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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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March 2019

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The number of high-growth businesses in the UK has increased to a record 36,510, according to a new study.

A Freedom of Information request sent to HMRC has revealed that only 4% of UK businesses mandated to join Making Tax Digital from 1 April have registered.

After a five-year "right of registration" reservation period, there are now less than three months to go before second level .uk domains become widely available.

A survey of private investors has found that 85% are actively looking to invest UK businesses in 2019, with healthcare and technology firms attracting the most interest.

Business groups say the latest case, involving TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, proves that HMRC's employment test tool CEST is not fit for purpose.

A new study of workplaces has found that being appreciated is significantly more important to employees than money.

Research into the effectiveness of the controversial IR35 employment status tool CEST has found that that half of users polled described it as "bad" or "very bad".

UK employment has reached an all-time high, wages are up and unemployment is at its lowest level since the 1970s.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that businesses that are "doing their best to comply" with Making Tax Digital will not be penalised if they inadvertently breach VAT filing or record-keeping rules in the first year.

The latest economic forecast by the British Chambers of Commerce predicts a weaker outlook for business investment and trade due to continued Brexit uncertainty and slower expected global economic growth.

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond has used the Spring Statement to warn of the economic consequences of leaving the EU without a deal.

A new SME Action Plan has been launched to unlock opportunities for smaller businesses to access government contracts.