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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.

Establishing a successful recruitment process and clear written employment contracts for new employees can have a major impact on your business.

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Skilled interviewing is important to make sure you recruit the right person. How to interview candidates, and common mistakes to avoid.
Recruiting a graduate can give your business an influx of talent, enthusiasm and fresh ideas - our guide to attracting suitable candidates.
Our step-by step guide to inducting new employees into your business, providing everything they need and helping them feel settled.
A clear and fair employment contract helps both you and your new employee understand your obligations to each other. Our overview of the key issues.
Employment law can be complex, but you must get it right, or face potential legal claims. Our guide to the basic employment law.
Our step-by-step guide to drawing up an employment contract, from thinking up the basic terms to include to agreeing and signing with your employee.
Not sure what your obligations are when it comes to employment contracts, or what to do if one is breached? Read our helpful FAQs.
Read guidance to help you comply with disability law when recruiting and employing disabled workers or those with a long term health condition
Discrimination can either be direct or indirect. To avoid discrimination and other claims, you must be fair and be able to show you have been fair.
If you want to attract employees who are suited to your business needs, the process begins with drawing up a good job description.
Employers may be liable to pay ‘interns’ on temporary placements at least the national minimum wage if the circumstances imply they are ‘workers’.

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