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Charitable Status

The Society is registered as a Charity with The Charity Commissioners of England and Wales – Registered Charity no 1010089.



This privacy policy was last updated on 3 May 2018.

L’Association des Juristes Franco-Britanniques, the Franco-British Lawyers Society, registered under this name at Companies House (“the FBLS” or “we”) takes your right to privacy very seriously. By communicating with us, including when you access our Website (the contents of which are in English and French), you are accepting and agreeing to this Privacy and Cookies Policy. This privacy policy describes the kinds of information that we may collect about you; when and how we use that information; how we protect it; who we disclose it to and why; and your rights to access and control our use of your information.

Any information provided to or gathered from (“the Website”) in the course of providing information to you or registering you as a member or for an event is controlled by the FBLS.


1. Who we are

The FBLS is a Registered Charity no 1010089, whose registered office is at FBLS, Le Dispensaire Francais – Société Française de Bienfaisance – 184 Hammersmith Road – London W6 7DJ, United Kingdom,

Its main objectives are to:

–       acquaint the lawyers of France, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) with the laws, legal institutions and practices of the other jurisdictions; and

–       to report on the practical solutions which the FBLS’s members have achieved in the course of their respective activities and practice to resolve the so-called incompatibilities or antagonisms of their legal systems.

The FBLS has an affiliated “association” in France, established for tax purposes as to benefit from charitable status in France.


2. What this privacy and cookie policy covers

This policy explains how the FBLS:

·         treats personal data that is collected through  memberships and events registration details, and previous memberships and events registration details

·         treats personal data that is collected through the Website, including personal data relating to your past use of our Website and previous memberships and events registration details; and

·         how we use cookies to provide services to you or improve your use of our Website.

The FBLS collects both “personal data” and “non-personal data” about its visitors, registered users and members. There are differences in how we treat each type of data, as further explained in this privacy policy.

The FBLS is not responsible for third parties’ websites.

3. Personal data collection and use

Personal data means any data that enables you to be identified as an individual.  The personal data that the FBLS collects about you may include your name, postal address, e-mail address, payment information, phone number, name of your firm or university,  mobile phone number, expertise and any other information which may identify you as an individual.  The sections “Personal data you provide to us” further explain what types of information we may collect from you and when we may do this.

Non-personal data

Non-personal data means certain anonymous information that the FBLS collects about visitors’ use of its Website.  This non-personal data does not enable the FBLS to identify any visitor as an individual.  Non-personal data includes the pages that our Website’s visitors access, how many clicks it takes them to reach specific information, and the kinds of purchases (i.e. payment of membership fees and/or registration for events) they make on our Website. We share non-personal data about your Website visits with service providers who help us administer our Website or help us market our products.  Our collection of non-personal data is further explained in the section “Information collected through our Website.

Legal basis for processing

Our processing of your Personal Information is necessary:

for the performance of contracts to which you will be a party and in order to take steps at your request prior to you entering into those contracts;
for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by us; or
in order to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject;
In relation to any processing of special categories of personal data, we will generally rely on obtaining specific consent from you at the time unless there is otherwise a legal requirement for us to process such information;

Or you have given consent to the processing of personal data for one or more specific purposes.

Legitimate interests

Where our processing is based on the legitimate interest grounds described above, those legitimate interests are:

  • collecting Personal Information to provide you with a smooth and efficient member experience;
  • to make sure you receive updated information on the society business activities;
  • to provide the services you have requested; and for our own marketing and research.

4.  Personal data you provide to us

We collect personal data that you provide to us when you visit the Website, when you register as a member of the FBLS and you register for a seminar.

For example:

When becoming a member of the FBLS and when registering for an event

When you become a member of the FBLS and/or register for a seminar or an event, either using our Website, by email or phone, we may collect your name, billing addresses, e-mail address, phone number, mobile number, payment card information, and the details of your membership and/or registration. We collect this personal data to process your membership request and/or registration for an event, including collecting payment.

When creating an online account

When you set up an online account, we may collect your name, billing addresses and e-mail address. We collect this personal data for account setup and administration purposes.

When signing up for promotional mail and e-mail

When you sign up for promotional mail and e-mails or request information from us, we may collect your name, mailing address and e-mail address.  We collect this personal data so we can send you information regarding future events and seminars in accordance with your marketing preferences (e.g. areas of practice).  In addition, we may also collect certain analytics information from recipients of our promotional e-mails to better understand what marketing is of interest to our members, where this is permitted by applicable law.

If you change your mind and wish to unsubscribe from marketing communications that we send to you, you can do so either by following the ‘unsubscribe’ instructions included in each marketing e-mail we send to you or, alternatively, by contacting us and instructing us to amend the marketing preferences we hold for your account.

When requesting membership or registration for an event

When you request membership to the FBLS or registration for an event, we may collect information about your request.  We may also ask you to provide personal preference information, such as biographical information, your profession, year of qualification, area(s) of practice, name of law firm or company, professional or personal address, country of residence but the information provided by you is entirely optional.  We collect personal preference information because it helps us in developing marketing that meet users and members’ needs.

When contributing to our Website

When you submit your feedback regarding seminars or events, we may collect personal data including your name, e-mail address and the content of your feedback or comment but we will only state your name on the Website with your express consent.  We collect this personal data because it helps us ensure we organise seminars which meet the needs of our members and the wider public.


5.  Information collected through our Website

When you visit our Website, we collect limited non-personal data about your visit.  This may include information about your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address as well as details about cookies and action tags served to your computer through our Website.

IP and IMEI addresses

Through the use of cookies, we will receive information from your computer (PC) such as your IP address (an IP address is the number automatically assigned to your PC whenever you access the Internet) and we will record this information.  Similarly, an IMEI address is a unique number assigned to mobile phones that is used by GSM networks to help them identify valid mobile devices.  These addresses are automatically transmitted to us by your PC and/or mobile phone whenever you access our Website or use our smart phone applications.  We use this information to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Website and smart phone services; however, this number does not identify your name, email address, or any other personal data about you.


6.  How to access and control your information

You have the right to access the personal data we hold about you and to ask us to add to, correct, update or remove this information.  In addition, you have the right to instruct us not to contact you for direct marketing purposes, even if you have previously consented to receive this.

You can exercise these rights by visiting our online contact preferences centre or by contacting us by phone, e-mail or mail using the following details:


Mail:     FBLS, Le Dispensaire Francais – Société Française de Bienfaisance – 184 Hammersmith Road – London W6 7DJ


7.  Sharing of your personal data

Social networking

We offer you the opportunity to share information about the FBLS, our seminars and events and our Website using “share this” functionality.  We offer this functionality in order to generate interest in the FBLS and its activities among the members of your social networks and to permit you to share opinions and recommendations about our products with your friends.  Sharing either personal or non-personal data with a social network may result in that information being collected by the social network hosting company or may result in that information being made public.  You should always read the privacy policy of any social network through which you share information in order to understand their specific privacy and information usage practices.

Service providers

We employ other companies and individuals to perform certain services and functions on our behalf.  These include operating and maintaining our Website, registering new members, renewing memberships, registering members or users for seminars or events, sending postal mail and e-mail, member list management, data analysis, distributing member surveys, authorising and processing payments, and providing member service.  These service providers will have access only to the personal data they need to perform their specific services or functions, and may not use it for any other purposes.  We will at all times require those service providers to process  your personal data only in accordance with this privacy policy and that they implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your personal data against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, damage or destruction. We use a secure website.

For your protection and ours

We may release personal data when we believe it is necessary to comply with applicable law, regulation, court order, or governmental request; to enforce or apply our Terms and Conditions with you; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of the FBLS, directors, its members or employees.


It is our policy not to share your personal data with third parties outside of the affiliated sections of the FBLS, for marketing purposes.


8.  International transfers

Your personal data may be collected or processed by us, our affiliated sections or our service providers for the purposes described in this privacy policy.


9.  Children’s privacy

We do not knowingly take any payment from, collect personal data from, or direct advertising toward persons under 18 years of age.


10.  Your rights

At any time, you have the right to:

  • request access to or a copy of any personal data which we hold about you;
  • rectification of your personal data, if you consider that the information we are holding is inaccurate;
  • ask us to delete your personal data, if you consider that we do not have the right to hold it;
  • withdraw consent to our processing of your personal data (to the extent such processing is based on previously obtained consent);
  • restrict processing of your personal data;
  • data portability (moving some of your personal data elsewhere) in certain circumstances;
  • object to your personal data being processed in certain circumstances; and
  • not be subject to a decision based on automated processing and to have safeguards put in place if you are being profiled based on your personal data.

