Starting up

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Licence and permit finder tool

Use this GOV.UK licence finder tool to check whether your business requires any permits or licences in place in order to operate legally.

Sector specific law


Staff agency legal issues

The following is an outline of some of the legislation which may be relevant for a staff agency.

Business ownership and management

Finance and business strategy

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Obtaining venture capital FAQs

Sourcing venture capital, negotiating a deal and deciding on shareholder rights and management input. What to do if things go wrong.

Employment law

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Holidays FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about holiday issues including the rights of part-time workers and when you can refuse to grant leave.

Marketing and selling

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Trading online FAQs

When selling online to individuals you must provide certain information to them and ensure they agree to your terms and conditions.

Contracts, disputes




If you can't sort out a business dispute peacefully, you may have to resort to legal action. Our guide to the key steps and considerations.

Commercial premises law

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Essential guide to property licences

Moving into licensed property is easier, quicker and cheaper than taking on a lease or buying a freehold property. Our overview of premises licences.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT


Purchasing IT FAQs

How to go about purchasing hardware, software and IT systems for your business, licensing and what to do if your IT solution fails to work properly.

Intellectual property

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Community trade mark registry search

Use this search tool from the Trade marks and designs registration office to find trade marks that have been registered and are valid within the EU

Exit strategies