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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.

Commercial disputes can prove time-consuming, stressful and expensive, but having robust legal agreements can help to prevent them from occurring.

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Legal insurance for your business can help you cover the costs of legal action; our guide explains the risks of legal action and how to insure against them.
Commercial disputes can become costly in terms of time and expense. This checklist will help you handle disputes with the aim of resolving them.
The basics of sale and purchase contracts, and how to avoid the pitfalls. Other key legal issues and trading regulations affecting small businesses.
If you can't sort out a business dispute peacefully, you may have to resort to legal action. Our guide to the key steps and considerations.
Accidents, mistakes and misunderstandings can happen in any business - and you can end up facing a legal claim. How to handle things if you're sued.
Avoid cash flow problems and encourage your customers to pay on time by charging interest on late payments. Our guide to your rights.
Most businesses experience some problems getting paid on time - but unpaid debts can cause serious cash flow issues. We explain your options.
Ten practical ways your small business may be able to improve its chances of a favourable outcome when trying to settle commercial disputes
If you have a 'retention of title' clause in your terms of trade, you can get your goods back if a customer doesn't pay. This article tells you how.
Selling to overseas customers can be good for growth, but the risk of non-payment is higher. Find out what steps you can take to ensure you get paid.
If a customer pays you late, you have the right to charge them statutory interest on that late payment. Find out how with this helpful overview.
An injunction can stop the other side in a dispute from disposing of assets to stop you enforcing your rights. Find out how to get an injunction.
Inadequate trading terms can you don't get paid. Minimise bad debts by setting out clear terms of trade and make customers are aware of them.
For many businesses, a 1% cut in costs can have the same impact on profit as a 10% increase in sales. Our guide to efficient purchasing.
Almost every business will experience late payment at some point. This practical checklist will help you recover the money you are owed.