Cookie Policy

Brown Shipley Cookies

Our website uses cookies. A cookie is a small harmless file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer, if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, they help us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allow us to improve our site. Cookies improve your browsing experience by:

  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering information you’ve given (e.g. your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs

They improve things by measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs. Our cookies aren't used to identify you personally. They're just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

How we use cookies

Our site uses cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Brown Shipley Online (BS Online)

The Cookies used in BS online are necessary to ensure the functionality of the website and to allow data to be passed between different online web pages, ultimately the cookies are used to keep your information safe and secure when using BS Online. The following list identifies the cookies used:

Cookie Name Expires
Tan cookie When you close your browser or timeout session (15 minutes)
JSESSIONID When you close your browser or timeout session (15 minutes)
_pk_id 2 years
_pk_ses 30 minutes


Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do things better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Cookie Name Expires
_utma 2 years
_utmb 30 minutes
_utmc when you close your browser
_utmx 2 years

Google's privacy policy is available at:

AddThis cookies

We use AddThis, a popular social bookmarking toolbar, to allow you to share content such as news releases via social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. It uses cookies to find out how pages are shared so website owners can find out what their visitors like, and it may also use that data to deliver tailored advertising on other websites you go on to visit.

When you share content via social media, these sites may set a cookie if you are also logged in to their service. We don't control third party cookies but we recommend you visit the relevant website for more information.

Cookie Name Expires
AUTH_TOKEN When you close your browser

Twitter Cookies

Twitter may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to improve their service including understanding user interaction, monitor aggregate usage and web traffic routing. Twitter's privacy policy page.

Cookie Name Expires
7 days
guest_id 2 years
original_referer End of Session (Date not set)
external_referer 1 day
_twitter_sess End of Session (Date not set)

YouTube Cookies

YouTube uses cookies to help maintain the integrity of video statistics and prevent fraud. As the Brown Shipley site develops we may introduce some video content from our official Brown Shipley YouTube channel; when we do this, we use the privacy-enhanced mode which means YouTube can't set a cookie unless a user clicks on the video to begin playback.

Cookie Name Expires
End of Session (Date not set)
PREF 3650 days

LinkedIn Cookies

LinkedIn cookie, introduced by the LinkedIn share button. Used to track which pages the user visits to collect them. For more information visit LinkedIn's privacy policy page.

Cookie Name Expires
Less than one day
JSESSIONID Date not set
bcookie 730 days
visit 730 days
PersistenceCookie Less than one day
NSC_MC_QH_MFP Less than one day
lang Date not set
leo_auth_token Less than one day
NSC_MC_WT_DTQ_IUUQ Less than one day

Storing your preferences

Our site may in the future allow us to provide you with options to improve your visit – remembering information you put into a form for example. Currently the site sets a master cookie which identifies you from page to page to enable these features to happen. However, currently no data is stored or used by this cookie.

Cookie Name Expires
SESS 1 month

Enabling a better experience

Our site uses a technology called JavaScript to make the way things look more pleasing on the page. The site identifies if your browser has JavaScript enabled and then sets a cookie so that it knows this is the case for the duration of your visit.

Cookie Name Expires
Has_js When you close your browser

Giving you a mobile experience

Our site checks to see if you are using a browser on your mobile device. If so, we provide you with a version of the site that is easier to read and use on a smaller screen. The site then sets a cookie so that every page is then delivered in the mobile version.

Cookie Name Expires
Mobileplugin group When you close your browser

How can you manage your cookies?

Browser settings: Most browsers can be altered to prevent your computer from accepting cookies, although this may mean that some of the features of this site (and other sites) will not work properly and may restrict your user experience.

These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.

Turn off anonymous Google Analytics cookies: You can install a Google Analytics browser "plug in" to prevent the website sending information about your visit to Google Analytics. More information about this can be found below.

Useful Links

If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit