One of the main benefits of ACID Membership is access, through the specialist Legal Affiliates section, to initial free advice on contentious and non contentious intellectual property issues. ACID members may take this free advice with no further involvement, use their own solicitor or alternatively, take advantage of specially negotiated hourly rates provided specifically for ACID Members by Legal Affiliates in the order of a reduction on the fees which non-members would pay. Supported by Howard Kennedy, Boult Wade Tennant, McDaniel & Co, Stone King, Taylors and Burness Paull.
Our teams of ACID Legal Affiliates are all independent from ACID and we will not be part of your interaction with them. You can contact them as many times as you like for free initial advice as long as these are on separate issues. If you do use up your free initial time period or need to engage a Legal Affiliate for legal services you will enter into a client arrangement with them which is totally confidential. ACID cannot pay, or contribute to, any legal fees incurred in private client arrangements. If you lapse your ACID Membership subscription but continue to use the legal services of a Legal Affiliate you will be expected to pay their full fee rate.
ACID Members may need legal advice on anything from the terms and conditions under which they run their business to a full-blown infringement incident. Whatever your dealings are with a legal team, the advice you are given will be based on the information that you supply to them.
If only general advice is needed on a non-contentious issue then sometimes this can be dealt with by experienced staff at the ACID Membership Office. If it is of a legal nature ACID staff will not attempt to deal with it as they are not trained lawyers and it will be recommended that you contact a Legal Affiliate team.
Please ensure that you have read our additional Legal Affiliate information by downloading the PDF files at the bottom of this page prior to contacting a legal team, so that you understand the process and when legal charges will apply after your initial period of free advice.
How do I search for an ACID Legal Affiliate?
The first thing to do is log into your membership profile:
You will need to go to https://www.acid.uk.com/ then click on Login/Register. This will then take you to the log in area. You will need to use your e-mail address with your 8 digit membership ID number as your password. If you have changed your password ACID will not know this but we can reset the password for you if you have forgotten this.
Once you have logged in you will need to click on the tab Affiliates.
You will then be redirected to the search area. Here you have three different search options:
- Category—you will need to complete both fields
- Service—choose one of the icons
When you have submitted your search criteria you will see a list of Legal Affiliates matching your search. You will be able to select one team and access their profile.
Once you have selected the Legal Affiliate you wish to contact you will be able to choose to complete the enquiry form, go directly to their website or contact them by telephone. When you use their number be prepared to leave your contact details and they will arrange to return your call when a lawyer is free and within a 24 hour period. Please leave more than one telephone number if possible as some phones can refuse to accept calls/take messages and you may not know you have been contacted.
To provide this initial service at no cost, most communication is done via e-mail and the telephone. Do not expect to have a face to face meeting unless this is specifically requested and agreed.
Please read more information below before using the service.