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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.

Disciplinary and grievance issues can be a major burden to employers. Putting in place and following the right procedures is essential.

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If your employees want to file a grievance, there should be a fair and clear way to do this. Read our tips on setting up a grievance procedure.
You need to have clear rules outlining what will happen if employees commit an offence in the workplace. Our checklist tells you what to include.
Our guide to setting up good procedures that let you deal with disciplinary and grievance issues consistently and fairly.
Not sure how to go about holding a fair and lawful disciplinary hearing when an employee has breached workplace rules? Follow our step-by-step guide.
Sacking an employee for gross misconduct can be tricky, and getting it wrong could lead to legal proceedings. Our FAQs explain your responsibilities.
Answers to frequently asked questions on disciplining employees, including grounds for disciplinary action and what to do in specific circumstances.
Not sure what to do if an employee has filed a workplace grievance? Our FAQs answer some of your most common concerns about the law.
Almost a third of UK employees have experienced workplace bullying. Employers must take appropriate action to tackle bad behaviour - here's how.
Social media is a public forum - and one thoughtless, ill-judged or controversial post could have far-reaching consequences. How to stay safe.
Employee complaints can often be resolved quickly and easily. Follow a grievance procedure if it’s more complex. This step-by-step guide explains how
If your workers' leisure activities create problems with other colleagues or could potentially damage your business' reputation – what can you do?
From reclaiming your business' property to ensuring your confidential information is kept secret, you must make sure that everything you do is legal.

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