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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.

From pay, hours and time off to discipline, grievance and hiring and firing employees, find out about your legal responsibilities as an employer.

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Rules on dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know, almost year after the government guidance was published.
The government has pledged to protect UK workers' rights when we exit the EU - but with no deal yet agreed, the ramifications are still unclear.
If you're taking on staff for the first time, you'll want to avoid making any costly legal mis-steps. Your introduction to employment law.
Almost a third of UK employees have experienced workplace bullying. Employers must take appropriate action to tackle bad behaviour - here's how.
When hiring workers who were born overseas, it's important that you check their right to work in the UK - or face severe penalties. How the law works.
Employers have a duty to make sure their employees are safe - including those working alone. The business impacts of failing to protect lone workers.
Social media is a public forum - and one thoughtless, ill-judged or controversial post could have far-reaching consequences. How to stay safe.
Employers need to be aware of whether their workers have the right to work in the UK - or face penalties. We explain what the law says.

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