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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.

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April 2021

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The "always on" culture means that many employees work outside of their contracted hours or when they are ill, according to a new report on wellbeing at work.

New research has found that more people have turned to freelance work alongside their day jobs during the pandemic.

As the government announces ambitious climate change targets, a new poll has found that many businesses are not sure how to reduce their carbon footprint.

This year's Pitch competition promises to give 3,000 UK start-ups the tools they need to become investment ready.

Applicants for the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant are to be given an individual application date by HMRC.

The latest government data shows that under-35s account for 80% of the jobs lost in the past year.

Analysis of Google search volumes has highlighted the extent to which businesses have embraced digital marketing and ecommerce as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Both the Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chambers of Commerce are calling on the government to do more to support exporters as new trade figures show how far UK exports have fallen.

A new study has identified the UK cities where women have the best chance of starting a successful business.

A new survey has found that millions of Brits would rather carry on working from home even when the government says it's safe to go back into the workplace.

The new government-backed loan scheme promises to provide additional finance to businesses that need it throughout 2021.

Directors' optimism in the economy is at its highest level since just after the 2019 General Election, according to new data from the Institute of Directors.