Location-specific laws and regulations
White & Case is a global law firm comprising a network of entities affiliated with or controlled by White & Case LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in the State of New York in the United States of America. The locations of our offices can be found at www.whitecase.com/locations
Consistent with our professional responsibilities and applicable law, White & Case is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of information pertaining to its clients, potential clients, their affiliates and affiliated individuals, and to adhering to the policy set out below. Reference in this policy to "your personal data" means any information that identifies, or could reasonably be used to identify, you as one of the aforementioned persons.
Use of Your Personal Data
White & Case collects and processes your personal data to facilitate the provision of our professional services, including client services, conflicts checking, billing and marketing. We may also process your personal data in order to comply with our legal obligations. Personal data includes contact details (e.g., name, work address, telephone number and email address), work history (e.g., work function, education, training and details of former employment), identification information (e.g., passport details, visa and immigration status, date and place of birth) and billing information (e.g., account numbers and tax information). We collect personal data through direct contact with our clients, potential clients, their affiliates and affiliated individuals, through subscriptions submitted to our website or other websites sponsored by White & Case and through information publicly available on websites or from subscription services.
During the course of our representation of you, we may transfer your personal data to other offices within the White & Case network to facilitate and centralize the operation of client services, conflicts checking, billing, marketing and related professional services. You should be aware that when you provide information to any individual White & Case lawyer, you are providing it to White & Case as a whole, and your information may therefore be exported to, processed in and accessed from countries whose laws provide varied levels of protection, not always equivalent to that provided in your own country. Please be assured that White & Case has adopted various procedural and technical safeguards, in accordance with European data protection law, to protect your data within our global network.
Access by Third Parties
Consistent with our professional and ethical obligations, White & Case may allow others to access your information in order to process data on our behalf in connection with the conduct of our business or where disclosure of your information is in your interest or is otherwise permitted, required or authorized under applicable law.
Prior to allowing any third party access to your information for the purpose of conducting our business, White & Case will take all reasonable steps to ensure that such third party enjoys a sound business reputation and provides at least the same level of privacy protection that we offer to our clients.
How to Access Your Personal Data
If you have any questions about our use of your personal data (including categories of third parties to whom your personal data has been disclosed), or if you want to exercise your right to see a copy of, correct, erase or block the personal data we hold about you or to submit a written demand that White & Case cease processing your personal data, please click on this link to send an e-mail to our Global Privacy Officer, or contact the Local Privacy Officer in the office providing services to you. The name and contact information of the Local Privacy Officer in each of our offices can be obtained by clicking on this link. As permitted by applicable law, a nominal fee may be charged for each personal data access request that you make, and there may be a limited number of narrow exceptions to the rights set forth above.
Personal data is only collected and processed to the extent necessary for the purposes described above. White & Case updates, corrects and erases personal data on a regular basis. White & Case will store and process your data only for the term of your retention of White & Case and for a period thereafter reasonably determined by business necessity and our professional obligations to you or as may be required by law.
White & Case will work in good faith to resolve any concerns you may have about this policy and our privacy practices. We will cooperate with the relevant data protection and privacy authorities in any European Union Member State in which the White & Case network maintains an office. If White & Case fails to resolve a complaint regarding the processing of personal data, under certain circumstances the matter may be referred to the local data protection authorities in the jurisdiction of the office in which services are being provided. White & Case will work with such authorities and comply with their decisions.
White & Case provides this notice to explain its practices regarding collection and use of personal information through this website (the "Site"). White & Case may collect information from you relating to your application for employment at White & Case. We will not disclose, sell, or rent any of your identifiable personal information to any third party, unless approved by you, or required by law. White & Case may offer you access to certain information by e-mail, and may distribute your e-mail address and name to external service providers who would manage this process for us. These service providers have agreed not to sell or distribute your information to any other party. Instructions to unsubscribe will be included in each e-mail message. White & Case may share non-personal, anonymous, summary or aggregate user data with certain affiliates and other third parties. Please note that, although White & Case aims to protect your personal information against unauthorized disclosure, the firm cannot guarantee that your personal information will never be disclosed in a manner inconsistent with this policy.
Links to Other Sites
This Site contains links to this other sites. When you enter these other sites using links from Site, you are entering a site for which White & Case has no responsibility. White & Case does not control these other sites and cannot guarantee their practices regarding data privacy and security. We recommend that you read the privacy policies of those sites, which may differ from the policy of this Site.
White & Case uses a variety of security measures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, including the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, when it transmits your personal information over the Internet.
By mail at:
White & Case LLP
1155 Avenue of Americas
New York, NY 10036
Attn.: Kate Boyd
White & Case reserves the right to remove commentary on its social media channels. We will remove posts that are outside the original intent of the conversation, as well as those that are offensive or illegal. In addition, posts that drive to individual’s websites or products with the intent of personal gain, or those that disclose confidential information, will be removed.
