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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.

You must comply with legal restrictions on employees' working hours and time off, or risk claims, enforcement action and even prosecution.

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Working time regulations safeguard employee health and safety. Our guide to holidays, breaks, night work and other working time employee rights.
Almost all employees with at least 26 weeks’ service have the right to ask for flexible working. Advice on how to consider flexible working requests.
Answers to frequently asked questions about working time rules, including exceptions and what counts as time spent working.
FAQs about flexible working, including employee rights to request flexible working and your obligations when it comes to granting requests.
How flexible do employers need to be when letting employees work different hours or from different locations? Read our guide to the basics
Employers granting one flexible working request but not another need to beware of discrimination claims. Find out how to avoid the pitfalls.
There is no legal definition of a "zero hours contract". This guide outlines the rules governing arrangements where employers don't guarantee work.
You must comply with legal requirements on employees' working hours. Giving employees fair holidays and pay can also help to improve performance.
Bereavement in the workplace can be challenging to manage, requiring employers to be compassionate, understanding and flexible in their approach.
Most employees have the right to apply to you to work flexibly, provided that they have worked for you for at least 26 continuous weeks.
Answers to frequently asked questions about holiday issues including the rights of part-time workers and when you can refuse to grant leave.
Find out about employee rights and responsibilities concerning getting to work during bad weather or transport strikes
Full-time employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday each year. Part-time workers are entitled to holiday on a pro rata basis.

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