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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.

Your company articles of association usually set out shareholders' rights. You can use a separate shareholders agreement to cover other key issues.

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How to deal with private company shares and options. Reasons and procedures for issuing new shares, tax considerations and other common questions.
Making sure you follow the rules for holding shareholder meetings and taking decisions, in line with company law and your articles of association.
Shareholders’ rights and obligations. Company articles of association and shareholders’ agreements. Partnerships and partnership agreements.
How to use a shareholders’ agreement to protect different shareholders rights. Key issues to cover including plans, shareholder vetos and share transfers
Why you might sell your shares back to the company. Legal restrictions and authorisations required, procedures to follow, tax consequences