Terms and Conditions
Effective July 1, 2004
Nature of Information and Materials
Although this Site may provide information concerning legal issues, such information is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for legal advice from qualified counsel. You agree that White & Case is not engaged in rendering legal services or advice by providing the information and materials on this Site, and that your use of the Site does not create any attorney-client relationship between you and White & Case. White & Case assumes no responsibility for any consequence relating directly or indirectly to any action or inaction you take based on the information or material on this Site. While White & Case takes reasonable measures to keep the information on this Site accurate, complete and up-to-date, White & Case will not be responsible for any damage or loss related to the inaccuracy, incompleteness or lack of timeliness of the information.
Restrictions on Use of Materials
All materials contained on this Site, and all intellectual property rights thereto, including copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade names and trade dress, are owned by White & Case or its affiliates. You agree not to copy, reproduce, republish, transmit, modify or distribute any of the materials contained on the Site, except for your personal, noncommercial use, absent the prior written approval of White & Case.
Links to Other Sites
This Site may include links to other Internet sites that are beyond the control of White & Case. White & Case is not responsible for the content of any such sites, makes no representations regarding any such sites, and does not necessarily endorse or approve of the information, material, products or services contained on or accessible through any such sites. You acknowledge and agree that your linking to other sites, your use of such sites, and your use of any information, material, products and services offered by such sites, are solely at your own risk.
The materials provided on this site are provided "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. White & Case disclaims all express and implied warranties with regard to the information and materials contained on this site, including without limitation implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.
Limitation of Liability
In no event shall White & Case, or its partners or affiliates, or contributors to this Site, be liable for any loss or injury, or any damages, whether direct, special, indirect, punitive, incidental, exemplary, consequential, or otherwise, whether based on breach of contract, tort (including negligence), product liability or otherwise, resulting from your access or use of this Site. You hereby waive any and all such claims against White & Case, its partners, affiliates, and contributors. You agree that the limitations set forth above are fundamental elements of this agreement, and that the site and its materials would not be provided to you absent such limitations. Some state statutes may restrict this limitation of liability.
Governing Law and Forum
Unless otherwise indicated, attorneys listed in this website are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. None of the attorneys listed in this website is certified as an "expert" or "specialist" pursuant to any authority governing the practice of law in any jurisdiction in the U.S.
White & Case's failure to insist upon strict enforcement of any provision of this agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.
The Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (the "Services Regulations") require certain information to be made available to clients of the Firm's London office:
Professional Liability Insurance 2009
In accordance with Regulations 8(1)(n) and 8(2) of the Services Regulations, each of White & Case LLP, White & Case (Europe) LLP and White & Case (International) LLP, as a "recognised body" regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, has in place professional indemnity insurance (the "Mandatory Policy") which complies with the requirements of the Solicitors' Indemnity Insurance Rules 2009 (the "SII Rules"). The insurer under the Mandatory Policy is Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Limited, a "Qualifying Insurer" for the purposes of the SII Rules, whose registered office is at Third Floor, Minster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7YE. The Mandatory Policy provides insurance coverage of £3 million for each and every claim. This insurance coverage is for claims brought against the insured entity wherever arising and is not therefore subject to territorial restriction.
Information about Dispute Resolution
The Firm's terms of engagement for its London office contain certain information on complaints handling. The Firm's London office has in place a written mandatory procedure which it follows in its handling of a complaint from a client. A copy of this Complaints Handling Policy will be provided to any client on request.
In certain circumstances (and as referred to in the Complaints Handling Policy) a complaint may be referred by a client to the Legal Ombudsman ("LeO") if, at the conclusion of our internal complaints handling process, a client does not consider the outcome of the matter to be satisfactory. In normal circumstances, the LeO will only investigate a matter if referred to it within six months of the conclusion of our complaints handling process (i.e. the date on which a final written response in respect of the matter is received).
Not all clients will be entitled to have their complaint considered by the LeO, as this service is only available to members of the public, very small businesses, charities, clubs and trust. For clarification as to whether the LeO will hear a complaint, to notify a complaint, or to obtain further information, the LeO's contact details can be found at www.legalombudsman.org.uk.
Client Money – Interest Policy
The Policy sets out the interest payment and banking arrangements that apply to money held by the London office of White & Case LLP on behalf of clients ("client money").
References in this policy to "White & Case LLP" or "the Firm" are to White & Case LLP, a limited liability partnership with registered number OC324340 and registered office at 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1DW.
