In the UK, if your business is a private limited company (Ltd) or public limited company (PLC) or a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), the Companies Act 1985 requires that your letterhead, order forms and all business emails include the following details in legible characters:
Your company name
Your company registration number
Your place of registration (e.g. Scotland or England & Wales)
Your registered office address – This may be different to the office that you trade from
There is clarification on this requirement on the Out-Law website. This information should also appear on your company’s website. Failure to comply with these requirements puts your company at risk of a fine. These duties were clarified on 1 January 2007, as a result of an amendment that was made to the Companies Act to comply with a European Directive.
Typically this information is in a smaller font to the rest of your email and is below your personal details of your signature.
AK Computer Services Ltd is a limited company registered in England and Wales.
Company Registration No. 4626048
Registered Offices: 59 The Avenue, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1XS, England
Typical Email Signature
So a complete email signature might look like:
Optional email signature information
As well as the information in your email signature that you are legally required to include some people will also include disclaimer information. This includes information like:-
This message contains confidential information and is intended only for firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. AK Computer Services Ltd cannot accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message, which may arise as a result of e-mail transmission. Please note that AK Computer Services Ltd may monitor, analyse and archive email traffic, data and the content of email for the purposes of security, legal compliance and staff training.
Green IT Statement
Please consider the environment before printing this email
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Email Legal Compliance
In terms of overall legal compliance there are other things that you may be required to do, in addition to the compliance issues around your email signature. These include:-
Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act
Notification of Monitoring
These other legal compliance subjects will be discussed in future posts within the Computer Spot blog.
Email Signature Update
Don’t forget that you need to include the legally required information in the email signature of any email auto-responders that you may have.
If you send email news letters to your customers you should also include the same email signature information in all of your newsletters that you send. Ideally for all email Newsletters you should use a product designed specifically for sending bulk emails like Aweber or Constant Contact.
Create your own Legally Compliant email signature
You can create your own, personalised, email signature which includes all of the things discussed above by using our email signature generator. You can then use these email signatures in your company email footer, auto-responders and newsletters.