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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.

With information and sound advice, living up to your legal responsibilities to safeguard your employees, customers and visitors need not be difficult or costly.

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Failure to provide staff with certain training and information can have expensive consequences. Here's what you need to know.
Fear of getting ill or sustaining an injury at work can negatively impact on your peace of mind, and your performance. How to protect yourself.
For employers, ensuring your premises meet UK legal requirements for health and safety can pay many dividends. What you need to do to comply.
It's not just about following the letter of the law: if you want your firm to flourish, you need to get serious about sustainability in your business.
Paying attention to staff welfare not only demonstrates you care about your employees, it's good for your bottom line. Three things you can do today.
Construction site managers need to do everything they can to reduce hazards and promote health and safety on their sites. Key points to consider.
The prospect of a week-long heatwave is great when you are off work and you can lounge in the sunshine. But it's a different matter in the office.
Menopausal symptoms in real life are not much of a joke and can affect the working lives of the 3 million-plus women over 50 in the workplace.
The Health and Safety Statistics – Key figures for Great Britain 2013/14 provides food for thought. Some employers are still getting H&S wrong.