The principal objective of this Policy is to achieve what White & Case LLP believes is a fair outcome for both the client and the Firm in relation to interest payments on client money, having regard to the particular circumstances and purpose for which such client money is held by the Firm.
When White & Case LLP receives client money, it will be paid into a general client account with NatWest Bank (a member of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group) which is the Firm's primary banker for client money (the "general client account").
The rate of interest on client money held in the general client account is in line with NatWest published rates on its client deposit manager accounts.
Interest is paid by NatWest Bank to White & Case LLP on the aggregate of all client money held in the general client account is for the benefit of White & Case LLP and will be applied by White & Case LLP to client money in accordance with this Policy.
Interest on client money held in the general client account will be at a reasonable rate determined by the Firm and applied in accordance with a client’s instructions where it is agreed by the Firm and a client that interest will be paid to that client. In the absence of such instructions, interest will be applied to the balance on closure of the matter for which the client money was held.
Interest on client money held in the general client account will not be applied or paid to a client if the interest calculated on the balance held for that client over the entire period less than £50.
Client money may be transferred from the general client account to a designated deposit account by White & Case LLP (subject to a £1,000,000 minimum) or on client request in order to achieve a better rate of interest where it is appropriate to do so, having regard to the particular circumstances.
The rates of interest on a designated deposit account will be set at the rate negotiated by White & Case LLP with that particular bank.
All interest on client money held in a designated deposit account is for the benefit of the client and interest can be paid monthly, quarterly or on closure, as agreed with the client.
Any trust money held by the Firm will be placed either in the general client account or in a designated deposit account and will be subject to the interest terms applicable to those accounts as set out in this Policy.
Any client money held in a joint account by White & Case LLP with another account holder will be held in a designated deposit account and subject to the interest terms applicable to such account as set out in this Policy, unless otherwise agreed.
White & Case LLP will ensure that client money is placed with a clearing bank which is authorised by the Financial Services Authority to accept deposits, and is held at a branch or head office in England and Wales, unless the Firm is instructed to hold the funds elsewhere.
All client money, whether held in the general client account or a designated deposit account, will be held on instant access terms unless otherwise instructed by and agreed with the client. This is consistent with the purpose for which client money will be held, namely as a necessary part of the retainer and on a short term basis in order to facilitate a transaction related to the matter on which the Firm has been retained by the client (for example, payment of filing fees). Accordingly, clients are unlikely to receive as much interest on client money as might have been obtained had the client invested the funds itself.
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) operates a deposit protection scheme providing up to £85,000 for an eligible claimant in the event of a bank failure. If the bank in which White & Case LLP holds client money should fail, the Firm will, subject to a client meeting the eligibility criteria, apply to the FSCS on the client’s behalf for compensation. The Firm is required to obtain client consent before disclosing certain account information to the FSCS, including the client’s full name and address. The FSCS will not pay compensation to an eligible claimant unless the claimant has been properly identified to the FSCS.
The Firm will not be liable to a client for any loss, damage, cost or claim suffered or incurred in connection with client money held by White & Case LLP as a result of any act, omission, fraud, delay, negligence, insolvency or default of any bank, financial institution, clearing or payments system nor as a result of any decision taken by the FSCS (including non-payment of compensation).
1. Acquisition of Personal Information
The Firm acquires personal information in a lawful and proper manner.
2. Purposes of Use of Personal Information
The Firm will use personal information for the following purposes, and will not use personal information for any other purpose without the consent of the individual concerned:
(1) to provide legal services and contact individuals in relation to these services;
(2) to provide information relating to the legal services provided by the Firm;
(3) to send greetings, information on presentations and seminars, newsletters, or other notifications relating to the Firm;
(4) to recruit lawyers or other staff and to administer personnel and work-related matters;
(5) to cooperate with the Japanese government and foreign governments;
(6) to respond to queries;
(7) to otherwise enable the Firm to perform its business in a smooth and proper manner.
3. Provision of Personal Information to Third Parties
The Firm will not provide personal information to third parties without the consent of the individuals concerned, except where laws or regulations require otherwise.
4. Joint Use of Personal Information
In order to provide our clients with a high standard of legal service, the Firm shares personal information with its affiliated legal entities for the purposes listed in item 2. White & Case Law Offices is responsible for the handling of such jointly used personal information.
5. Disclosure, Correction and Cessation of Use of Personal Information
The Firm will respond in good faith to any request to disclose, correct, add to, delete, or cease use of personal information, or to disclose the purpose for which said information is used, after first confirming that the request was indeed made by the individual concerned. Please contact the number stated below for more information.
Comments, questions, complaints and requests for disclosure relating to the Firm’s handling of personal information should be directed to the following member of our staff:
White & Case Law Offices
Phone: (81) 3-3259-0200
Established on December 1, 2008