Legal Position

Business By johnboy Updated 26 Aug 2004 , 12:03am by Jackie

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johnboy Posted 22 Aug 2004 , 8:02pm
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Hi everyone,

I'm not sure if I am posting this in the correct forum, but I just wanted to get some advice from the professionals about a legal position.

I have been asked to do a wedding cake for a friends wedding (in the U.K.), I am not a professional baker, just a friend. She will be paying me for the cake, but just to cover my costs and equipment etc.

My question is: what is my legal position if something should go wrong on the day, i.e. (and this is a worst case sceneario) people get ill after eating the cake? I realise that most professionals have insurance to cover this eventuality, but what do I need to do?

Am I worrying too much about this, do I need to get a waiver? Do I need to get a lawyer?!

Any advice is greatfully received,


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Jackie Posted 26 Aug 2004 , 12:03am
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Hi John and welcome to!

Originally Posted by johnboy

Am I worrying too much about this, do I need to get a waiver? Do I need to get a lawyer?!

If you are doing this for your freind you are probably OK. Granted, I am not a lawyer and know very little on the subject, and know nothing of UK laws. I am only speaking from personal experience. If you are very concerned about getting a waiver, or you feel very stressed out I would consider getting legal advice. Especially if you have plans to become a proffessional. (Then again, I am more paranoid than most) icon_smile.gif

If you do not have plans of running your own business and are simply doing a favor for your friend, you could always contact the location/church where the wedding is to be held and request info from them on any guidlines they have for the cake. This way the bride and groom are not held responsible in the "worst-case" scenario. And will keep your mind at ease.
I'm not sure if this response is actually of any help to you since it really brings no legal or proffessional advice with it, but hopefully some of our more "seasoned" members can offer you some.

thumbs_up.gif Good luck and please let us know how it turned out (also feel free to upload the photos of the finished cake)

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