Legal Notices

These Legal Notices, as amended by us at any time and from time to time, set out the basis on which you may use this website and provide important information about the way we provide our services.

Goodwin Procter is an international legal practice carried on by Goodwin Procter LLP and its affiliated undertakings.

Goodwin Procter comprises Goodwin Procter LLP, a limited liability partnership established under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America and maintaining offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Silicon Valley and Washington DC, and in Frankfurt and Munich, Germany (“Goodwin Procter (US)”); Goodwin Procter (Hong Kong) LLP, a Hong Kong limited liability partnership and maintaining an office in Hong Kong (“Goodwin Procter (Hong Kong)”); Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales and maintaining offices in London and Cambridge (“Goodwin Procter (UK)”); Goodwin Procter (France) LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales and maintaining offices in London and Paris (“Goodwin Procter (France)”); Goodwin Procter (Luxembourg), a private limited liability company established under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and maintaining an office in Luxembourg (“Goodwin Procter (Luxembourg)); Goodwin Procter (Belgium) LLP (“Goodwin Procter (Belgium)”), a limited liability partnership established under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America and maintaining an office in Brussels, Belgium and Goodwin Procter (Singapore) LLP, a limited liability partnership established in the Republic of Singapore and maintaining an office in Singapore (“Goodwin Procter (Singapore)”).

The term “partner” refers to a partner in Goodwin Procter (US), Goodwin Procter (HK), Goodwin Procter (Belgium) or Goodwin Procter (Singapore), a member of Goodwin Procter (UK) or Goodwin Procter (France), a shareholder in Goodwin Procter (Luxembourg) or a person with equivalent standing and qualifications. A list of partners is open to inspection at each of the firm’s offices.

Goodwin Procter maintains appropriate registrations in the jurisdictions in which its offices are located. The firm is therefore subject to the rules of the various jurisdictions and professional bodies depending on where each office is located. The firm’s lawyers are subject to the rules of the regulatory bodies to which they are admitted and/or registered and are admitted and/or registered to practice in the jurisdictions listed on their individual resumes.

References in the Legal Notices and elsewhere on this website to Goodwin Procter mean Goodwin Procter (US), Goodwin Procter (Hong Kong), Goodwin Procter (UK) and Goodwin Procter (France), Goodwin Procter (Luxembourg), Goodwin Procter (Belgium), Goodwin Procter (Singapore) or one or more of those practices as the context may require.

We at Goodwin Procter LLP and its affiliated undertakings (“Goodwin”, “we”, “us” and/or “our”) respect your privacy and value the relationship we have with you. For full details of please view “Privacy Policy” on our website (“Site”).

Last updated: October 20, 2022

Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions

Goodwin Procter LLP and its affiliated entities (herein referred to as “Goodwin,” “we,” “us” or “our”) provides and makes available this web site (the “Web Site”). All use of the Web Site is subject to the terms and conditions contained in this Terms of Use Agreement (the “Agreement”). Please read this Agreement carefully. By accessing, browsing or otherwise using the Web Site, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by this Agreement. If you do not accept the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you shall not access, browse or use the Web Site.

You understand and agree that we may change this Agreement at any time without prior notice. You may read a current, effective copy of this Agreement at any time on the Web Site at https://www.goodwinlaw.com/footer/legal-notices . The revised terms and conditions will become effective at time of posting. Any use of the Web Site after such date shall constitute your acceptance of such revised terms and conditions. If any change to this Agreement is not acceptable to you, your sole remedy is to cease accessing, browsing and otherwise using the Web Site.

Your access to and use of the Web Site is also subject to Goodwin’s Privacy Policy located here and the Legal Notices located here.

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY, AS THEY CONTAIN AN AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, REMEDIES, AND OBLIGATIONS. THE AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE REQUIRES (WITH LIMITED EXCEPTION) THAT YOU SUBMIT CLAIMS YOU HAVE AGAINST US TO BINDING AND FINAL ARBITRATION.

Use of the Web Site.

This Web Site contains material, including but not limited to software, text, graphics and images (collectively referred to as the “Content”). We may own the Content or portions of the Content may be made available to us through arrangements that we have with third-parties. The Content is protected by United States and foreign intellectual property laws. Unauthorized use of the Content may result in violation of copyright, trademark, and other laws. You have no rights in or to the Content, and you will not use, copy or display the Content except for informational and non-commercial use and as set forth in Section 9 (Legal Information) of this Agreement. No other use is permitted without our prior written consent. You must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Content on any copy you make of the Content. You may not sell, transfer, assign, license, sublicense, or modify the Content or reproduce, display, publicly perform, make a derivative version of, distribute, or otherwise use the Content in any way for any public or commercial purpose. The use or posting of any of the Content on any other web site or in a networked computer environment for any purpose is expressly prohibited. If you violate any part of this Agreement, your right to access and/or use the Content and Web Site shall automatically terminate and you shall immediately destroy any copies you have made of the Content.

The trademarks, service marks, and logos of Goodwin (the “Goodwin Trademarks”) used and displayed on this Web Site are registered and unregistered trademarks or service marks of Goodwin. Other company, product, and service names located on the Web Site may be trademarks or service marks owned by third-parties (the “Third-Party Trademarks”, and, collectively with Goodwin Trademarks, the “Trademarks”). Nothing on this Web Site or in this Agreement should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on this Web Site without the prior written consent of Goodwin specific for each such use. The Trademarks may not be used to disparage Goodwin or the applicable third-party, Goodwin’s or third-party’s products or services, or in any manner (using commercially reasonable judgment) that may damage any goodwill in the Trademarks. Use of any Trademarks as part of a link to or from any web site is prohibited without Goodwin’s prior written consent. All goodwill generated from the use of any Goodwin Trademark shall inure to Goodwin’s benefit.

You agree not to: (a) take any action that imposes an unreasonable load on the Web Site’s infrastructure, (b) use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Web Site or any activity being conducted on the Web Site, (c) attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or making up the Web Site, (d) delete or alter any material posted on the Web Site by Goodwin or any other person or entity, or (e) frame or link to any of the materials or information available on the Web Site.

