E-COMMERCE AND WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

Websites represent an important part of every business and take many different forms. Some only present information, while others gather it; some advertise, and some sell. Walker Rose Solicitors advise on the best fit terms and conditions for your website which also include up-to-date references to the latest legislation such as the GDPR.

The development of a website is often a time consuming, multi-stage process requiring on-going communication and negotiation. 

It can be very difficult for the client to express exactly what they want. In our experience, you need to ‘shop about’ and instruct a web developer who has the patience and the know-how to convert your vision into your dream site. (We enlisted the services of Rubix and I’m sure you will agree they have done an excellent job!)

What are the legal considerations when engaging the services of a web designer?

  1. Agree on a Website Work Form – This document is essentially the Head of Terms. Once completed, it will set out the proposal or key instructions on what you want from your web designer. 
  2. Website Design Agreement – This document governs the design and development of the website. This can be applied either to the construction of a new site or to the redevelopment of an existing one. Clauses should include (but certainly not be limited to);
  3. Description of Deliverables' and Specifications
  4. Budget/Fee/Payment
  5. Website Specifications for Hosting
  6. Services Relating to Hosting
  7. Hosting Fees
  8. Complete a Final Project Release Document – Many web developers will request the right to showcase your website as an example of their work. Permission to do so is normally given in this release form. Moreover, the form acts as the ‘sign off’ by both parties confirming that the work has been satisfactory undertaken and parties are happy with the end result. Think of this as the signing off of a snagging list, but in the e-commerce world.  

Most Web Developers will issue you with their own legal agreements (referred to above), however as with any contract, it is essential you seek the relevant advice so you fully comprehend what you are entering into, and your options if you need to terminate the relationship prematurely! 

What information should you include on you website?  

Website Terms of Use – This police advises your users what is acceptable and not acceptable use of the website. Think of these as your online T&C’s. 

Website Disclaimers – These ensure that you are legally protected from unreasonable expectations. Disclaimers set out clearly that whilst you use your reasonable endeavours to keep the site up-to-date and accurate, there is no guarantee given to the website users. 

Cookie & Privacy Policies – Following the implementation of the new Data Protection Laws in the UK (GDPR), this is the most essential policy to have on your site.

Walker Rose Solicitors can assist with all your e-commerce needs by providing an excellent and compliant website policy drafting service - Also, don’t forget that there are different Regulatory obligations on the information that Companies, Partnerships and Sole Traders must give to their customers’, so contact Walker Rose Solicitors for advice on how to ensure you meet all your legal online obligations. 

IT and software play a key role in business and having robust legal document will assist your business in both the acquisition and creation of software.  Walker Rose Solicitors can advise those entering into a business relationship with a software provider, or in the alternative we can draft such agreements for the software companies.

Whether your business is procuring software or producing it, using Walker Rose Solicitors, will ensure the process is greatly simplified for all parties concerned.  

Our IT & Software services include:

ASP Agreements,

Software Licence Agreements,

Software Development and Testing Agreements,

Open Source Software Licences,

Database Agreements,

IT & Data Protection Policies,

IT Disaster Recovery,

IT Services Framework Agreement Documents. 

Our Expertise

Walker Rose Solicitors provides astute legal advice and the drafting of legal agreements, polices and documents to address your immediate and on-going business needs.

We can assist, negotiate and draft agreement terms with the co-founders, investors, employees, suppliers and customers.

We can assist whether you are a new start-up or an established business.  We work for you to design ‘best practice’ doctrines ensuring and securing a smooth running and efficient workplace.

Walker Rose Solicitors provide sensible commercial legal advice and draft the agreements you need in place to reduce areas of dispute or at least provide a mechanism for the parties to resolve a dispute. We can help you grow and evolve safe in the knowledge that you, your business and your brand are protected and stand on a strong legal ground to move forward.

Our advice is always precise, resilient and affordable.

Get in Touch

To speak to us today -  call us on 0203 9739343 or send a message through our contact us page  email us at info@walkerrose.co.uk

Our mission is to provide businesses, and their owners, with quality legal assistance in the most cost effective way