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Setting up a business involves complying with a range of legal requirements. Find out which ones apply to you and your new enterprise.

While poor governance can bring serious legal consequences, the law can also protect business owners and managers and help to prevent conflict.

Whether you want to raise finance, join forces with someone else, buy or sell a business, it pays to be aware of the legal implications.

From pay, hours and time off to discipline, grievance and hiring and firing employees, find out about your legal responsibilities as an employer.

Marketing matters. Marketing drives sales for businesses of all sizes by ensuring that customers think of their brand when they want to buy.

Commercial disputes can prove time-consuming, stressful and expensive, but having robust legal agreements can help to prevent them from occurring.

Whether your business owns or rents premises, your legal liabilities can be substantial. Commercial property law is complex, but you can avoid common pitfalls.

With information and sound advice, living up to your legal responsibilities to safeguard your employees, customers and visitors need not be difficult or costly.

As information technology continues to evolve, legislation must also change. It affects everything from data protection and online selling to internet policies for employees.

Intellectual property (IP) isn't solely relevant to larger businesses or those involved in developing innovative new products: all products have IP.

Knowing how and when you plan to sell or relinquish control of your business can help you to make better decisions and achieve the best possible outcome.

From bereavement, wills, inheritance, separation and divorce to selling a house, personal injury and traffic offences, learn more about your personal legal rights.

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August 2018

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More and more micro-business owners in the UK now spend their holidays switching between business and leisure.

Over three-fifths of business owners have no succession plan in place and do not know how they will leave their business, according to a new study.

Employees across all industries are worried about reporting injuries sustained in the workplace to their employer for fear of making them angry, according to new research.

More than two-fifths of self-employed workers do not have a pension and a third say they can't afford to save for retirement, according to new research.

Business secretary Greg Clark has announced new plans to safeguard workers, pensions and small suppliers when a company goes bust.

The Government has published the first tranche of technical notices outlining the detailed implications of a no-deal exit from the European Union.

Post-millennial Generation Z employees value workplace perks more than any other age group, according to new research.

International trade secretary Liam Fox has set out a plan to make Britain a "21st century exporting superpower".

Confidence in the economy among directors has fallen to its lowest point in 2018, according to the findings of a new survey by the IoD.

A new survey of 2,000 UK employees has found that senior managers are the least trusted people in the workplace.

The Federation of Small Businesses has launched its search to find the best small businesses from across the UK.

Taxpayers could face tough penalties if they fail to declare their income on foreign assets before new legislation comes into force.