The Web Site contains links to third-party web sites (“External Sites”). These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by us of the content on such External Sites. The content of such External Sites is developed and provided by others. You should contact the site administrator for those External Sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or any content located on such External Sites. We are not responsible for the content of any linked External Sites and do not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of any materials on such External Sites. You should take precautions when downloading files from all web sites to protect your computer from viruses and other destructive programs. If you decide to access any External Sites, you do so at your own risk.

Certain elements of the Web Site are protected by trade dress, trademark, unfair competition, and other state and federal laws and may not be copied or imitated in whole or in part, by any means, including but not limited to, the use of framing or mirrors, except as otherwise expressly permitted by Section 2.1 of the Agreement. None of the Content for this Web Site may be retransmitted without the express written consent from Goodwin for each and every instance.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials on Web Site infringe your copyright, you (or your agent) may send us a notice requesting that the material be removed, or access to it blocked. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA (see http://www.loc.gov/copyright for details). Notices and counter notices with respect to the Web Site should be sent to Goodwin at:

By Mail:
Jacqueline Klosek
The New York Times Building

620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

By Email:  jklosek@goodwinlaw.com

Disclaimer of Warranties.

GOODWIN, ITS AFFILIATES, THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS, OR LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “GOODWIN PARTIES”) MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE CONTENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ITS ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS OR RELIABILITY. THE GOODWIN PARTIES SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO LIABILITY FOR THE TRUTH, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION CONVEYED TO THE USER OR FOR ERRORS, MISTAKES OR OMISSIONS THEREIN OR FOR ANY DELAYS OR INTERRUPTIONS OF THE DATA OR INFORMATION STREAM FROM WHATEVER CAUSE. YOU AGREE THAT YOU USE THE WEB SITE AND THE CONTENT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

THE GOODWIN PARTIES DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEB SITE WILL OPERATE ERROR‑FREE OR THAT THE WEB SITE, ITS SERVER, OR THE CONTENT ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR SIMILAR CONTAMINATION OR DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. IF YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE OR THE CONTENT RESULTS IN THE NEED FOR SERVICING OR REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR DATA, NO GOODWIN PARTY SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE COSTS.

THE WEB SITE AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. THE GOODWIN PARTIES DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON‑INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES RIGHTS, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Limitation of Liability.

IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY GOODWIN PARTY BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, OR DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF GOODWILL, USE, OR DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF THE GOODWIN PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION), WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITE AND THE CONTENT, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF SUCH GOODWIN PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL THE GOODWIN PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID GOODWIN IN THE LAST SIX (6) MONTHS, OR, IF GREATER, FIFTY DOLLARS ($50).

SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE DISCLAIMER OR EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, IN SUCH STATES, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU OR BE ENFORCEABLE WITH RESPECT TO YOU, AND THE LIABILITY OF THE GOODWIN PARTIES SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

IF YOU ARE FROM NEW JERSEY, SECTIONS 3, 4 , and 5 ARE INTENDED TO BE ONLY AS BROAD AS IS PERMITTED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. IF ANY PORTION OF THESE SECTIONS IS HELD TO BE INVALID UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, THE INVALIDITY OF SUCH PORTION SHALL NOT AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF THE REMAINING PORTIONS OF THE APPLICABLE SECTIONS.

Indemnification.To the extent permitted under applicable law, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Goodwin from and against any claims, actions or demands, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising or resulting from your breach of this Agreement or your access to, use or misuse of the Content or Web Site. Goodwin shall provide notice to you of any such claim, suit, or proceeding. Goodwin reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter which is subject to indemnification under this section. In such case, you agree to cooperate with any reasonable requests assisting Goodwin’s defense of such matter. You may not settle or compromise any claim against the Goodwin Parties without Goodwin’s written consent.

Termination of the Agreement.

Goodwin reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to restrict, suspend, or terminate this Agreement and your access to all or any part of the Web Site or the Content at any time and for any reason without prior notice or liability. Goodwin reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of the Web Site or the Content at any time without prior notice or liability. Any suspected fraudulent, abusive, or illegal activity that may be grounds for termination of your use of the Web Site, may be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities. Goodwin may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue or modify the Web Site, the Content, or any part thereof, with or without notice.

Upon any expiration or termination of this Agreement, Sections 2 (Use of the Web Site), 3 (Disclaimer of Warranties), 4 (Limitation of Liability), 5 (Indemnification), 6 (Termination of the Agreement), 8 (Dispute Resolution by Binding Arbitration), and 10 (Miscellaneous) shall survive in full force and effect according to their terms.

U.S. Government Restricted Rights. The Content is provided with “RESTRICTED RIGHTS.”Use, duplication, or disclosure by the Government is subject to the restrictions contained in 48 CFR 52.227-19 and 48 CFR 252.227-7013 et seq. or its successor. Use of the Web Site or Content by the Government constitutes acknowledgement of our proprietary rights in the Web Site and Content.

Dispute Resolution By Binding Arbitration.

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY AS IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS.

Agreement to Arbitrate. This Dispute Resolution by Binding Arbitration section is referred to in these Terms of Service as the “Arbitration Agreement.” You agree that any and all disputes or claims that have arisen or may arise between you and Goodwin, whether arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service (including any alleged breach thereof), the Web Site, any advertising, or any aspect of the relationship or transactions between us, will be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration, rather than a court, in accordance with the terms of this Arbitration Agreement, except that you may assert individual claims in small claims court, if your claims qualify. Further, this Arbitration Agreement does not preclude you from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state, or local agencies, and such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against us on your behalf. You agree that, by entering into these Terms of Service, you and Goodwin are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. Your rights will be determined by a neutral arbitrator, not a judge or jury. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement.

Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized ReliefYOU AND GOODWIN AGREE THAT EACH OF US MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PROCEEDING. UNLESS BOTH YOU AND GOODWIN AGREE OTHERWISE, THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE OR JOIN MORE THAN ONE PERSON’S OR PARTY’S CLAIMS AND MAY NOT OTHERWISE PRESIDE OVER ANY FORM OF A CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE, OR CLASS PROCEEDING. ALSO, THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD RELIEF (INCLUDING MONETARY, INJUNCTIVE, AND DECLARATORY RELIEF) ONLY IN FAVOR OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTY SEEKING RELIEF AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO PROVIDE RELIEF NECESSITATED BY THAT PARTY’S INDIVIDUAL CLAIM(S), EXCEPT THAT YOU MAY PURSUE A CLAIM FOR AND THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD PUBLIC INJUNCTIVE RELIEF UNDER APPLICABLE LAW TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED FOR THE ENFORCEABILITY OF THIS PROVISION.

Pre-Arbitration Dispute Resolution. Goodwin is always interested in resolving disputes amicably and efficiently, and most user concerns can be resolved quickly and to the user’s satisfaction by emailing Goodwin’s officer of the general counsel at joannaweiss@goodwinlaw.com. If such efforts prove unsuccessful, a party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a written Notice of Dispute (“Notice”). The Notice to Goodwin should be sent to joannaweiss@goodwinlaw.com (“Notice Address”). The Notice must (i) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and (ii) set forth the specific relief sought. If Goodwin and you do not resolve the claim within sixty (60) calendar days after the Notice is received, you or Goodwin may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by Goodwin or you will not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which you or Goodwin is entitled.

Arbitration Procedures. Arbitration will be conducted by a neutral arbitrator in accordance with the American Arbitration Association’s (“AAA”) rules and procedures, including the AAA’s Consumer Arbitration Rules (collectively, the “AAA Rules”), as modified by this Arbitration Agreement. For information on the AAA, please visit its website, http://www.adr.org. Information about the AAA Rules and fees for consumer disputes can be found at the AAA’s consumer arbitration page, https://www.adr.org/consumer. If there is any inconsistency between any term of the AAA Rules and any term of this Arbitration Agreement, the applicable terms of this Arbitration Agreement will control unless the arbitrator determines that the application of the inconsistent Arbitration Agreement terms would not result in a fundamentally fair arbitration. The arbitrator must also follow the provisions of these Terms of Service as a court would. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including issues relating to the scope, enforceability, and arbitrability of this Arbitration Agreement. Although arbitration proceedings are usually simpler and more streamlined than trials and other judicial proceedings, the arbitrator can award the same damages and relief on an individual basis that a court can award to an individual under these Terms of Service and applicable law. Decisions by the arbitrator are enforceable in court and may be overturned by a court only for very limited reasons.

Unless Goodwin and you agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in a reasonably convenient location for both parties with due consideration of their ability to travel and other pertinent circumstances. If the parties are unable to agree on a location, the determination will be made by AAA. If your claim is for $10,000 or less, Goodwin agrees that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator will issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based.

Costs of Arbitration. Payment of all filing, administration, and arbitrator fees (collectively, the “Arbitration Fees”) will be governed by the AAA Rules, unless otherwise provided in this Arbitration Agreement. To the extent any Arbitration Fees are not specifically allocated to either Goodwin or you under the AAA Rules, Goodwin and you shall split them equally; provided that if you are able to demonstrate to the arbitrator that you are economically unable to pay your portion of such Arbitration Fees or if the arbitrator otherwise determines for any reason that you should not be required to pay your portion of any Arbitration Fees, Goodwin will pay your portion of such fees. In addition, if you demonstrate to the arbitrator that the costs of arbitration will be prohibitive as compared to the costs of litigation, Goodwin will pay as much of the Arbitration Fees as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the arbitration from being cost-prohibitive. Any payment of attorneys’ fees will be governed by the AAA Rules.

Confidentiality. All aspects of the arbitration proceeding, and any ruling, decision, or award by the arbitrator, will be strictly confidential for the benefit of all parties.

Severability. If a court or the arbitrator decides that any term or provision of this Arbitration Agreement (other than the Section 8.2 above titled “Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief” above) is invalid or unenforceable, the parties agree to replace such term or provision with a term or provision that is valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of the invalid or unenforceable term or provision, and this Arbitration Agreement will be enforceable as so modified. If a court or the arbitrator decides that any of the provisions of Section 8.2 above titled “Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief” are invalid or unenforceable, then the entirety of this Arbitration Agreement will be null and void, unless such provisions are deemed to be invalid or unenforceable solely with respect to claims for public injunctive relief. The remainder of these Terms of Service will continue to apply.

Future Changes to Arbitration Agreement. Notwithstanding any provision in these Terms of Service to the contrary, Goodwin agrees that if it makes any future change to this Arbitration Agreement (other than a change to the Notice Address) while you are a user of the Web Site, you may reject any such change by sending Goodwin written notice within thirty (30) calendar days of the change to the Notice Address provided above. By rejecting any future change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any dispute between us in accordance with the language of this Arbitration Agreement as of the date you first accepted these Terms of Service (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms of Service).]

Legal Information. All Content is for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal developments. The Content of this Web Site may be considered advertising for legal services under the laws and rules of professional conduct of the jurisdictions in which we practice. The Content is not offered as legal or any other advice on any particular matter. Any opinions expressed through the Content of this Site are the opinions of the particular author and may not reflect the opinions of Goodwin or any individual lawyer. The transmission and receipt of information contained on the Web Site, in whole or in part, or communication with Goodwin via the Internet or e-mail through this Web Site is not intended to create and does not constitute a lawyer-client relationship between you and Goodwin. You should not send us any confidential information in response to this Web Site. Such responses will not create a lawyer-client relationship, and whatever you disclose to us will not be privileged or confidential unless we have agreed to act as your legal counsel and you have executed a written engagement agreement with Goodwin. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any Content included in the Web Site without seeking the appropriate legal or professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue. Goodwin expressly disclaims all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all the Content of this Web Site.

