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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.

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.

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If you're considering selling your business, you need to arrive at a fair value. Here are all the factors you should take into account.
The worth of a business is based on how much profit a buyer can make from it, and the potential risks. Read our guide to valuing your business.
Floating your company can be one of the most exciting experiences in your business life. But it can also be stressful, time-consuming and expensive.
Being on good terms and having clear policies is vital for working with your suppliers and other creditors. Here's how to manage the relationship.
If your company has debts it can't pay, it's insolvent. By understanding your options, you can take steps to improve the situation. Read our guide.
It's a common misconception that to become a plc you have to float your company on the Stock Exchange with all the complexity and expense this entails
Sourcing venture capital, negotiating a deal and deciding on shareholder rights and management input. What to do if things go wrong.
Venture capital firms provide financing in return for shares. Business angels do the same, but usually expect a higher degree of personal involvement.
Frequently asked questions about insolvency, including how you can reduce the risks and what to do if you or your business becomes insolvent
A cartel is an agreement betweeen businesses not to compete with each other for example on price or market sharing. Being part of a cartel is illegal.
The term joint venture is most commonly used to describe an arrangement where two or more businesses create a separate joint venture business
The most common ways of financing a business and their pitfalls; how to raise cash for expansion and what to do if you get into trouble.
Venture capitalist investors and business angels may be able to help you obtain financing for your business in return for a proportion of your shares
Bridging loans have been growing in popularity among UK small business owners for years. But it's good to know you're in safe - regulated - hands.
Given the importance of small businesses to the UK economy, more needs to be done to help them survive - and thrive. Could microfinance be the answer?

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