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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.

If your business cannot pay its debts, it is insolvent. Consequences both for the business and for the individuals concerned can be severe.

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Being on good terms and having clear policies is vital for working with your suppliers and other creditors. Here's how to manage the relationship.
Being on good terms and having clear policies is vital for working with your suppliers and other creditors. Here's how to manage the relationship.
If your company has debts it can't pay, it's insolvent. By understanding your options, you can take steps to improve the situation. Read our guide.
Frequently asked questions about insolvency, including how you can reduce the risks and what to do if you or your business becomes insolvent
Small businesses need capital to get off the ground. What happens if the company fails, and you can't pay your investor back? We look at what could happen.
When loan repayments are not met, the creditor can take action to recover the money owed. Find out what this means for individuals and businesses who find themselves in financial difficulty.
A brand new tax season is here, and with more Brits than ever planning on starting their own small business, business tax is becoming a big topic. Here are five tips to get started on the best foot with your tax
Struggling to pay debts is stressful, especially if creditors are chasing payment. When does chasing outstanding money go to far and what is reasonable?
If you're in financial difficulties and struggling to repay a debt, all is not lost. You still have rights and can stay in control - find out more.