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1 February 2021 | Webinars | Article by Emily Powell

The Digital Dilemma Series: How To Sell Your Goods Online – The Legal Way


If you’re a self-employed artist, designer, or maker, you may be selling your creations online. Perhaps COVID-19 has forced you to join the digital marketplace, with restrictions putting a stop to real-life trade fairs and local shows.

While it can be relatively straightforward to set up a website and e-commerce platform these days, the legal and financial requirements are not always known or understood. Yet ignoring important requirements around distance selling, tax, data, and contracts can trip sellers up at the first hurdle.

At Hugh James, we’re here to help plug the knowledge gap.

We’ve joined forces with firstofmarch.com– an online platform, selling exquisite Welsh craftsmanship – and independent VAT specialists, Centurion, to bring you a series of videos to help equip you with the know-how to sell safely online.

Set up by Ruth Davies in 2019, First of March showcases makers from a range of craft disciplines in Wales – art & sculpture; handmade jewellery; tableware; soft furnishing and fashion. Like many, Ruth and her sellers have had to navigate their way through the legal and financial landscape to showcase their creations.

In these videos, Ruth will share her experience in setting up her luxury online platform, while lawyers from Hugh James and VAT specialists at Centurion, will offer their legal and financial insights.

Videos

Consumer Terms & Conditions

Intellectual Property

VAT

Data Protection and Privacy


Q&A webinar replay

Following our Digital Dilemma series, we held a live Q&A webinar providing you the opportunity to pose questions to our panel of experts. Panel Chair, Rachel Moss, hosts this Q&A webinar, where we drilled down further into the key aspects you’re interested in. Joined by our 3 specialists, Ruth Davies, Director of First of March; Emily Powell, Partner, Commercial at Hugh James; and Liz Maher OBE, Director at Centurion VAT, we offer their expertise, address your queries and point you to further information and support. We have posted the webinar recording below, for you to watch at your leisure.

Meet the Makers

We spoke to some Welsh artists and designers about the real-life challenges they’ve faced with online selling.


Author bio

Emily is a partner in the Corporate and Commercial team. Emily specialises in commercial law, public procurement and subsidy control. Emily has advised housing associations on their procurement processes and can provide a complete legal service for all procurement and project requirements. Emily also hosts a forum for ‘heads of’ procurement working within the social housing sector.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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