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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.
Vicky Holland
Partner, corporate and commercial
Vicky Holland has a vast range of corporate experience, including leading merger and acquisition transactions and complex restructurings, as well as handling commercial contracts.

Setting up a business involves complying with a range of legal requirements. Find out which ones apply to you and your new enterprise.

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Buying a franchise allows you to set up a business using a tried and tested formula, and benefiting from the experience and support of the franchisor.
Whatever commercial activity you are engaged in, from buying supplies to selling your product, you need to be aware of the legal issues involved.

If you start a business on your own, or with someone else, and don't form a company, you will be trading as a sole trader or in a partnership.
Your business name can be a valuable asset you can include in your balance sheet, sell, mortgage to raise money or license to others.
When forming a business make sure you get it right from the start. Check the key considerations and legal requirements to prevent expensive mistakes.
Use this GOV.UK licence finder tool to check whether your business requires any permits or licences in place in order to operate legally.

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