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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.

Disability discrimination: practical Acas guide including key points for the workplace

Under the Equality Act 2010 it is illegal to discriminate against an employee because they have a disability (either mental or physical), are perceived to have a disability or because of their association with someone who is disabled. A disability is classed as any physical or mental impairment which has a substantially adverse and long-term effect on an employee's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, such as using a telephone or computer or following instructions.

There are four main types of discrimination:

  • direct discrimination
  • indirect discrimination
  • harassment
  • victimisation

As an employer you should have rules in place to prevent disability discrimination.

Acas have produced a detailed guide to disability discrimination in the workplace. The Disability discrimination - key points for the workplace guide gives up to date information for employers on all aspects of disability discrimination including what it is, how and where it can happen and what you should do if an employee raises a complaint.

Download the Disability discrimination - key points for the workplace guide from the Acas website.