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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.

While poor governance can bring serious legal consequences, the law can also protect business owners and managers and help to prevent conflict.

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Boardroom and shareholder disputes can arise for many reasons. It is important to understand the legal rights of all parties and the options available
New directors are likely to require some key information and training when they are first appointed, including on their role and responsibilities.
Shareholders have relatively few, but important rights to intervene, principal amongst which is the right to appoint and remove directors.
Directors' duties when running a company can include appointing a chairperson, calling a directors’ meeting and holding a board meeting.
The courts have ruled on discrimination cases and a dispute over unpaid holiday pay. There's new guidance on cookies and a consultation on sick pay.
Some of the latest legal business news including a shock ruling on the BIG MAC trade mark, new guidance on IR35 rules and a ruling on business rates.
Setting up a family business is a dream for some. But what are the tax rules when employing your spouse or other family members?
How to check and confirm that the information held about your company by Companies House is up-to-date by filing your annual confirmation statement.
Running a family business brings additional challenges and opportunities. The law can help to reduce risk of things going wrong
Selling shares back to your company may be your best option if you can't find a third party buyer, or existing shareholders can't afford to buy them.