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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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December 2018

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In a strongly-worded statement, the UK's leading business groups are calling on politicians to prevent a disorderly no-deal Brexit on 29th March 2019.

The government, in partnership with the pensions industry, is to trial a new initiative designed to help self-employed workers save more for later life.

Despite stable economic conditions, there has been a sharp fall in confidence among small businesses because of concerns about Brexit.

The government has unveiled what it is calling "the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years".

Over half of UK consumers say they will support small firms and independent retailers as Christmas approaches.

The rise in the number of people working for themselves has helped to take employment levels to new heights, says IPSE.

A new report has found that many companies are not compensating their employees for working on bank holidays over Christmas.

A new report on social media trends has found that Instagram is in the ascendancy but it warns that influencer fraud is also on the rise.

Confidence among UK small firms has fallen to its lowest point since 2011, according to new data from the Federation of Small Businesses. 

The UK's self-employed workers are being encouraged to enter the IPSE 2019 Freelancer of the year awards.

Late payment practices continue to adversely affect UK small businesses and self-employed contractors, according to a new report.

Proposals to give millions of people online access to their pension information have been unveiled by the government.