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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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Finding out that your insurance doesn’t cover you after an incident can be devastating. Make sure you have the right amount of cover.
Using CCTV in the workplace is subject to data protection and human rights law. So what must employers do to avoid breaking the law?
Commercial tenants with older leases wanting to sublet can find their lease tricky to get out of. Find out how to overcome these problems.
You have a great opportunity to move to perfect premises but you need to get out of your existing lease. Know the barriers and how to overcome them.
Commonhold schemes are intended for commercial and residential multi-occupancy properties with extensive common facilities and structures.
If you're buying or selling business premises, or taking out a lease, you’ll need commercial conveyancing. How the professionals can help.
Whether you're buying or selling a commercial property, quality legal representation is well worth investing in. Bear these six things in mind.
With an increasing number of people working away from their desks for days at a time, it's time to ask whether we've outgrown traditional offices.
Among the many challenges when you start a business is finding suitable, safe premises to operate in. The health and safety rules you need to know.
Businesses have an obligation - both legal and moral - to make as their premises accessible for those with disabilities. The steps you can take.
If you're finding it hard to get insurance because of flood risk, this tool can help you track down a specialist insurer.
Getting out of a lease can leave you with expensive obligations to repair or reinstate the property. Find out your obligations
Self-assessment tool for businesses which use surveillance cameras to help them comply with Data Protection Rules
RICS have produced a guide to help you with advice on sourcing, financing, surveying and safeguarding a property for your business.
When taking on business premises, key issues you may face are choosing premises, negotiating a lease, challenging dilapidations claims, sub-letting.

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