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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.

Your company articles of association usually set out shareholders' rights. You can use a separate shareholders agreement to cover other key issues.

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New shares may be issued to raise funds, or for other business objectives. Shares can be transferred (sold or given) by a shareholder to a new owner.
Shareholder decisions are usually made at a shareholder meeting. Exceptions and other rules are documented in the company articles of association.
Shareholders have certain rights, usally attached to the class of shares that they hold in a company, as well as various obligations and liabilities.
Shareholders have relatively few, but important rights to intervene, principal amongst which is the right to appoint and remove directors.
Selling shares back to your company may be your best option if you can't find a third party buyer, or existing shareholders can't afford to buy them.

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