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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.

Any kind of lawsuit can be stressful, expensive and time-consuming. Understanding the best way to deal with a dispute can help reduce problems.

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Legal insurance for your business can help you cover the costs of legal action; our guide explains the risks of legal action and how to insure against them.
If you can't sort out a business dispute peacefully, you may have to resort to legal action. Our guide to the key steps and considerations.
Accidents, mistakes and misunderstandings can happen in any business - and you can end up facing a legal claim. How to handle things if you're sued.
Ten practical ways your small business may be able to improve its chances of a favourable outcome when trying to settle commercial disputes
You might want or need to sue a business. Discover why you might need to take such action and how much it could cost.
Professionals have a legal duty of care to their clients. If they do not perform to the standard required and their client suffers damage or loss, the client can bring a claim for professional negligence.
Introduction to the UK justice system, the role of the Crown Prosecution Service, jurors and HM Court and Tribunal's Service and an overview of possible sentences.
There are two categories of litigation, commercial or civil and the procedures have crucial differences. This article explains them both and the types of dispute that can lead to litigation.
When you appoint a lawyer, both parties have ethical responsibilities to ensure a strong lawyer-client relationship
If you're in financial difficulties and struggling to repay a debt, all is not lost. You still have rights and can stay in control - find out more.
Nervous about attending magistrates' court? Find out what to expect from the proceedings, no matter why you happen to be attending.