Cookies Policy

This Cookies Policy sets out the basis on which we, Butcher & Barlow LLP, use cookies and similar technologies on or in relation to our website (our website).

About Cookies

To control which cookies are set, click Settings

What are Cookies?

Cookies are data files which are stored on a user’s computer which hold a small amount of data specific to the user and the website.  They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.

Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.

Essential cookies

These are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website and are either:

  • used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
  • strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.

Non-essential cookies

These are any cookies placed on your computer with your consent (provided by continuing to use our website with your browser settings set to accept cookies) and that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies. Examples of non-essential cookies we use on our website are:

  • Functional cookies g. which record information about the choices you have made and enhance a websites functionality.
  • Analytical cookies e.g. to track and gather data about our users

Session and persistent cookies

Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.

Session cookies: session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They are normally deleted when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if and when you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.

How to accept or reject cookies

There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below.

  • You can stop your browser from accepting cookies. However, you may find that aspects of our website will stop working or work less well if you do. We therefore do not recommend turning cookies off when using our website.
  • Your cookie settings can be changed. A web browser usually allows you to do this in the ‘preferences’.
  • To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, you can visit
  • The Internet Advertising Bureau website (Your Online Choices) which you can visit at allows you to install opt-out cookies across different advertising networks.

You should be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.

To find out more about cookies, to see what cookies have been set and how to delete them, visit


"Essential" cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas and online billing. These cookies don't gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

wordpress_test_cookieThis cookie is used by WordPress to check if cookies are enabled on the browser.
privacy_cookie_statusThis cookie is set to record the fact that a User has opted to enable cookies.
_GRECAPTCHAThis cookie is set by Google reCAPTCHA, which protects our site against spam enquiries on contact forms.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to monitor usage of the website. Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors (not by name or IP address).

__utmaThis cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.2 years from set/update.
__utmbThis cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method.30 minutes from set/update.
__utmcThis cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status.

Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie in relation to a new or expired session.

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__utmzThis cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.6 months from set/update.
__utm*Any cookies with this prefix are related to Google Analytics6 months from set/update.
_gid, _ga*Any cookies with this prefix are related to Google Universal Analytics. This cookie assigns a client identifier by generating a random number to distinguish unique users. It is used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data and is included in each page request on a site.2 years from set/update.


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