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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.

What particular regulations do specific types of business (such as a hotel, or a printer, or a taxi firm) need to follow? We explain some of the key legal issues to consider for 200 types of business.

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.

Hiring employees from other countries

Every employee you hire has different needs. Hopefully, these should be unearthed at the interview stage. Compatibility is a big part of securing a good hire, and you must do everything you can to ensure that your business can fully support each talent you take on.

If you aren't at least satisfactory in this regard, you'll rack up unhappy employees and a poor reputation.

Consequently, it's important that you understand your employee's needs. Of course, this can be slightly more difficult if they're originally from a different country. Still, this is no excuse for neglecting these duties.

Here's how to understand your role in handling immigration in your business.

Checking the right to work

Hiring a new employee is as simple as interviewing a suitable candidate and signing contracts between you - right?

Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Hiring a candidate from overseas is a technical process. They need the right documentation to make their move official - for example, residence and work permits and/or visas.

If a candidate can't provide proof of their right to work in the UK, you must not hire them. Take the time to make sure that each candidate has ticked all the right boxes with their paperwork - if you don't, penalties can be severe.

Ask the employee

As far as immigration goes, a foreign worker hasn't just stumbled into your country on accident. They've likely arrived with clearly outlined employment goals, and are no doubt aware of the laws surrounding their move and right to work in their new home.

Consequently, if you have any doubts or concerns about their legal situation, voice them to the employee. They will know their situation better than anyone, and will be happy to work with you if you have their wellbeing in mind.

Getting legal advice

If you're hiring workers who were born overseas, it's important that you have an acute understanding of the legal situation surrounding their employment.

Any lapse in judgement could be grounds for accusations of prejudice and unlawful behaviour, so it's vital that you have a solid grasp on what is required of you. Before you perform any action, do your research and be informed.

Instead of leaving things to chance, immigration lawyers can iron out many of the details with you. As well as performing tasks like countering deportation, more than anything this kind of service offers peace of mind.

The role of the immigration lawyer is to help you nurture and retain all your talent so that your business can run smoothly and confidently.

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