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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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June 2022

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A new poll has found that self-employed workers are less stressed and more confident about their own prospects as they anticipate a significant rise in day rates over the next 12 months.

A new HMRC study has found that while awareness of Making Tax Digital is fairly high among VAT-registered firms, there is widespread confusion about specific requirements and many businesses don't think the rules apply to them.

A poll of small firms in the UK has found that there is widespread evidence that consumers are showing more support for independent shops and businesses as UK trading conditions worsen.

The Small Business Commissioner has joined an alliance of 16 leading UK business groups in a drive for faster payments to support small firms as the cost of doing business bites.

A new survey reveals that if small businesses unlocked the full benefits of tech it would add an extra £232 billion to the UK economy

A new survey has found that 61% of start-up business owners say they won't use the services of an accountant to file tax returns in a bid to save money.

A poll of small business owners has found that seven in ten firms with growth plans say they won't be able to achieve their objectives without an injection of finance.