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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.
Kathryn Fielder
Senior associate, employment law
With a legal career spanning over two decades senior associate Kathryn Fielder has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Most pregnant employees are entitled to maternity leave and maternity pay, while new fathers are entitled to paternity leave and paternity pay.

Find out about your key responsibilities towards employees who are pregnant or have recently had a baby in this guide from GOV.UK.
Frequently asked questions about how to manage pregnant employees in the workplace, and employee rights to maternity leave and pay
Information on rates of maternity, paternity and adoption pay, how much leave new parents are entitled to and how shared parental leave works
Shared parental leave gives qualifying new parents and partners the right to share their statutory leave following the birth or adoption of a child.
All employees that are the expectant father or partner of a pregnant woman are entitled to take unpaid time off to attend two antenatal appointments.
Any employee with at least one year’s service is entitled to take up to 18 weeks’ unpaid leave per child for the purpose of caring for that child.
Find out about your employee's entitlement to paternity leave, how much you should pay them and their obligations regarding their return to work.
Use this calculator to work out how much statutory maternity or paternity pay you’re required to give to an employee on maternity or paternity leave.
Given the number of rules surrounding parental rights, you could be forgiven for not knowing where you stand if an employee becomes pregnant.

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