UK Website Legal Compliance Checklist (Free Resource)

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Running a business online comes with a myriad of responsibilities. Not least among them is ensuring your website meets the legal compliance standards set out by UK law. This can be a complex process, with different laws applying to various types of businesses.

To make this task easier, we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist that covers the main areas of legal compliance for UK websites. This includes cookie compliance, privacy compliance, accessibility compliance, and registered identity compliance. This checklist is designed as a general guide to help you audit your website and ensure it adheres to the most crucial legal standards.

For a more in-depth understanding of these compliance requirements, we highly recommend you to peruse our comprehensive guide on Website Compliance in the UK.


This checklist is a general guide and may need to be modified or expanded based on your specific needs or changes in UK law. While we strive to keep our content updated and accurate, laws and regulations frequently change. Therefore, this information should not be taken as legal advice. Always consult with a legal expert to ensure you’re meeting all compliance requirements. The use of this checklist does not establish any form of attorney-client relationship.

1. Cookie Compliance

Compliance ItemBrief DescriptionRelevant For
Informative cookie banner/pop-upUsers must be informed about the use of cookies on the site.All websites using non-essential cookies
Clear option to accept or reject cookiesUsers should have the ability to accept or refuse cookies.All websites using non-essential cookies
Differentiate between essential and non-essential cookiesEssential cookies can be used without consent, but non-essential cookies require explicit consent.All websites using cookies

2. Privacy Compliance

Compliance ItemBrief DescriptionRelevant For
Comprehensive privacy noticeThe privacy notice should detail what data is collected and how it’s used.Most websites, particularly those using contact forms & cookies
Detailed cookie disclosureThe disclosure should explain how cookies are used on the site.All websites using non-essential cookies
Clear website disclaimerThe disclaimer should outline liability for use of the website and its information.Most websites offering advice or linking to external URLs

3. Accessibility Compliance

Compliance ItemBrief DescriptionRelevant For
Website is perceivable, operable, understandable, and robustIt should be easy to perceive the website’s content, operate its functions, understand its information, and robust enough to be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents.Primarily public sector bodies, but good practice for all businesses
Adherence to WCAG 2.1 standardsBy meeting these standards, you ensure that your website is accessible to all users.Primarily public sector bodies, but good practice for all businesses

4. Other Compliance

Compliance ItemBrief DescriptionRelevant For
Display required registered informationThe website must display the company’s name, registered number, place of registration, registered office address, contact details, VAT number (if applicable), and details of any trade body or regulator registration.Limited companies
Display primary place of business addressSole traders and partnerships must display the address of the primary place of business.Sole traders and partnerships
Indicate if the company is being wound upThis information should also be displayed on the website.All businesses (where applicable)
Website terms and conditions of useThis document will set out the legal rights and obligations between you and the users of your website. This should cover items such as ownership and copyright of the website’s content, acceptable and unacceptable use of the website and content, registration, password and security procedures, availability of the website, use of cookies, links to other websitesAll websites

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