Cookie Information

About Cookies

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. You can find more information about cookies at and For a video about cookies, visit


Gael & Cookies

The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out below.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.

Cookie Name Purpose Expiry
ASP.NET _SessionId Standard ASP.NET cookie containing the user's session ID. End of user session.


Performance Cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

Cookie Name Purpose Expiry
__utmz Stores whether the visitor came from a search engine, search keyword, or a link. 6 months
__utma Stores the amount of visits (for each visitor), the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. 2 years
__utmb & __utmc Used to check approximately how fast people leave: when a visit starts, and approximately ends. 30 minutes
__utmv Used for user-custom variables in Analytics. Lifetime cookie (unless deleted by user).


Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Cookie Name Purpose Expiry
.ASPXFORMAUTH Authentication ticket cookie for website log in. 1 year
CMSPreferredUICulture The user’s preferred User Interface Culture/Language. 1 years
CurrentTheme Sets the current theme and stylesheet of the website. 1 day
VisitorStatus Sets the user’s visit status (unknown/first visit/more visits). 1 year
UrlReferrer URL the user was referred to the site from. 1 day
ViewMode Stores a number to decide which view mode to use, e.g. Live site, Design and Site Preview. 6 hours
PropertyTab Current property tab. 1 hour


Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are cookies which originate from a website other than the site currently being visited. Third party cookies are set by services such as HubSpot, which help to anonymously track usage of our website, more specifically, within the blog area of our site which is managed with HubSpot’s content management system. Social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter will also utilise cookies to perform ‘Share’, ‘Like’ and ‘Tweet’ functions from within Gael sites. Gael does not control the dissemination of these cookies.


Managing Cookies

How Can I Control Cookies?

If you don’t wish to receive cookies from Gael websites, you can modify your browser settings so that you are notified when cookies are sent or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete previously sent cookies from Gael and third party sites. If you wish to restrict or block cookies, you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should guide you on how to do this. If you require any further information on what cookies are and how to manage them, then visit This website contains comprehensive information on browser cookies.


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