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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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September 2018

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Professionals in law and accountancy are not doing enough to relieve their own work-related stress, according to new research.

Despite the introduction of the Late Payment Directive, the issue of poor payment practices continues to persist across Europe.

New research has found that 69% of SMEs say they are unable to compete with large employers in recruiting the best candidates.

The value of the social enterprise sector has been "significantly underestimated" according to a new report.

Anyone submitting a self-assessment tax return for the first time will need to register by 5 October and complete their return by 31 January 2019.

An independent contractor has won her case to get holiday pay after IR35 tax rules forced her to work as an employee.

The bank is to lend £12 billion to UK small businesses in the coming year, up by £2 million since 2017.

More needs to be done to make businesses aware of their obligations under Making Tax Digital, according to a leading accountancy body.

Half of UK managers feel their gender or age has diminished colleagues' confidence in them, according to new research.

Two-thirds of UK small businesses that trade with the EU say a no-deal Brexit will have a negative effect on their ability to do business, according to new research.

National Start-up Day takes place at the British Library in London and at 17 city libraries across the UK on Thursday 20 September.

Freelancer body IPSE is urging the Government and the pensions industry to take steps to overcome what it calls "the pensions PR problem" in order to improve the retirement prospects of millions of self-employed people.