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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.

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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.