Miscellaneous. This Agreement (together with the terms incorporated by reference herein) is governed by the internal substantive laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without respect to its conflict of laws provisions. With respect to any disputes or claims not subject to arbitration, as set forth above, you and Goodwin expressly submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located within Suffolk County, Massachusetts. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Web Site or these Terms of Service must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. You shall comply with all laws, rules and regulations which are now or hereinafter promulgated by any government authority or agency which govern or apply to the operation and use of the Site. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you expressly agree to comply with such restrictions and not to export or re-export any of the Content to countries or persons prohibited under the export control laws of the United States. A printed version of these Terms of Service and of any notice given in electronic form will be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to these Terms of Service to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. Failure of Goodwin to act on or enforce any provision of the Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of that provision or any other provision in this Agreement. No waiver shall be effective against Goodwin unless made in writing, and no such waiver shall be construed as a waiver in any other or subsequent instance. Except as expressly agreed by Goodwin and you, this Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between you and Goodwin with respect to the subject matter, and supercedes all previous or contemporaneous agreements, whether written or oral, between the parties with respect to the subject matter. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use External Sites, third-party content or third-party software. The section headings are provided merely for convenience and shall not be given any legal import. This Agreement will inure to the benefit of our successors, assigns, licensees, and sublicensees. Any information submitted or provided by you to the Web Site might be publicly accessible. Important and private information should be protected by you. Goodwin is not liable for protection of privacy of electronic mail or other information transferred through the Internet or any other network that you may use.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement of Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP for the financial year ended 30 September 2021.

See previous statements:

General

Goodwin practices law in Belgium through Goodwin Procter (Belgium) LLP, a limited liability partnership established under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America and is registered with the Belgium Crossroads Bank of Enterprises with registration number 0788.922.180.  Goodwin Procter (Belgium) LLP has its registered office at 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210, United States of America.

Contact

Goodwin Procter (Belgium) LLP can be contacted at its branch office in Brussels as follows:

Square de Meeûs 37,
4th Floor/Office 606,
B-1000 Brussels
Email: sjordan@goodwinlaw.com

The chair of the Brussels office is Sarah Jordan.

Professional Rules

The lawyers of Goodwin Procter (Belgium) LLP who are based in the Brussels office are registered on the A-list (“Tableau”), of the Dutch-language section of the Brussels Bar Association (“NOAB”) and are subject to the Brussels Bar ethical and professional rules of conduct.

The Belgium Bar ethical and professional rules of conduct are available on the NOAB website and can be accessed by the following link: https://www.baliebrussel.be/foreign-lawyers-2/ethical-and-professional-rules/.

Complaints

Goodwin Procter (Belgium) LLP is committed to providing the highest quality services to all of our clients. However, if you have any concerns or complaints regarding the amount of our fees or expenses or the quality or effectiveness of our services, or the terms of our engagement, please contact the relevant partner so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

If we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves, you may have the right to take your complaint the President of the Brussels Bar, Dutch language section or NOAB (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel) to obtain an advice, file a formal complaint, or to initiate a dispute resolution procedure.  For more information, please see the NOAB website which can be accessed by the following link: https://www.baliebrussel.be/wat-bij-onenigheid-met-mijn-advocaat/?lang=en).

Insurance

Goodwin Procter (Belgium) LLP maintains professional indemnity insurance covering the activities of Goodwin Procter (Belgium) LLP.  In addition, the lawyers of Goodwin Procter (Belgium) LLP registered with Belgium Bar benefit from the professional liability insurance required and organised by NOAB with the insurer being Amlin Europe NV.

General

Goodwin Procter practices law in France through Goodwin Procter (France) LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (with registered number OC411289) and  registered with the Paris Bar Association (Barreau de Paris) pursuant to Directive 98/5/CE in France.

A list of the names of the members of Goodwin Procter (France) LLP (who are solicitors of England and Wales and registered foreign lawyers) is available for inspection at the registered office and at the Paris office (details of which are set out below).  Members based in the Paris office are avocats à la Cour, registered with the Paris Bar Association (Barreau de Paris).

Lawyers based in the Paris office are subject to regulation by the Paris Bar Association (Barreau de Paris) and/or by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

In connection with the provision of legal services in England and Wales, Goodwin Procter (France) LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA number 629418) and the legal and regulatory provisions set out in connection with Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP in the section relating to the United Kingdom below apply equally to Goodwin Procter (France) LLP.

Contact

Goodwin Procter (France) LLP can be contacted at its registered office as follows:

100 Cheapside
London EC2V 6DY
Phone +44(0) 20.7447.4200
Fax +44(0) 20.7447.4201
Email: devans@goodwinlaw.com

Or at its branch office in Paris as follows:
12 rue d’Astorg
75008 Paris
France
Phone +33 1 86 26 11 92
Email mbloch@goodwinlaw.com

The chairman of the Paris office is Maxence Bloch.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Goodwin Procter (France) LLP is registered for VAT purposes in France with VAT registration number FR 26 821 859 212.

Professional Rules

The “Internal Rules of the Paris Bar” (Règlement Intérieur du Barreau de Paris) published by the National Bars Council (Conseil National des Barreaux) sets out the rules and principles of professional conduct for practising lawyers (avocats) in Paris and can be accessed via the Paris Bar Association’s website using the following link: www.avocatparis.org

Complaints

The Paris Bar Association (Barreau de Paris) provides various procedures for dispute resolution.  Details of the procedures can be obtained from the Paris Bar Association (Barreau de Paris), at www.avocatparis.org (exercise de la profession/textes sur la profession/décret no.91-1197). For information about disciplinary procedures which can be launched by the Paris Bar Association (Barreau de Paris) at the suit of any interested person, see www.avocatparis.org.

Anti-Money Laundering

In France there are several pieces of legislation aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing and enabling prosecutions to be brought, including the French Monetary and Financial Code (Code monétaire et financier) and the French Criminal Code (Code pénal).  These laws, together with other supporting legislation such as Order No. 2016-1635 (Ordonnance n° 2016-1635 du 1er décembre 2016 renforçant le dispositif français de lutte contre le blanchiment et le financement du terrorisme), impose certain controls on financial businesses and law firms.

