What are the website and email footer legal requirements in the UK?

Old news (we know) – but as a startup you may not already know this. Legally companies in the UK must include certain regulatory information in the footer of their website(s) and email(s). If your website footer or email signature does not contain such information you are breaking the Companies act and risk a fine.

Every company is required to list its company registration number, place of registration and registered office address on its website and email footers as a result of an update to the legislation on 1985. This information was already required on business letters but as a result of a update to legislation is now required on website and email footers, order forms and other online documents.

If your company is VAT registered it must also list its VAT number, even if the website is not being used for e-commerce purposes.

Website footer legal requirements checklist

  • company name.
  • registered number.
  • place of registration.
  • registered office address.
  • contact details, including an email address.
  • details of how to contact business by non-electronic means.
  • the VAT number of business, if applicable.
  • details of any trade body or regulator registration.

Footer legal requirements template

Just like the one at the bottom of our website also shown below – feel free to edit and use to your requirements.

Start Smarter Ltd is a company registered England and Wales (Company No. 08145843) 44 Crantock Road, London, SE6 2QP

Other information on legal requirements:

There are other requirements set-out by the Distance Selling Regulations (The Consumer Protection Regulations 2000) that require online business which sell to consumers (as opposed to business to business – B2B). Click here to view online a PDF copy of the regulations.

Moreover, if any of your products or services are marketed to anybody within the European Union, it is a legal requirement to comply the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Specifically, this plugin helps you comply with GDPR.

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