Any request from you for access to or a copy of your personal data must be in writing or by email and we will endeavour to respond within a reasonable period and in any event within one month in compliance with data protection legislation. We will comply with our legal obligations as regards your rights as a data subject.

We aim to ensure that the information we hold about you is accurate at all times. To assist us in ensuring that your information is up to date, do let us know if any of your personal details change by contacting us at:

Your personal information will be kept for the duration of your membership or 18 month whatever is longer.



What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files (which often include a unique identifier) which are sent to a user’s computer (PC) or mobile phone from a website and are stored on the hard drive of the user’s device. When you return to that website on another day from your PC or mobile phone, the website can read your cookie and in effect, recognise you. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preference allows it. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to report on website traffic.

There are different types of cookies which are used to do different things, such as letting you navigate between different pages on a website efficiently, remembering preferences you have given a website, saving your login details and passwords and improving your overall experience. Others are used to measure the number of the website visits.

Some cookies are allocated to your PC only for the duration of your visit to a website and these are session based cookies. These automatically expire when you close down your browser. Another type of cookies may remain on your hard drive after you leave our Website (“persistent” cookies).

Cookies may be served to your browser either directly by us (these are called first party cookies) or by third parties acting on our behalf (these are called third party cookies).  First party cookies enable us to recognise you when you come back to our site and remember the seminars that you have registered for, both while you are viewing other areas on our Website and when you return to our site.  We also use third party cookies such as Google Analytics.

11.1 Which cookies do we use?

We use different types of cookies to help our Website work well.

The main categories of cookies that we use are:

a.     Cookies that are strictly necessary to operate the Website

Our Website uses some cookies which are strictly necessary to fulfil the users’ requests to become members of the FBLS, to renew their membership and/or to register for events or seminars to enable us to remember the contents of a user’s  shopping cart” as the user moves through several pages on our Website. These include cookies that enable you to:

–       stay logged in for an entire visit to the Website (to enable the registered users to save their login details and passwords to stay connected to the Website), and add items to a “shopping basket” (e.g. membership fees, fees for events and seminars) and keep them until you decide to check out.

b.    Cookies which help us improve the Website

We also use cookies to count visitors to our Website and see how people are using our Website. They are known as “analytics cookies”, “tracing cookies” or “web beacons”. The information we collect using analytics cookies is anonymous and does not involve collecting the name or address of any user. The analytics cookies that we use only operate through our Website so that the data they collect is not shared with anyone else.

In addition, when we email you, we may place a tiny tag (also known as ‘tracking pixel’ or ‘web beacon’) on the email we send out. These do not collect any personal data, but they let us know how many people are opening and reading our emails.

The information we collect using analytics cookies is anonymous and does not involve collecting the name or address of any user. The analytics cookies that we use only operate through our Website so they and the data they collect are not shared with anyone else.

We use analytic cookies from the providers listed below. You can control our use of their cookies by clicking on the following link:

·         Google Analytics

·         Flash Player


11.2. How to disable and manage cookies

Internet browsers allow users to manage their cookies, they can set their devices to accept all cookies, to let them know when a cookie has been set, or never to receive cookies.

Please note that if you disable cookies you may not be able to use all the features of our Website. It would be impossible use our online shop without cookies enabled, as the shopping basket function would not work.

Please note that if you prevent the use of cookies using either of these systems, you will no longer be included in any tracking data from those tools across all sites (not just this Website).

You can learn more about cookies and how to manage them at, which will enable you to approve, disable and control cookies described in paragraph b. above. However, we believe that we do not need your consent to use the cookies which we have identified as those “strictly necessary” to enable us to provide you with any service which you have requested from us to be delivered online (described in paragraph a. above)


12. Changes to this policy

We may update this policy in the future.  We will post at the top of this Privacy and Cookies Policy the date on which it was most recently updated and we recommend that you revisit this page regularly to keep informed of our current privacy practices.  Any personal data we collect from you will remain subject to the privacy commitments given to you at the time of its collection, unless you consent otherwise.


13. How to contact us

If you have questions about our privacy and cookies policy or the privacy and security of your information, you can contact us in one of the following ways:


Mail: FBLS, Le Dispensaire Francais – Société Française de Bienfaisance – 184 Hammersmith Road – London W6 7DJ




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