We are obligated to undertake detailed client due diligence on, and ongoing monitoring of, new and existing clients which includes due diligence on connected parties such as the beneficial owners of a client. Accordingly, we ask clients to provide promptly any identification and verification information we request. We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations.

We may also be obliged to report to the relevant authorities (such as TRACFIN (Traitement du Renseignement et Action Contre les Circuits Financiers Clandestins)) if at any time we become aware of or suspect (whether from the client concerned or any other person) the existence of the proceeds of a crime in relation to any services in which we are engaged. In certain circumstances our obligation to make a report will override our duty of lawyer – client confidentiality and we may not be permitted to inform the client concerned whether or not we have made, or might intend to make, such a report.

We may terminate the provision of any services to a client, or be instructed to do so by the relevant authorities, or allow any competent regulatory body to implement a verification procedure, if that client fails to provide evidence of identity or if we suspect that the client or any other party connected with the client or with the matter is involved in activities prescribed by the anti-money laundering or counter-terrorist financing legislation.

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This information is provided pursuant to section 5 of the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz/ TMG) and section 2 of the German Ordinance on Service Providers’ Duty to Inform (Diestleistungs-Informationspflichten-Verordnung/DL-InfoV).

General

Goodwin practices law in Germany through Goodwin Procter LLP, a limited liability partnership established under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America. The personal liability of our partners is limited to the extent provided by law. Goodwin Procter LLP has its principal office at 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210, United States of America.

Contact

Goodwin Procter LLP can be contacted as follows:

Frankfurt Office: 
TaunusTurm
Taunustor 1
60310 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
Phone  +49 (0)69 6677 38500
Fax +49 (0)69 6677 38600
Email: skock@goodwinlaw.com

The chairman (and legal representative) of the Frankfurt office is Dr. Stephan Kock.

Munich Office:
Max-Joseph-Straße 2
80333 München
Germany
Phone +49 (0)89 2620 24200
Fax +49 (0)89 2620 24399
Email: JSchinkoeth@goodwinlaw.com

The chairman (and legal representative) of the Munich office is Jan Schinköth.

The Data Protection Officer (Datenschutzbeauftragter) for the German offices, appointed in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Data Protection Act of 30 June 2017, is Dimitar Morfov.  He can be contacted at +49 (0)69 6677 38607 and dpo.germany@goodwinlaw.com.

Professional Titles and Bar Admissions

Unless otherwise stated in their website biographies, all our lawyers in Germany are admitted in the Federal Republic of Germany to practice as lawyers (Rechtsanwalt / Rechtsanwältin) and are members of their relevant local Bar in Germany (Rechtsanwaltskammer) in their respective locationThe contact details for these Bars are as follows:

Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main
Bockenheimer Anlage 36
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
http://www.rak-ffm.de

Rechtsanwaltskammer München
Tal 33
80331 München
Germany
http://www.rak-muenchen.de

Foreign lawyers admitted in other jurisdictions and based in Germany may be subject to regulation by the relevant bar or regulatory body in their place of admission.

Lawyers also admitted as tax advisers (Steuerberater) are admitted within the Federal Republic of Germany to practice as tax advisers and are members of their relevant local tax Bar in Germany (Steuerberaterkammer) in their respective location.  The contact details for these Bars are as follows:

Steuerberaterkammer Hessen
Bleichstraße 1
60313 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
http://www.stbk-hessen.de

Steuerberaterkammer München
Nederlinger Straße 9
80638 München
Germany
http://www.steuerberaterkammer-muenchen.de 

Professional Rules

The following provisions on occupational law apply:

for lawyers:

BRAO – Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung (Federal Lawyers' Order);

BORA – Berufsordnung für Rechtsanwälte (Professional Code for Lawyers);

FAO – Fachanwaltsordnung (Specialist Lawyers' Order);

RVG – Gesetz über die Vergütung der Rechtsanwältinnen und Rechtsanwälte (Act for the Remuneration of Lawyers);

Berufsregeln der Rechtsanwälte der Europäischen Gemeinschaft (CCBE) (Professional Rules for Lawyers in the European Community); and

Gesetz über die Tätigkeit europäischer Rechtsanwälte in Deutschland (EuRAG) v. 9.3.2000 (BGBI. I S. 182) (Law Implementing the Directives of the European Community pertaining to the professional law regulating the legal profession).

The German text of these documents may be accessed via the website of the Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer. The Code of Conduct for Lawyers in the European Union may be accessed via the website of the CCBE.

These professional regulations can be found, among other places, on the website of the Federal Bar Association (https://www.bstbk.de/de/);

for tax advisers:

StBerG – Steuerberatungsgesetz (Tax Advisors Act);

DVStB - Durchführungsverordnung zum Steuerberatungsgesetz (Implementation Regulations for the Tax Advisors Act);

BOStB - Berufsordnung der Bundessteuerberatungskammer (Professional Code for Tax Advisors); and

StBGebV – Steuerberatergebührenverordnung (Tax Advisor Costs Order).

These professional regulations can be found, among other places, on the website of the German Federal Chamber of Tax Advisors (http://www.bstbk.de/de) under the heading “Weiterführende Links”.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Goodwin Procter LLP is registered for VAT purposes in Germany with VAT identification number DE303788105.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

To comply with the professional requirements in Germany, Goodwin Procter LLP has a professional indemnity insurance for its lawyers and tax advisers with AXA Versicherung AG, Colonia-Allee 10-20, 51067 Cologne, Germany. This insurance covers activities worldwide.

The firm further holds a globally applicable professional liability insurance.

Anti-Money Laundering

In Germany there are several pieces of legislation aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing and enabling prosecutions to be brought, including Gesetz über das Aufspüren von Gewinnen aus schweren Straftaten (Geldwäschegesetz - GwG) (Money Laundering Act) and the Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch). These laws impose certain controls on financial businesses and law firms.

