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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.

Employment law is notoriously complicated, but there are some basics which apply to all employees which it’s helpful to know.

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Employers can't afford to look the other way when their staff have personal problems - but how much legal responsibility do they have to help?
Workplace stress - what is it and what can you do about it?
What is unfair dismissal?
Sometimes you unavoidably need to be off work as you are unwell. Discover what your sickness absence rights are and the rules on statutory sick pay.
Employees, what are the other types of employment law?
What is a grievance procedure and how do you use it?
What are employment tribunals and how can you raise a claim at one?
If you have felt that you had no option but to resign due to a difficult or unpleasant work situation, it's possible that an employment tribunal would rule that you had experienced 'constructive dismissal'.
Bullying and harassment at work - what is it and what can you do about it?
Breach of employment contract - what is it and what can you do about it?

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