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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.

The right employment policies are an essential part of effective staff management. Make sure any policy is clear and well communicated to employees.

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Online social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have moved into the business mainstream - but the law isn't always clear.
Workplace policies can save you a lot of time and effort and can help avoid misunderstandings or more serious employee disputes.
A well-thought-out internet policy can stop employees wasting time online, downloading viruses and endangering data security. How to introduce one.
An email policy sets out how employees can use email and any monitoring you intend to do. Here's how to formulate a clear policy.
Read our checklist on creating a workplace email policy, establishing security procedures and letting your employees know what's expected of them.
A code of conduct should spell out acceptable behaviour in your workplace, as well as giving you a reference should problems arise in the future.
Rules on dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know, almost year after the government guidance was published.

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