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E-commerce

The opportunities for web-based businesses grow every day but as they grow, so does the legislation. Distance selling regulations, European eCommerce laws, electronic marketing regulations – they all need to be complied with before you can sell online.

At Glanvilles, our business solicitors have a full understanding of eCommerce trading. We have worked with a wide range of business sectors and industries and whether you are a start-up or an established company, we can advise you on the following:

  • Setting up and running an e-commerce company
  • IT contracts, including drafting, hosting and maintenance agreements
  • Compliance with EU laws, such as the Distance Selling Regulations
  • Regulatory advice, such as the Electronic Marketing Regulations
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Website licensing
  • Website acceptable use policies
  • Content licence agreements
  • Software licence agreements
  • Protecting intellectual property rights, including UK and international trade marks and copyright
  • Data protection obligations
  • Privacy regulations and policies
  • Terms and conditions of sale
  • Linking agreements

For specialist advice about setting up and operating an e-commerce business, get in touch with our business solicitors in Chichester, Fareham and Havant or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.

Our E-commerce expertise

Our company & commercial team includes Lance Terry, a Partner in our firm and specialist in the area of intellectual property such as trade marks and copyright, particularly within the IT industry. Lance’s expertise covers all aspects of eCommerce and IT related agreements, including outsourcing, software development and IP licensing agreements. Lance has practised commercial law in the UK for nearly 20 years, making him a valuable and highly experienced addition to your business’s legal team.

Our team also includes Scott Richardson, an Associate in our firm and a solicitor who specialises in all areas of corporate and commercial law, including company formation and transactions, data protection law, intellectual property (both UK and international), regulatory law, contracts and commercial agreements.

Scott works between our Fareham and Chichester offices. At Chichester, we are happy to offer local start-ups, entrepreneurs and new businesses a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your legal needs and goals. These meeting are held on a first-come-first-serve basis on the first Thursday of every month. So, to book your initial consultation meeting, contact Scott directly on scott.richardson@glanvilles.co.uk.

Here’s how we can help:

Helping you succeed online

E-Commerce has changed the way consumers and clients access products and services. From marketing and advertising to online sales, businesses operate on the web across multiple dimensions.

But with its opportunities, eCommerce presents new challenges not usually encountered when operating a traditional bricks-and-mortar business. There are many legal and regulatory considerations – both in the UK and internationally – that your business needs to address to succeed online.

We specialise in helping businesses navigate this complex area of law, from initially setting up your business online to its day-to-day operation to resolving disputes..

Minimising risk

E-Commerce disputes are increasingly common as more and more businesses go online. Our service is proactive and preventative, helping you take steps early on to minimise the risk of disputes arising and threatening your business. This includes compliance with domestic and international laws and regulations, buying and selling goods and services overseas, eCommerce contracts and agreements, and web design and hosting agreements and disputes.

Expanding your reach

In an increasingly global world, expanding your business overseas has never been easier and more lucrative. We can help you navigate the challenges and grasp the opportunities associated with operating your businesses in foreign countries over the web. Our advice includes international trade marks, EU and international regulatory compliance, and contracting with overseas customers, clients and suppliers.

Who we help                                                   

We advise a wide range of businesses from start-ups, partnerships and early stage businesses to established SMEs and large regional and national limited companies. We can help:

  • Businesses who operate partly or wholly online or sell remotely by phone and email
  • Businesses who use their own website, or plan to develop a website, to market and/or sell their goods and services online
  • Businesses who need advice about any legal issue associated with the internet, including regulatory advice, intellectual property, terms of service, web licensing, data protection and online contracts

Our eCommerce solicitors regularly advise businesses from across a wide range of sectors – if you operate or want to operate online, we are here to help.

Get in touch with our business solicitors in Chichester, Fareham and Havant

For specialist advice about setting up and operating an e-commerce business, get in touch with our business solicitors in Chichester, Fareham and Havant or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.