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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.

Marketing matters. Marketing drives sales for businesses of all sizes by ensuring that customers think of their brand when they want to buy.

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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.
Are you handling customer data legally and is your marketing database up to code? Find out with this checklist.
Buying from a supplier abroad can involve different legal issues, both in the UK and overseas. Our guide to what you need to address.
Licensing issues, restrictions, taxes and different product standards can all trip you up when exporting. Our overview of what you need to consider.
Product liability laws cover consumer goods and goods used in a workplace. If someone is injured by a defective product, they can sue for damages.
How to get a licence to offer credit to consumers and businesses, drawing up a credit agreement and the costs and implications involved.
Consumer Protection bans unfair commercial practices when dealing with consumers. Find out how to ensure you stay on the right side of the law.
You must display certain information on product labelling, including safety information for dangerous items. Packaging must meet legal requirements.
When selling online to individuals you must provide certain information to them and ensure they agree to your terms and conditions.
Agents and distributors can be a great way to market your products, however there are risks and it's important to have a proper agreement in place.
Anti-spam law restricts the sending of unsolicited marketing emails to individual subscribers. Breaches can lead to fines of up to £5,000
Distance selling rules apply to the sale of goods and services where there has been no face-to-face contact between the customer and your business.
Using a distributor can be an effective way to grow your business or launch new products quickly, but you need to manage the relationship carefully.
If your business sells to individuals or businesses without meeting them face to face, you must comply with consumer protection regulations.
Thinking of expanding into Australia or doing trade in the Australian market? Find out if you need a work visa in order to make a trade visit.