Acceptable – Use

1. Introduction

1.1 Together with our General website terms and conditions of use, this acceptable use policy governs how you may access and use the Site. We recommend that you print a copy of this for future reference.

Please read this policy carefully before you start to use the Site. By using the Site, you agree that you accept this acceptable use policy and that you agree to abide by it. If you do not agree to this policy, you may not use the Site.

We may revise this policy at any time by amending this page. Please check this page from time to time and note any changes we make, as they are binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in this policy may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on the Site. You will be deemed to accept this policy as amended the next time you use the Site following the amendment.

BMA Law was established by the British Medical Association to support the business and personal interests of BMA members and immediate family of BMA members, BMA Group staff and the wider healthcare profession, including GP practices and networks, local medical committees and clinical commissioning groups.

1.2 Definitions

Site includes and all associated web pages;

We, us or our means BMA Law Limited company registration number 09195241 whose registered office is at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP. References to us in this policy also includes our group companies from time to time, including the BMA and the BMJ Publishing Group Limited;

You or your means the person accessing or using the Site or its Content.

2. Acceptable use

2.1 We permit you to use the Site only for personal purposes. Use of the Site in any other way, including in contravention of any restriction on use set out in this policy, is not permitted. If you do not agree with the terms of this policy, you may not use the Site.

2.2 You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the Site. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Site through your internet connection are aware of this policy, and that they comply with it.

3. Restrictions on use

3.1. As a condition of your use of the Site, you agree:

3.1.1 not to use the Site for any purpose that is unlawful under any applicable law or prohibited by this policy or our General website terms and conditions of use:

3.1.2 not to use the Site to commit any act of fraud;

3.1.3 not to use the Site to distribute viruses or malware or other similar harmful software code;

3.1.4 not to use the Site for purposes of promoting unsolicited advertising or sending spam;

3.1.5 not to use the Site to simulate communications from us or another service or entity in order to collect identity information, authentication credentials, or other information (‘phishing’);

3.1.6 not to use the Site in any manner that disrupts the operation of our Site or business or the website or business of any other entity;

3.1.7 not to use the Site in any manner that harms minors;

3.1.8 not to promote any unlawful activity;

3.1.9 not to represent or suggest that we endorse any other business, product or service unless we have separately agreed to do so in writing;

3.1.10 not to use the Site to gain unauthorised access to or use of computers, equipment, software, data, systems, accounts or networks;

31.1.11 not to attempt to circumvent password or user authentication methods;

3.1.12 to comply with the provisions relating to intellectual property rights and software contained in our General website terms and conditions of use;

3.1.13 not to delete any author attributions, legal notices or labels in any Content or Submissions; and

3.1.14 not to falsify the origin of any Content

4. Linking and framing

4.1 You may create a link to the home pages of our Site from another website without our prior written consent provided no such link:

4.1.1 creates a frame or any other browser or border environment around the content of our Site;

4.1.2 suggests any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part of your products or services or any of the products or services of, or available through, the website on which you place a link to our Site;

4.1.3 displays any of the trade marks or logos used on our Site without our permission or that of the owner of such trade marks or logos;

4.1.4 is placed on a website that itself does not meet the acceptable use requirements of this policy;

4.1.5 is established on a website not owned by you; or

4.1.16 is to any part of our Site other than the home page.

4.2 We reserve the right to require you to immediately remove any link to the Site at any time, and you shall immediately comply with any request by us to remove any such link.

4.3 We have no obligation to inform you if the address of our Site changes, nor if the content of a page changes, nor if a page is removed, and it is your responsibility to ensure that any link you provide is at all times accurate.

5. Using the name or logo of BMA Law or the BMA

You may not use our trade marks, logos or trade names except in accordance with this policy and our General website terms and conditions of use.

6. Viruses, hacking and other offences

6.1 You must not misuse our Site by introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our Site, the server on which our Site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our Site.

6.2 You must not attack our Site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. You also must not seek to access, alter or delete any information which you have not been authorised to access, or overload, spam or flood our Site, take any action to crash, delay, damage or otherwise interfere with the operation of our Site.

6.3 By breaching this provision, you may commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach of this policy, your right to use our Site will cease immediately.

6.4 We do not guarantee that our Site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.

6.5 We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our Site or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any websites linked to it. You should use your own anti virus software.

7. Intellectual property rights

7.1 Please refer to our general Website terms and conditions.

7.2 We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our Site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

7.3 You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our Site for your personal reference and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to material posted on our websites.

7.4 You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text. Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of material on our Site must always be acknowledged.

7.5 You must not use any part of the materials on our Site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.

7.6 If you print off, copy or download any part of our Site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our Site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

8. Feedback

8.1 We will act on feedback and suggestions for improvements to the Site wherever possible.

8.2 We will endeavour to respond to all correspondence directly addressed to BMA Law. Please direct any questions or requests to

8.3 We aim to respond within 48 hours; however this may not always be possible depending on the nature of the correspondence.

9. Breach

We shall apply the terms of this policy in our absolute discretion. In the event of your breach of these terms we may, in addition to potential legal procedures against you, terminate or suspend your use of the Site, or take any action we consider necessary to remedy the breach.

10. Disputes

We will try to resolve any disputes quickly and efficiently. If you are unhappy with the way we deal with any dispute and you want to take court proceedings, the relevant courts of the United Kingdom will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to the Terms. Relevant United Kingdom law will apply to these Terms.