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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.


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.

Marketing matters. Marketing drives sales for businesses of all sizes by ensuring that customers think of their brand when they want to buy.

Importing doesn't have to be difficult, but there are pitfalls. Minimise the risk of any problems by taking a thorough approach.
Online social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have moved into the business mainstream - but the law isn't always clear.
Product liability laws cover consumer goods and goods used in a workplace. If someone ia injured by a defective product, they can sue for damages.
How to get a licence to offer credit to consumers and businesses, drawing up a credit agreement and the costs and implications involved.
Consumer Protection bans unfair commercial practices when dealing with consumers. Find out how to ensure you stay on the right side of the law.
You must display certain information on product labelling, including safety information for dangerous items. Packaging must meet legal requirements.
When selling online to individuals you must provide certain information to them and ensure they agree to your terms and conditions.
Agents and distributors can be a great way to market your products, however there are risks and it's important to have a proper agreement in place
Anti-spam law restricts the sending of unsolicited marketing emails to individual subscribers. Breaches can lead to fines of up to £5,000
Distance selling regulations apply to the sale of goods and services where there has been no face-to-face contact between the customer and your business.
Only use data for legitimate business purposes and ensure contacts have opted-in to receive marketing communications from you, and can opt-out easily.
Using a distributor can be an effective way to grow your business or launch new products quickly, but you need to manage the relationship carefully.
Many businesses sell to distributors, or work with agents who market for them. An agreement needs to be in place to cover how the arrangement works.
If your business sells to individuals without meeting them face to face, such as via e-commerce, you must comply with Consumer Contracts Regulations.
Financial transactions can be full of jargon and technical language. Make sure you understand any credit agreement with this glossary.

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