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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.

Whether your business owns or rents premises, your legal liabilities can be substantial. Commercial property law is complex, but you can avoid common pitfalls.

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Most businesses rent their premises, either through a lease or a licence, as it's flexible and ties up minimal capital. Our guide to what to consider.
Rent reviews and business rates revaluations can cost you money. How to judge whether an increase is reasonable, and how to challenge an increase.
Moving into licensed property is easier, quicker and cheaper than taking on a lease or buying a freehold property. Our overview of premises licences.
Moving premises can be time-consuming and disruptive to your business, and communication is key. Our guide to planning and managing a premises move.
As your business needs change, you may want to get out of your premises lease - but it will likely involve negotiation with your landlord. Our guide.
Buying your premises gives you control over your place of business - but also leads to liabilities. Read our guide before making a decision.
Break-ins and theft could threaten your business if you lose key equipment or data. Learn how to keep your premises protected.
Moving premises can be highly disruptive. It's important to plan how you can resume work with a minimum of time lost. Here's what to consider.
Claiming on your insurance can be stressful - but if you follow these steps you can maximise your chances of success.
Depending on the size of your business and what you do, there are some insurances that will be compulsory and others that are highly advisable. 
It's essential to get adequate insurance cover for your business, so that if disaster strikes your business can recover.
Rent reviews are a mechanism for adjusting a tenant’s rent to the current market level. You negotiate a rent review with your landlord.
If you lease business premises, understand your responsibilities for maintenance and repairs - they should be clearly set out in the lease.
Leasing premises is an appealing option for businesses. It gives you a secure base without the costs of buying a freehold. Read our Leasing FAQs
Buying premises may be one of the largest investments you make in your business. Understand the process and have all the legal bases covered.

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