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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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January 2019

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A new report on business-to-business ecommerce has found that many online retailers have websites that put off potential customers.

Small businesses are spending 15% more on taxes, rates, levies and employment obligations compared to 2011.

New analysis of the self-employed sector has found that job flexibility is the key attraction for today's freelancers.

Pregnant women and new parents returning to work after having children are to be further protected from unfairly losing their jobs under new proposals set out by the government.

Uncertainty over Brexit means that pay for most UK professionals will remain flat in 2019, according to a new survey.

Nearly half of SME employees have quit jobs because of work-related stresses that hadn't been addressed, according to new research.

The government is to waive the planned £65 fee for EU nationals living in the UK who apply for settled status after Brexit.

Government labour market data reveals that almost 76% of the UK population is now in work, the highest employment level for decades.

Small business owners who set up shop in their home town have a higher than average turnover, according to new research.

New research has found that more than half (54%) of workers say they frequently arrive for work already feeling stressed.

UK business groups have expressed their concerns about a potential no-deal Brexit after Parliament rejected the government's proposed withdrawal agreement.

A survey of members of the union Prospect has found that two-thirds of EU citizens working in a range of specialist sectors say they might leave the UK because of Brexit.