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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 you are planning cohabitation, marriage or a civil partnership, you should consider potential legal issues if one of you dies or you separate.

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Examples of typical financial settlements in different divorce situations: an average young family, a short marriage, a rich couple, an elderly couple
Divorce FAQs - your questions answered from what you need to prove to get a divorce to how the divorce process works
Key issues for cohabiting partners, including using a cohabitation agreement to protect yourselves, what to cover and whether it will be enforceable
How to register a civil partnership, financial affairs and children for civil partners, and how a civil partnership can be brought to an end
How to deal with domestic violence or domestic abuse, including both practical and legal steps you can take and where you can get help
Divorce glossary explaining divorce and family law terms in simple English to help you understand the legal jargon used by divorce lawyers
How moving in together affects your legal position. The rights and responsibilities of cohabiting couples and what happens if the relationship ends
Divorce and children – answers to the most common questions about parents’ rights, childcare arrangements and child maintenance payments
Whether you need a prenuptial agreement, what to cover, how to prepare your prenup and what effect a prenup has if you do get divorced
How to use family mediation to help you reach agreement with your partner or ex-partner over children, finances or other key issues
Key questions on restraining orders and injunctions answered, helping explain the different options and how to go about getting an injunction
How to get the right advice from your divorce lawyer without unnecessary cost: being organised and patient, compromising and managing your emotions
Where to get free legal advice to help you with divorce and family law – and the pitfalls to look out for
Information your divorce lawyer will need; a checklist to help you prepare
Agreeing the arrangements for your children: how child custody is decided, what rights the non-resident parent has and getting a court order