This article looks at the legal framework & regulation in the UK eCommerce market and outlines the relevant requirements for trading in this territory.
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.
We have compiled a series of tables in the full country guide containing some of the key legislation to consider before you begin trading in the UK market. Topic areas covered include:
The table in the full country guide contains some key legislation to consider before you begin trading in the UK. 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.
BREXIT: The June 2016 referendum decision for the UK to leave the EU also has an impact on a range of legislation. Because of the volume of UK law transposed from EU regulations, the UK Government is (subject to the result of the 8 June 2017 general election in the UK) introducing the “Great Repeal Bill”. This will effectively ‘copy’ all EU based legislation on to the UK statute book with no change. The Government will then take time to review and change the legislation post-exit. Whilst the exit negotiations are taking place over the next 2 years, there are a number of new EU regulations that are worthy of note in the consumer space. The main one is the General Data Protection Regulation which applies on and from 25th May 2018. The e-Privacy Regulation is also proposed to come into force on the same date. The e-Privacy Regulation is still going through the European legislative process and a fi nal version of the regulation is yet to be agreed.
This article provides a legal framework overview of the UK eCommerce market – we have produced a full country guide covering in-depth information on multiple aspects of trading into this territory including logistics, payments, legal framework and marketing.
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