We are obligated to undertake detailed client due diligence on, and ongoing monitoring of, new and existing clients which includes due diligence on connected parties such as beneficial owners of a client and those individuals instructing us on their behalf. Accordingly, we ask clients to provide promptly any identification and verification information we request. We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations.

We may also be obliged to report to the relevant authorities (such as the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Federal Customs Authority (Generalzolldirection)) if at any time we become aware of or suspect (whether from the client concerned or any other person) the existence of the proceeds of crime in relation to any services in which we are engaged. In certain circumstances our obligation to make a report will override our duty of lawyer – client confidentiality and we may not be permitted to inform the client concerned whether or not we have made, or might intend to make, such a report.

We may terminate the provision of any services to a client, or be instructed to do so by the relevant authorities, if that client fails to provide evidence of identity or if we suspect that the client or any other party connected with the client or with the matter is involved in activities prescribed by the anti-money laundering or counter-terrorist financing legislation.


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Allgemeines

Goodwin Procter praktiziert in Deutschland über Goodwin Procter LLP, eine gemäß dem Recht des Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika, gegründete Limited Liability Partnership. Die persönliche Haftung unserer Partner ist im gesetzlich geregelten Umfang beschränkt. Goodwin Procter LLP unterhält ihren Hauptsitz in 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika

Kontaktangaben

Sie erreichen Goodwin Procter LLP wie folgt:

TaunusTurm
Taunustor 1
60310 Frankfurt am Main
Deutschland
Telefon +49 (0) 69 6677 38500
Fax +49 (0) 69 6677 38600
E-Mail skock@goodwinlaw.com 

Der Vorsitzende (und gesetzliche Vertreter) der Niederlassung in Frankfurt ist Dr. Stephan Kock.

Datenschutzbeauftragter gemäß den Anforderungen des Bundesdatenschutzgesetzes vom 30. Juni 2017 (nach § 38 BDSG) für den Standort Frankfurt am Main ist Dimitar Morfov. Er kann unter der Telefonnummer +49 (0)69 6677 38607 sowie unter der Mailadresse dpo.frankfurt@goodwinlaw.com kontaktiert werden.

Berufsbezeichnungen und Kammerzulassung

Alle unsere in Deutschland tätigen Rechtsanwälte (ausländische Anwälte ausgenommen) sind in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland als Rechtsanwälte zugelassen und sind Mitglied der für Frankfurt am Main zuständigen Rechtsanwaltskammer. Die Adresse der Kammer lautet:

Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main
Bockenheimer Anlage 36
60322 Frankfurt am Main
http://www.rechtsanwaltskammer-ffm.de.

Rechtsanwälte, die gleichzeitig als Steuerberater tätig sind, sind in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland als Steuerberater zugelassen und sind Mitglied der für Frankfurt am Main zuständigen Steuerberaterkammer. Die Adresse der Kammer lautet:

Steuerberaterkammer Hessen
Bleichstraße 1
60313 Frankfurt am Main
http://www.stbk-hessen.de

Berufsordnungen

Es gelten die folgenden Vorschriften des Berufsrechts:

  • für Rechtsanwälte:

Diese Berufsvorschriften sind u. a. auf der Website der Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer unter (http://www.brak.de/fuer-anwaelte/berufsrecht/) zu finden.

  • für Steuerberater:

Diese Berufsvorschriften sind u. a. auf der Website der Bundessteuerberaterkammer (https://www.bstbk.de/de/) unter „Weiterführende Links“ zu finden.

Umsatzsteuer (USt)

Goodwin Procter LLP ist für Umsatzsteuerzwecke unter der USt-Identifikationsnummer DE303788105 in Deutschland registriert.

Berufshaftpflichtversicherung

Goodwin Procter LLP hat zur Erfüllung der beruflichen Anforderungen in Deutschland eine Berufshaftpflichtversicherung für ihre Anwälte und Steuerberater bei der AXA Versicherung AG, Colonia-Allee 10-20, 51067 Köln, abgeschlossen. Diese Versicherung deckt die weltweiten Aktivitäten.

Die Kanzlei hat darüber hinaus eine weltweit geltende Berufshaftpflichtversicherung.

Bekämpfung von Geldwäsche

Es gibt in Deutschland mehrere gesetzliche Vorschriften, die auf die Verhinderung von Geldwäsche und Terrorismusfinanzierung sowie die Ermöglichung der strafrechtlichen Verfolgung gerichtet sind, darunter das Gesetz über das Aufspüren von Gewinnen aus schweren Straftaten (Geldwäschegesetz - GwG) und das Strafgesetzbuch. Mit diesen Gesetzen werden Finanzinstituten und Anwaltskanzleien bestimmte Kontrollen auferlegt.

General

Goodwin Procter (Hong Kong) LLP is a Hong Kong limited liability partnership pursuant to the Hong Kong Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap 159) and is registered with and regulated by The Law Society of Hong Kong.

Lawyers based in the Hong Kong office who are admitted as solicitors in Hong Kong are regulated by The Law Society of Hong Kong. Lawyers based in the Hong Kong office who are not admitted as solicitors in Hong Kong are subject to regulation by The Law Society of Hong Kong and/or by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

Contact

Goodwin Procter (Hong Kong) LLP can be contacted as follows:

38/F Edinburgh Tower
The Landmark
Central, Hong Kong
Phone +852 3658 5300
Fax +852 2801 5515
Email: yrana@goodwinlaw.com

The chairman of the Hong Kong office is Yash Rana.

Professional Rules

The “Hong Kong Solicitors’ Guide to Professional Conduct” published by The Law Society of Hong Kong (the “Guide to Professional Conduct”) sets out the rules and principles of professional conduct for practicing solicitors and can be accessed by the following link:

http://www.hklawsoc.org.hk/pub_e/professionalguide/volume1/default.asp

Anti-Money Laundering

In Hong Kong there are several pieces of legislation aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing and enabling prosecutions to be brought, including the Drug Trafficking (Recovery of Proceeds) Ordinance (Cap. 405), the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 455), the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance (Cap. 575), and the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance (Cap. 615).

