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Further information

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This section provides an overview of the legal framework of the UK, together with an in-depth look at some of the key legislation, both national and European, merchants will have to consider before and during their trading experiences.

Key legislation

We have compiled a series of tables with Bond Dickenson containing some of the key legislation to consider before you begin trading in the UK. Topic areas covered include:


  • Privacy and data protection
  • Consumer protection
  • Advertising
  • Consumer rights
  • Digital signatures and authentication
  • Intellectual property

Please note that the table is not an exhaustive list and that it is limited to the legislation that applies in England and Wales unless otherwise stated.



Disclaimer: This section of the IMRG UK Cross-Border Trading Passport document is provided for general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Neither IMRG nor Bond Dickinson LLP owes any duty of care to any reader of this section of the Passport document. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter.

Legal Framework

England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are largely separate jurisdictions for a number of legal purposes. Scotland has a mixed common law and civil law system whereas England and Wales and Northern Ireland have a common law system.

Territory Overview

Territory Overview

Territory Overview This section forms a general overview of the UK as a trading location, and contains information related to population, component parts, gross domestic product and population distribution.
eCommerce Environment

eCommerce Environment

eCommerce Environment This section concisely documents statistics and facts related to the use of online and mobile in the UK and specifically examines these channels as they relate to online retail.
Marketing and Branding

Marketing and Branding

Marketing and Branding This section explores the most popular and effective marketing mechanisms in the UK.
Business Environment

Business Environment

Business Environment This section examines the UK political and socio-economic environment and how it will affect your online business.
Finance and Payments

Finance and Payments

Finance and Payments This section documents the key financial information you should take into account before trading in the UK.
Corporate Forms

Corporate Forms

Corporate Forms This section explores the main corporate forms that exist within the UK and the requirements for operating in each.


Logistics This section examines significant trends, advances and practices in UK logistics and delivery.
Customer Experience

Customer Experience

Customer Experience This final section offers information and advice on inspiring consumer confidence and promoting customer retention.

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