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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.


Chris Hardy
Senior partner, residential property
With more than 30 years’ experience, Chris Hardy is recognised as a trusted adviser for all legal issues in the residential property sector.
Michael Larcombe
Partner, commercial property practice leader
Commercial property lawyer Michael Larcombe has built a strong reputation for providing expert legal advice to property investors, entrepreneurs and developers.
Alison Taylor
Partner, commercial property
Alison Taylor's extensive experience in a wide range of commercial property matters includes portfolio transactions, freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals.

Choosing premises for your business doesn't just mean finding the right space in the right location - you also need to think about lease terms.

Renting premises is flexible and ties up a minimal amount of capital. Most businesses rent their premises, either through a lease or a licence.
Leasing premises is often the most appealing option for businesses. The right lease gives you a secure base without the costs of buying a freehold.
Buying premises may be one of the largest investments you make in your business. Understand the process and have all the legal bases covered.
Licensed properties are often ideal for start-ups. You can get in fast without tying up capital and can change premises easily as your business grows.
Commonhold schemes are intended for commercial and residential multi-occupancy properties with extensive common facilities and structures.
Heat Network Regulations 2014 came into force with a requirement to charge tenants of multi-let buildings for heating or cooling based on consumption.
RICS have produced a guide to help you with advice on sourcing, financing, surveying and safeguarding a property for your business.

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