Ask scope and rules

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Acceptance of rules for Ask

These rules are the terms of use for Ask operated by Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Limited ("us, we, our"). These rules supplement the Terms for PLC from 10 January 2014 (www.practicallaw.com/3-503-2117), the Terms of use for Opinions, Discussion Forums, Blogs and Wikis (www.practicallaw.com/5-382-3064) and privacy policy (www.practicallaw.com/3-386-5597) applicable to the Practical Law website www.practicallaw.com (together, the Rules).

The Rules apply to all users. Any submission of a question, reply or any other material by you to Ask means that you accept and agree to abide by all the terms and conditions of these Rules.

References to a "post" or "posts" include questions, replies or any other submission to Ask.

 

What we will do

We will consider questions within the current scope of the relevant web service. We will endeavour to respond to questions as soon as possible but are under no obligation to respond to a question. Generally, a question will be answered within one working day of the question being submitted. We try to be as helpful as possible but because of constraints on time, our editors are normally unable to spend more than an hour on any particular question. (If the question is a specialist question and the editor(s) with the relevant expertise are not available, we may take longer than one working day to answer your question. In some cases, longer delays may occur owing to the non-availability of specialist editors for unavoidable reasons.) Questions and answers may be published to the Practical Law website.

We reserve the right, at our discretion, to edit, remove (in whole or in part) or republish any post. If a post contains information or a link that we consider should not be published, we shall be entitled to remove the information that we consider should not be published. The remainder of the post may then be published by us. Where a post has been removed (in whole or in part), subsequent posts referring to the offending post may also be removed.

Unless we state otherwise, replies to questions will be based on English law.

Our employees are not practising solicitors or barristers.

 

Asking a question

Users are encouraged to ask questions via Ask. Replies may be provided by us or any other Ask user.

Questions must be asked using the Ask question form, which is available via the "Ask a question" link on the top navigation bar and also in the "Actions" box on the right-hand side of each resource. (The "Ask a question" link replaces the "Contact the team" link in the "Actions" box).

Before submitting a question, use the search feature to check that your question has not already been answered on the Practical Law website.

You must not provide any confidential information to us, including any details that might identify a matter or parties to it.

Your question must be a general question about the law and/or practice. You should not seek legal advice.

By submitting a question you agree that it (together with any follow up correspondence on the question) may be published by us on the Practical Law website where it will be available for view and comment by all Practical Law users. Your question will be published anonymously. Your question may be moderated and amended before publication (including the addition of a title).

Any response to a question is not legal advice. No lawyer-client relationship is created between the person asking the question and the person answering it or between the person asking the question and us. Where appropriate, those asking questions should consult their own lawyers for legal advice.

The views in any post submitted by someone other than one of our employees, are those of the person who submitted it.

 

Replying to a question

Users are encouraged to reply to questions raised by other users that are posted on Ask and to add further comment to existing posts.

Posts must be made using the "Add reply" form at the end of each Ask resource. You must be logged in with your individual password to post a reply.

By submitting a post you agree to it being published on the Practical Law website where it will be available for view and comment by all users. Your post may be moderated and amended in accordance with these Rules.

You must not provide any confidential information to us, including any details that might identify a matter or parties to it.

Your post should not provide legal advice but provide general information about the topic. Do not ask for specifics from the person asking the question or any information that may identify a matter or parties to it.

If you wish your identity to be displayed, please tick the "Display my name and organisation" box on the "Add reply" form. If you do not tick this box, you will be shown as "Anonymous".

You are responsible for complying with any legal or regulatory requirements that apply to you.

 

Changes to these rules

We may revise these Rules at any time. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we may make, as they are legally binding on you.

 
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