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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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February 2019

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The TUC and the GMB have introduced a "model passport" to make sure disabled people have the support they need to flourish at work.

In 2017, the Conservative party made a manifesto promise to give firms that employ those from disadvantaged groups a one-year national insurance holiday.

UK small businesses say Facebook is the social media site they use the most, according to new research.

Regulation, heavy workloads and economic uncertainty are taking their toll on the UK's small business owners, according to a new study. 

New research has found that almost two-thirds of senior decision-makers in UK businesses are in favour of all tax accounts being digitalised.

New employment data shows that the UK's strong labour market is being driven in part by the rise in the self-employed.

A new survey has found that more than one in two UK office workers believe their health is being impaired by their workplace.

The UK small business organisation wants to end late payments and stop supply chain bullying.

The number of UK exporters that expect to have to increase their prices because of rising costs has gone up, according to a new report.

Inflation and a continuing skills shortage are pushing up salaries in the private sector, according to a new report.

A new report has warned that self-employed workers in the UK may need to keep working until they are almost 80 to build up a big enough pension pot.

One in three smaller businesses expects access to finance to become more difficult after Brexit, according to a new report.