23 April, 2008
There is widespread failure by online retailers to comply with the laws relating to selling on the internet advises local law firm Forbes Solicitors.
Says Daniel Milnes a Business Law Solicitor specialising in intellectual property and retail, "Despite the Distance Selling Regulations having been in force since 2000, there is widespread non-compliance with various aspects of the law. Not just in this area but also with the laws on disability discrimination, under which such websites must be 'disability friendly'. We encourage all online retailers to check their sites to ensure that they comply with the regulations".
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has released the results of its recent survey of UK-based websites which sell goods directly to customers. Working with trading standards officers, they looked at 530 popular websites and found: