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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.


Jo Davis
Partner, employment practice group leader
Renowned for her “impressive negotiation skills” and “phenomenal knowledge of employment law”, lawyer Jo Davis is an employment law powerhouse.
Simon Deans
Partner, corporate and commercial practice leader
Specialising in technology and intellectual property issues, Simon Deans is a formidable advocate within the corporate and commercial sector.
Craig Williams
Partner, litigation and dispute resolution
Commercial litigation lawyer Craig Williams has an excellent reputation for solving disputes in the corporate sector and is also highly-skilled at resolving inheritance disputes for private clients.

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

You are responsible for the the health and safety of everyone affected by your business. This guide covers the main issues including risk assessments.
Every business has an impact on the environment and legal obligations. Complying with the rules can also help minimise risks and any associated costs.
Complying with health and safety regulations can seem daunting but it is relatively straightforward. This briefing outlines the key responsibilities.
Do you know what your obligations for health and safety or risk assessment are? These FAQs can help you understand your responsibilities.
Managing basic health and safety need not be costly or complicated. Following this common-sense checklist can help minimise most risks.
A risk assessment identifies the risks posed by your workplace, practices and processes. This checklist helps you identify, eliminate or reduce them.
You must ensure your workplace meets a range of health and safety requirements. This article covers the minimim standards your workplace must meet.
There are a number of simple steps that can help minimise the chances of an accident happening and the implications in the event that one does.
Diane Yarrow imparts her environmental industry expertise on anaerobic digestion.
Health and Safety calculators and ready-reckoners to help you assess employees' exposure to noise
This Health & Safety Executive advice aims to simplify risk assessments and helps you identify, assess and control workplace hazards
Read this leaflet from the Health and Safety Executive to find out more about what you need to do as an employer to keep your homeworkers safe.
Most small shops pose minimal health and safety risk but you must still carry out a risk assessment. Create a shop risk assessment with this tool.
You cannot simply just throw your waste away. Your carrier must be licensed to handle your waste. Use this directory to find the right carrier.
If you regularly transport waste generated by your business, you need to register as a waste carrier. Use this tool to register as a waste carrier.

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