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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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June 2019

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For the first time, large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time under new government proposals.

A new survey has found that company valuation is seen as a pressing issue for two-thirds of UK business owners.

Business uncertainty, red tape and the tax burden are all key issues that are holding back UK small firms with ambitions to grow.

More disabled people than ever are choosing to work for themselves, but they are being let down by poor support from government.

Almost one third of the UK's self-employed workers have no protection against the risks associated with running a business, according to a new report.

It has become increasingly common for professionals to have a business on the side in order to supplement their income, according to a new study.

The SME Health Check Index score fell by 6.6 to 48.5 in the first quarter of 2019.

UK commuters are spending more time getting to work and the average cost of commuting over a lifetime has reached £135,000.

A new study has found that attitudes to work are shifting as millennials increasingly focus on their work/life balance.

A new poll has found that 51% of UK small business owners need help managing their finances.

UK companies are sounding the alarm as demand for workers with digital skills is set to rise in the next three years.

The latest research by IPSE reveals that UK freelancers saw a drop of over £4,000 in their average earnings in the first quarter of 2019.