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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.

Following the right dismissal and redundancy procedures helps protect your business and minimise the risk of a legal dispute at tribunal.

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A shift in the economic climate, merger or move to a new location can all make redundancies inevitable. Our overview of how to manage redundancies.
Sooner or later, every business with employees will experience turnover. Use our handy checklist to make sure the exit period is handled well.
Dismissing an employee may be your best option if their performance is unacceptable, or their position no longer exists. Here are some simple rules.
Read our frequently asked questions about making employees redundant, including what procedures to follow and alternatives to consider.
Writing a reference for an ex-employee can land you in legal hot water. Understand your rights and obligations when providing references.
There will automatically be a finding of unfair dismissal against you, if you sack an employee or select them for redundancy for any of these reasons.
FAQs people ask about dismissing employees, including disciplinary procedures and what to do about claims of constructive or wrongful dismissal.
If you have to make redundancies follow the correct procedure to stay fair and legal – a step-by-step guide by Acas can help you get it right
Giving references - answers to common questions about what references you must give employees and the possible consequences
If you need to cut costs, you don’t always need to make redundancies. We list some ways you can cut your costs, not your workforce.
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.
A claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal, or unlawful discrimination, is worrying and time-consuming, and can be costly to your business.
You may be able to avoid making redundancies at all. However, if it does become necessary you need to follow the right procedures - read our guide.
Always take advice before dismissing employees. They could bring one or a combination of three claims against you if you handle the dismissal badly.

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