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User-Lab Presents the Event E-commerce Law and Web Accessibility

14 May 2004, London, UK

User-Lab Presents the Event E-commerce Law and Web Accessibility

User-Lab Presents the Event E-commerce Law and Web Accessibility in Conjunction With Lecote Solicitors

User-Lab, the user-centred design centre is to present an event entitled ‘E-commerce Law and Web Accessibility’ in conjunction with Lecote Solicitors, later this month.

The event, to be held on 17 May 2004 at User-Lab (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, will focus upon the legal issues relating to online trade. The seminar will take guests through the many new laws which govern internet business, including contract formation online, email and SMS marketing, consumer rights on the internet, digital signatures and data protection concerns.

Andrew Sparrow, Principal lawyer at Lecote Solicitors explains, “In the last two years there has been a huge amount of law, mostly from Europe, which sets out what organisations must do to trade legally over the Internet. Many businesses are unaware of how much regulation there is, but they will face fines and legal liability if they don’t comply with the law. The seminar will tell delegates the areas they need to focus on to ensure they are trading lawfully.”

"The publication of The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) report has brought Web accessibility to the forefront of everyone’s mind. However, there are many issues that have been glossed over. In our research published on Usability News website, issues such as: What is an accessible Web site? What are the trade offs between accessibility and usability? Who is responsible for poor accessibility? will be addressed from an ethical and legal perspective by myself,” added, John Knight, Usability Engineer at User-Lab.

E-commerce and the Law costs £20.00 inclusive of VAT and is free of VAT to members of The West Midlands IT Association and The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.


----Notes to editors----

The event is to be held at User-Lab (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design from 17.30 to 19:00.

This press release in available in PDF, plain text and Word formats. Photographs are available of the User-Lab team.

The media spokesperson for User-Lab is John Knight, Usability Engineer.

About User-Lab

User-Lab is a not for profit user-centred design organisation based at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

User-Lab is part of the Institute’s Research Department and is staffed by a multidisciplinary team with expertise in digital media design, human-computer interaction, psychology and software engineering.

In the last five years, User-Lab has been involved in a number of collaborative projects with RDAs, FEs, charities and the public and private sector.

About Lecote Solicitors

Lecote are corporate and commercial lawyers generally with an emphasis on electronic communication law including: Corporate and Commercial, Data Transfer, Internet, IT, New Media, SMS and 3G.

About Andrew Sparrow

Andrew Sparrow, Principal lawyer, Lecote Solicitors won the national Lawyer Award 1999 for Best Use of Multimedia in the Law for his client guide CD ROMs. Andrew is author of three books on internet law including the Financial Times title E Commerce and the Law published in the UK and China. He has written twenty video productions on commercial law. In 2001 he won the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Legal Award and is acknowledged by The Legal 500, the UK's independent client guide to lawyers, as expert in e commerce law.

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