. The territorial coverage of our professional indemnity insurance is worldwide.
Where we hold money on your behalf we shall, unless otherwise agreed in writing, account to you at the end of the matter for interest earned on such money in accordance with the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 unless the amount of interest involved is less than £20. If you do not wish to receive interest please inform your client partner that you wish to waive your right to interest. We regularly review our interest rates to ensure they are fair and reasonable. For details of the current interest rates payable or to discuss any aspect of our interest policy, please speak in the first instance with your client partner, the person handling your work or the supervising partner on your matter.
Consumer contracts: cancellation rights
Under the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, if you are a "consumer" and our agreement to act for you on any new matter is an "off-premises contract" within the meaning of the Regulations, you may withdraw your instructions to us on that matter up to 14 days after the day on which we enter into a contract with you, without giving any reason. You must inform us of your decision to cancel by a clear statement either on the cancellation form (available here) or in writing by letter, fax or email. To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired, even if we don't receive it until after the end of the period.
Modern Slavery Act – statement by Trowers & Hamlins LLP (the LLP)
This statement was approved by the members of the LLP present at a meeting on 27 July 2016 at Bunhill Row and relates to the period to 31 March 2016.
About the LLP
Trowers & Hamlins is an international law firm headquartered in the UK. Information about our work, our offices and our people is available on our website, http://www.trowers.com
The firm aims to be an ethical corporate citizen in a number of different areas. This statement covers the steps we have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking did not occur within our organisation or supply chain in the relevant period. There are two main strands to our supply chain; the first is in procuring services for our clients to supplement work that we are doing; the second strand relates to goods and services procured on behalf of the firm itself. Our work this year has related primarily to the second strand.
We have agreed an internal anti-slavery and human trafficking policy which is available as part of our wider CSR materials.
We have identified the need to update our procurement policy to include, on a risk based approach, challenging our suppliers (and their suppliers) to address slavery and human trafficking issues.
Although the risk is perceived to be low, we have included zero tolerance of slavery and human trafficking issues as examples to our staff of areas where issues should be raised, suggestions for improvement made and when considering the reporting of concerns.
Identifying and addressing risks
We have conducted a top level analysis of suppliers to all our offices and assessed them for potential for slavery and human trafficking issues. We are planning on building on this work in the current financial year.
Training is an important part of promoting awareness and therefore change. We have identified a suitable training course for all who deal with the LLP's suppliers and this will be rolled out in the current financial year. This is supplemented by written briefings for all staff.
In the first year since the Act came into force, our focus has been on the supplier map and reviewing how procurement of suppliers is working in practice.
In the current year we aim to:
- Review supplier terms and conditions to reflect what we have learned so far
- Consider whether we are yet in a position to bring in Key Performance Indicators
- Update our procurement processes to ensure that all our 'ethical citizen concerns' are dealt with in the same process using a risk based approach.
Signed on behalf of the members of Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Sara Bailey (Designated Member)
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