What legal information about my company must I include on my website?

Question: My business is run through a limited liability company and I have recently set up a website.  What legal information about the company must I include on the website?

Answer: If you are trading as a limited company, there are specific details which must be included on your website.  These details are broadly similar as the ones you are already legally obliged to display on your company documentation, e.g. letterheads and invoices.

You must disclose on the website and any electronic communications the following details: – 

  • The name of the company and its legal form
  • The place of registration of the company i.e. Ireland and the registration number and registered office.
  • In the event that you are exempt from the obligation to use the word ‘limited’ as part of the name, the fact that it is a limited company.
  • In the case of a company which is being wound up, you must state this.
  • If you make any reference to the share capital of the company, the reference has to be to the paid up share capital.

 While I have not come across any prosecution for failure to display the above items since the law came into force in 2007, nonetheless there are quite significant fines for any breach of the regulations and therefore it is very much in your interest to make sure you comply with the law.

The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice.  Specific legal advice should be sought on any particular matter.

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