Under Practice Direction P of the Guide to Professional Conduct we are obligated to undertake detailed client due diligence on, and ongoing monitoring of, new and existing clients which includes due diligence on connected parties such as the beneficial owners of a client. Accordingly, we ask clients to provide promptly any identification and verification information we request. We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations.

We may also be obliged to report to the relevant authorities (such as the Joint Financial Intelligence Unit, the Police, Customs & Excise or the Independent Commission Against Corruption) if at any time we become aware of or suspect (whether from the client concerned or any other person) the existence of the proceeds of drug trafficking and other indictable offices in relation to any services in which we are engaged. In certain circumstances our obligation to make a report will override our duty of lawyer – client confidentiality and we may not be permitted to inform the client concerned whether or not we have made, or might intend to make, such a report.

We may terminate the provision of any services to a client, or be instructed to do so by the relevant authorities, if that client fails to provide evidence of identity or if we suspect that the client or any other party connected with the client or with the matter is involved in activities prescribed by the anti-money laundering or counter-terrorist financing legislation.

General

Goodwin practices law in Luxembourg through Goodwin Procter (Luxembourg), a société à responsabilité limitée (private limited liability company) established under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the purpose of providing legal services.  It is registered with the Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register under number B230515 and admitted to List VI of the Luxembourg Bar Association (l’Ordre des Avocats du Barreau de Luxembourg). 

A list of authorized signatories of Goodwin Procter (Luxembourg) can be provided on request.

Lawyers based in our Luxembourg office are avocats à la Cour or foreign lawyers registered with the Luxembourg Bar Association.

Contact

Goodwin Procter (Luxembourg) can be contacted at its registered office as follows:

40 Avenue Monterey
L-2163 Luxembourg
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg 
Phone +352 27 47 56 34 01
Email: 
aarmstrongcerfontaine@goodwinlaw.com

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Goodwin Procter (Luxembourg) is registered for VAT purposes in Luxembourg with VAT registration number LU31487077.

Professional Rules

The regulatory provisions applicable to members of the Luxembourg Bar Association can be found on its website at www.barreau.lu/le-metier-d-avocat/la-deontologie.

Complaints

Goodwin Procter (Luxembourg) is committed to providing the highest quality service to all our clients.  However, if you have any concerns or complaints regarding the amount of our fees or expenses or the quality or effectiveness of our services, or the terms of our engagement, please contact either the relevant matter partner or your relationship partner (if different). 

If we are unable to resolve a problem, you may refer the matter to the Luxembourg Bar Association.  Details are available via its website at www.barreau.lu.

Anti-money laundering

In Luxembourg there are several pieces of legislation aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing and enabling prosecutions to be brought, including the two laws of 17 July 2008 and the law of 13 January 2019.  These laws impose certain controls on financial businesses and law firms.

We are obligated to undertake detailed client due diligence on, and ongoing monitoring of, new and existing clients which includes due diligence on connected parties such as the beneficial owners of a client.  Accordingly, we ask clients to provide promptly any identification and verification information we request.  We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations.

We may also be obliged to report to the relevant authorities (such as the Bâtonnier de L’Ordre des Avocats and the Cellule de renseignement financier) if at any time we become aware of or suspect (whether from the client concerned or any other person) the existence of the proceeds of a crime in relation to any services in which we are engaged.  In certain circumstances our obligation to make a report will override our duty of lawyer – client confidentiality (professional secrecy) and we may not be permitted to inform the client concerned whether or not we have made, or might intend to make, such a report.

We may terminate the provision of any services to a client, or be instructed to do so by the relevant authorities, or allow any competent regulatory body to implement a verification procedure, if that client fails to provide evidence of identity or if we suspect that the client or any other party connected with the client or with the matter is involved in activities prescribed by the anti-money laundering or counter-terrorist financing legislation.

General

Goodwin Procter (Singapore) LLP is a limited liability partnership established in the Republic of Singapore under (UEN number T22LL0537J). 

Goodwin Procter (Singapore) LLP is licensed by the Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Singapore to practise law in Singapore as a licensed Foreign Law Practice (“FLP”) under the Legal Profession Act 1966 (“LPA”).

The lawyers based in the Singapore office are subject to regulation by the LPA and its subsidiary legislation (including but not limited the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct) Rules 2015), the Law Society of Singapore and/or by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission and/or registration.

Contact

Goodwin Procter (Singapore) LLP can be contacted at its registered office as follows:

21 Collyer Quay
12W102
Singapore 049320
Phone: +65 6239 6800
Fax: +65 6239 6700
Email: gbarclay@goodwinlaw.com

The chairman of the Singapore office is Gregory T. Barclay.

The Data Protection Officer for the Singapore office, appointed in accordance with the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012, is  Mr Lionel Tan.  He can be contacted at lionel.tan@rajahtann.com.

Professional Rules

The Legal Profession (Professional Conduct) Rules 2015 governing the conduct of an FLP and its lawyers can be accessed by the following link:

Legal Profession (Professional Conduct) Rules 2015 - Singapore Statutes Online (agc.gov.sg)

A list of the latest Practice Directions and Guidance Notes issued by the Council of the Law Society of Singapore also sets out the ethics and professional responsibilities of law practices and practicing solicitors and can be accessed by the following link:

https://www.lawsociety.org.sg/for-lawyers/ethics-and-professional-responsibility/

Anti-Money Laundering

In Singapore the key pieces of legislation aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing which are applicable to lawyers and law practices are the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act 1992 (“CDSA”), the LPA and the Legal Profession (Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism) Rules 2015 (“PMLR”).

Under Part 2 of the PMLR, Section 70C of the LPA and the Law Society of Singapore’s Practice Direction 3.2.1, we are obligated to undertake detailed client due diligence on, and ongoing monitoring of, new and existing clients which includes due diligence on connected parties such as the beneficial owners of a client. Accordingly, we ask clients to provide promptly any identification and verification information we request. Subject to applicable laws and guidelines, we may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations.

We may also be obliged to report to either or both of the following: (i) a Suspicious Transaction Reporting Officer (as defined in the CDSA) (with regard to money laundering) and/or (ii) a police officer or Commercial Affairs Officer (appointed under section 64 of the Police Force Act 2004) (with regard to the financing of terrorism) if at any time we become aware of or suspect (whether from the client concerned or any other person) that a client may be engaged in money laundering or the financing of terrorism. In certain circumstances our obligation to make a report will override our duty as a lawyer in respect of client confidentiality and we may not be permitted to inform the client concerned whether or not we have made, or might intend to make, such a report.

We may terminate the provision of any services to a client, or be instructed to do so by the relevant authorities, if that client fails to provide evidence of identity or if we suspect that the client or any other party connected with the client or with the matter is involved in activities prescribed by the relevant anti-money laundering or counter-terrorist financing legislation.

General

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (with registered number OC362294) and is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (the “SRA”) (SRA number 564695).

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP is not authorized or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) but it is an ancillary insurance intermediary, included on the register maintained by the FCA so that it can carry on insurance distribution activity, which is broadly the advising on, selling and administration of insurance contracts. This part of our business, including redress if something goes wrong, is also regulated by the SRA. The register can be accessed via the FCA website at www.fca.org.uk/firms/financial-services-register.

Lawyers based in our London and Cambridge offices who are admitted as solicitors in England and Wales are regulated by the SRA. Lawyers based in these offices who are not admitted as solicitors in England and Wales are subject to regulation by the SRA and/or by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

Contact

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP can be contacted at its registered office as follows:

100 Cheapside
London EC2V 6DY
Phone +44 (0)20 7447 4200
Fax +44 (0)20 7447 4201
Email:  groberts@goodwinlaw.com and apathak@goodwinlaw.com

The co-chairs of the London office are Gemma Roberts and Ajay Pathak.

Or at its branch office in Cambridge as follows:

50-60 Station Road
CambridgeCB1 2JH
Phone +44 (0)1 223 645000

The chair of the Cambridge office is David Mardle

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP is registered for VAT purposes in the United Kingdom with VAT registration number GB 941 7229 21.

Professional Rules

The SRA Standards and Regulations, which include the Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs, set out the rules and principles of professional conduct, and can be accessed via the following link: https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/standards-regulations.

Diversity Data

Workforce diversity data for Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP, which we collect biennially in line with our regulatory obligations, is available in aggregate form upon request, please contact Katie Gledhill our Managing Director of Human Resources (Europe and Asia). 

Email: KGledhill@goodwinlaw.com
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7447 4809 

Complaints

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP is committed to providing the highest quality services to all of our clients. However, if you have any concerns or complaints regarding the amount of our fees or expenses or the quality or effectiveness of our services, or the terms of our engagement, please contact either the relevant matter partner or your relationship partner (if different), so that we can do our best to resolve the problem. We have a complaints handling procedure which is available on request if you would like to make a formal complaint.

If we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves, you may have the right to take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman (the “LeO”). The LeO will consider complaints from members of the public, very small businesses, a charity club or organisation with an annual net income of less than £1 million or a trust with a net asset value of less than £1 million.You must bring a complaint to the LeO within 6 months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint. Additionally, you must make the complaint to the LeO within 6 years from the problem arising or 3 years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint. 

Contact details for the LeO:

If your complaint relates to regulatory matters such as a failure to comply with the SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, the SRA Code of Conduct for Firms or the SRA Principles, you can raise your concerns with the SRA. 

Contact details for the SRA:

You may also be entitled to object to an invoice rendered by us by applying to the court for an assessment of the invoice under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. However, the LeO may not deal with a compliant about an invoice if you have applied to the court for an assessment of that invoice.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

In accordance with the disclosure requirements of the Provision of Services Regulations 2009, details of Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP’s compulsory professional indemnity insurance in England and Wales are as follows. Our insurer is Mosaic Syndicate 1609. The insurance extends to acts or omissions on the part of Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP wherever in the world they occur. The policy number is PSLNS22101028.

Anti-Money Laundering

In the United Kingdom there are several pieces of legislation aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing and enabling prosecutions to be brought, including the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (as amended by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005) and the Terrorism Act 2000. These laws, together with other supporting legislation such as the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017, impose certain controls on financial businesses and law firms.

We are obligated to undertake detailed client due diligence on, and ongoing monitoring of, new and existing clients which includes due diligence on connected parties such as the beneficial owners of a client. Accordingly, we ask clients to provide promptly any identification and verification information we request. We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations.

We may also be obliged to report to the relevant authorities (such as the National Crime Agency or Action Fraud) if at any time we become aware of or suspect (whether from the client concerned or any other person) the existence of the proceeds of a crime (however minor) in relation to any services in which we are engaged. In certain circumstances our obligation to make a report will override our duty of lawyer – client confidentiality and we may not be permitted to inform the client concerned whether or not we have made, or might intend to make, such a report.

We may terminate the provision of any services to a client, or be instructed to do so by the relevant authorities, if that client fails to provide evidence of identity or if we suspect that the client or any other party connected with the client or with the matter is involved in activities prescribed by the anti-money laundering or counter-terrorist financing legislation.

Handling of Client Funds and Accounting for Interest

Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP will, at the request of clients and at our discretion, receive, hold and transfer funds relating to matters on which we are engaged. How we handle client funds is governed by the SRA Accounts Rules. A copy of our policy relating to client funds and the payment of interest is available on request.

General

Goodwin Procter LLP is a limited liability partnership established under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America.

Contact

Goodwin Procter LLP can be contacted as follows:

100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
Phone +1 617 570 1000
Fax + 617 523 1231

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Anti-Money Laundering

If your matter requires the involvement of lawyers from our offices outside the United States, it may be necessary for us to use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations pursuant to the laws and regulations of the relevant jurisdictions. This will be the case whether or not you are a longstanding client of the firm.